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5 ways with Oysters - Great Oyster Recipes

Updated on October 7, 2014

Classic and New Oyster Recipes

Along with being low calorie, healthy and easy to prepare, oysters make an impressive first course. Oh and they are supposed to be an aphrodisiac.

Great oysters can be found around the world. In Australia, America and South Africa there are some amazing oyster varieties. On this page I have included 5 easy oyster recipes that you can serve for an easy lunch or a dinner party with friends.

Lime is one of my favorite flavors; it’s fresh and tangy and makes food feel like summer to me. This very simply oyster dressing is a great one to serve on a mixed platter with some oysters natural in case not all your guests are chili lovers.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: good for about 12 oysters


  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves


  1. 1. Finely chop the chili and coriander
  2. 2. Juice the lemon and lime
  3. 3. Mix all ingredients together
  4. 4. You can do these first steps a few hours before serving
  5. 5. Spoon over the oysters shortly before serving.
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Oysters Kilpatrick - The classic cooked oyster dish

This is a good introduction to oysters for most people... everyone loves bacon and as the oysters are grilled and not raw many first time oyster eaters are more likely to have a taste.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 4


  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 rashers lean bacon
  • rind removed
  • very finely diced
  • 2 cups rock salt
  • 24 oysters
  • shucked
  • 30 mls of good quality BBQ sauce
  • Finely chopped chives
  • lemon to serve
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh breadcrumbs


  1. 1. Remove oysters from the shell and wash the shells to remove any debris. Place the oysters back into the shell.
  2. 2. Place on a shallow oven pan that is suitable to go under a grill (broiler)
  3. 3. Cook finely diced bacon in a fry pan until just crisp, stir through the breadcrumbs
  4. 4. Mix the BBQ and Worcestershire sauces together and small teaspoon over each oyster.
  5. 5. Add the bacon and crumb mixture and place until the grill for 3-4 minutes until the topping is golden

Japanese Style Oysters - Oysters with Mirin and Cucumber

Fresh, healthy and almost no calories - perfect!


  • 2 tablespoons of Mirin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low salt preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 3 green onions
  • 36 Oysters


  1. 1. Clean oysters (buy them cleaned and opened if preferred).
  2. 2. Place oysters on a plate of crushed ice in the refrigerator.
  3. 3. Mix liquid ingredients
  4. 4. Finely chop cucumbers and onions
  5. 5. Place a little liquid over each oyster and sprinkle with cucumber and green onion

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Oysters with Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce - Warning - these are not low calorie!

You can make your own hollandaise sauce or pick up a bottle of good quality sauce from the store.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: 20

Serves: serves 4-6


  • 24 Oysters
  • 2 tspn butter
  • 200 gms baby spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 150 mls hollandaise sauce - store bought or homemade is fine
  • Tarragon or Chervil


  1. 1. Fry spinach in butter until it is wilted - remove excess moister by squeezing and then season with salt and pepper
  2. 2. Remove oysters from shell and clean and dry shells. Set oysters aside
  3. 3. Place oysters on backing tray and add the spinach mixture even between the shells
  4. 4. Place oysters on top of spinach mixture
  5. 5. Spoon a little hollandaise over each oyster and grill for a few minutes until golden. Sprinkle with herbs and serve

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 10

Serves: 4-6

Oysters with Parmesan topping - super quick and a little decadent

  • 24 oysters
  • 175 ml thickened or double cream (45% fat)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 25 g Parmesan
  • finely grated
  • 50 g butter
  • melted


  1. 1. Place oysters on a grilling tray with rock salt
  2. 2. Spoon a little cream over each oyster
  3. 3. Season with black pepper
  4. 4. Add a little Parmesan and melted butter
  5. 5. Grill for 1-2 minutes until cheese browns

Eating and serving oysters in style

Do you have a favorite way to prepare oysters?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just like it as is to taste the ocean. A bit of lemon sometimes. I had some for Christmas lunch.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I only do them cooked and mostly in a seafood gumbo for which I am semi-famous along the Emerald Coast:) yet I love them baked au gratin with a squeeze of lemon... I think somewhere in my bloodline there is a cajun hiding out!

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      sibian 5 years ago

      I love them raw, rinsed in fresh water, with a drop of Tabasco sauce, a small squeeze of lemon juice and freshly ground pepper.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I fry them up for Christmas Eve; can't even look at an oyster without thing of my dad, we were the only ones in the family who liked them.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Oysters Kilpatrick sounds delicious. I had a variation of it but with clams and bacon and apple. I like eating them raw or in an omelet, the best!

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago


      I'm a huge fan of oysters :) Thanks & Blessed