How To Smoke Oysters – Easy Step By Step Method

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Typically eaten raw, this delicacy has been a favorite amongst seafood lovers for many years.

They can also be cooked in a number of ways, from boiled to fried to smoked.

In fact you may have tried smoked oysters already, as they can come readily available in a can.

However, freshly smoked oysters are completely different to what you would get in a can.

By smoking them at home you get a light smoky taste and a delicious texture that you can’t get anywhere else.

It is also shockingly easy.

If you’re not a fan of oysters then it’s a good idea to give smoked oysters a try. While it does slightly change the taste of them, the main difference is the texture.

Many people don’t like oysters because of their slimy texture, but smoked oysters are chewable and delightful.

Below you will find the easiest way to smoke oysters on a barbecue, and also some ideas on how you can serve them.

Contents

Equipment

The first thing you will need is your smoker of choice. There are many options such as pellet, charcoal or electric.

If you want to you can even use your barbecue, which is what we do in this recipe.

Next is the type of wood you will be smoking with. We recommend alder or cherry wood to get a delicate smoky flavor.

Finally you will need a rack that will support your oysters, it doesn’t have to be anything too fancy.

Just make sure that the oysters can’t slip through it and onto the bottom of the grill.

Ingredients

  • As many oysters as you like, we recommend about 25 for this recipe
  • 4 sticks of butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A bunch of parsley

Method

  1. Make sure your smoker is set to about 225 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Melt your butter over a low heat. Or in the microwave for 10 seconds intervals until it is completely melted if you don’t feel like cleaning a pan.
  3. Dice up your garlic and parsley and then stir them into your butter.
  4. Shuck your oysters, try to keep as much of the oyster liquid as you can. Discard the top shell.
  5. Make sure your oysters are clean. This means there is no excess shell or dirt in it.
  6. Once your smoker is producing clean smoke you can line up your oysters on the rack.
  7. Add a spoonful of butter to each oyster and then cover them.
  8. Leave for about 30-50 minutes or until they are firm.
  9. Enjoy!

If you have any leftover oysters then you can keep them in a jar of olive oil for a week, or you can freeze them.

How To Serve?

How To Serve

While smoked oysters are amazing on their own, there are many different ways you can serve them. Here are a few.

  • To add extra flavor you can marinate your oysters before cooking. Simply remove them from the shell (keep the larger half of it to cook them in later) and leave them in a marinate of your choice for 30-45 minutes.
  • After melting your butter you can add hot sauce or bourbon to it. This gives the oysters an extra kick!
  • Once they’re cooked you can sprinkle them with a little bit of grated pecorino romano cheese. The saltiness of the cheese works really well with the oysters.
  • For a wonderfully sweet take, you can mix honey and olive oil together and drizzle it on the oysters.
  • If you want to serve them like a fancy restaurant would, then you can add a mignonette sauce. This is simply made from minced shallots, freshly cracked pepper and vinegar.
  • They can be used as a part of a meal. Smoked oysters go well in a salad, or served with pasta. They can also be added to a delicious seafood chowder.
  • You can add them to a seafood paella for a smoky, Spanish inspired meal.
  • If you really want to get creative, then why not add them to a white sauce pizza. You can also add any of your other favorite seafood to get a deliciously fresh taste.
  • You can even blend them into a pâté. Served it on a thinly sliced toasted baguette and top them with a light drizzle of olive oil.

How To Shuck Oysters?

Many people see shucking oysters as this impossible skill that only trained professionals can do.

We’re here to tell you that is not the case. All you need is time, a steady hand, and a shucking knife.

If you don’t have a shucking knife that’s okay, you could use a flat-head screwdriver instead.

Are Oysters Good For You

Yes they are! Oysters are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamins A & B.

They’re also commonly known as aphrodisiacs. This is due to their high zinc contents, and how rich they are in amino acids.

Summary

Smoked oysters are a great way to level up your barbeque. They can make your event seem extra fancy, with you putting minimal effort to get there.

Even if you aren’t doing a large event, smoked oysters are a delicious and healthy midday snack.

They also have the added benefit of being their own serving dishes!

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