Grilled Oysters

Christmas Eve for my family means sea food and oysters are always on the menu. Fried, baked, battered or rolled in breadcrumbs – but my favourite is just simply placing them on a hot grill.

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  • 24 oysters
  • 1 lemon, sliced for squeezing

Prepare and preheat barbecue.

Make sure all oysters are tightly closed, and discard any that are not. Scrub all of the oysters with a wire brush under cold water to take off any sand etc.

Once the barbecue is at a medium heat, put the oysters on the grill fat side down so that the juices stay in the shell. The oyster will begin to open after 3 to 5 minutes.

Once the oysters are cooked, remove from the grill. Any that don’t open, discard. With a oyster knife, pry open the oysters fully. Remove the oyster and place it in the juices on the deep side of the shell.

I guess you could put them on a bed of ice, but ours never make it very far off of the grill before someone eats them. Serve with a splash of lemon juice.

There are 3 Comments

  1. I love grilled oysters. It’s so simple but such a great little treat. Happy Holidays!

  2. I live in Maryland with my lovely wife Dr. E., and believe me, we share your love for grilled oysters … or raw oysters on the half shell … or oysters stew … or Oysters Rockefeller … or … by now, I think you get the idea.

    Great post.

    And have a Happy New Year!

    DocChuck and wife, Dr. E.

  3. I have always wanted to make these but living in the midwest leaves me hunting for fresh seafood. We just got a new fresh seafood market!! I just ordered my Oysters for the New Year family get together!! Wish me luck and thank you for the post.

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