ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Easy Entertaining Tips: Oyster Roast

Updated on March 22, 2013

When the nights cool and crisp, folks here in the South get the craving for fresh oysters. And there’s no better way to enjoy the succulent taste of the slimy critters than with an oyster roast. It’s a fun, easy way to throw a dinner party, and it makes for great entertaining! If you make cold side dishes in advance, you can spend all your time with your guests, and none of it the kitchen! Half the fun is grilling the oysters. People seem to love standing around the grill, chatting, as the oysters cook.

To start with, you’ll need to decide where everyone will eat. We always have our oyster roasts on the deck. We have several outdoor table and chair sets, and if we need more seating, I put up a card table or two, along with some chairs. I usually just cover the tables with newspapers – the traditional table covering for oyster roasts and low country boils.

You’ll have to locate a seafood market that sells fresh oysters in the shell. These are usually sold by the bushel, and you can choose either selects or standard size. Selects are larger, with more meat for the amount of shell than the standards, but selects are more expensive. Some markets sell the selects by the count instead of by a bushel measurement – usually in amounts of 100. How many will you need? Most guidelines recommend six oysters per person, but in all honestly, I think most people will eat significantly more than that! There are probably around 120-130 oysters in a typical bushel.

Pick up your oysters on the afternoon of your oyster roast. Using a garden hose and a scrub brush, rinse the oysters and remove any mud from them. Check to make sure all of them are alive. If the shells are open, tap the oyster. If the shell doesn’t close immediately, the oyster is dead and should be discarded. When the oysters have been cleaned, place them in a cooler with ice. If it’s cold outside, the oysters won’t need extra refrigeration.

To go with the oysters, you’ll need saltine crackers, cocktail sauce, melted butter, and salt and pepper. Some of your guests will like some extra “heat,” so you’ll need to have some hot sauce and some extra grated horseradish, too. Place a little of each on these on all the tables. You might also want to place a large plastic bowl in the center of each table for shells, along with a roll of paper towels.

Keep your side items simple. Have dishes like cole slaw, potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, and/or macaroni salad. Garlic bread is also good with roasted oysters.

Use a gas or electric grill for cooking the oysters. You’ll need the heat at about the medium level. Some people place their oysters on a cookie sheet or similar pan, but we usually just place our oysters directly on the grill grates. Whichever method you choose, the oysters need to be covered with a wet cloth. We always use the burlap bag the oysters came in, and it works great. Just make sure it’s good and wet. Not only does this keep the heat evenly dispersed, it also allows the oysters to steam. Cook the oysters with the grill lid closed. When the oysters pop open, they’re done. You’ll probably have some guests who don’t like the big juicy oysters, so leave a few on the grill to dry and shrink some with additional cooking time.

Be sure to have several oyster knives and gloves on hand.

This is a great idea for easy entertaining! Heck, it’s so easy and quick, you can do it for just an easy dinner for the family. The roasted oysters also make a great appetizer for other meals, like grilled steaks.

For some great oyster recipes, click on the article link below:

Fresh Oysters
Fresh Oysters

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • habee profile image
      Author

      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Amy, we had an oyster roast last week, with roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, and hush puppies. Yum!

    • profile image

      amyjoha 7 years ago

      Have oyster roasts yearly - looking for good side recipes:)

    • habee profile image
      Author

      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Send me a couple, JC! Have fun, and thanks for reading!

    • profile image

      JC 8 years ago

      Grillin up about 3 bushels Sat. nite with chilli and lots of cold beer. We cook em on a piece of tin over a bed of coals. You're right, the fire is the place to be!!!

    • habee profile image
      Author

      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, HH and Ethel! Glad you stopped by. I think they're an acquired taste. Not everyone likes them.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Like Ethel Smith I have never tasted Oysters but one day I will. Thank you for your hub.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Never tried Oysters but this sounds tempting. They are often expensive in the UK though

    • habee profile image
      Author

      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Robert!

    • profile image

      robert 8 years ago

      i don't need all the sides. all i want are the oysters & a good cold beer. hot sauce does the trick with the oyster, but don't use to much

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)