|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 28g||36%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||78%|
|Total Carbohydrate 38g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||21%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 103mg||516%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These easy baked oysters are flavored with a buttery herb crumb topping. A little lemon juice adds zing to the oysters, and panko breadcrumbs make the topping extra crunchy. They're perfect for a summertime party or a New Year's bash.
A layer of rock salt or uncooked rice keeps the oyster shells from wobbling in the baking pan and makes for a pleasing presentation. If you prefer a variety of herbs, consider freshly chopped thyme leaves or fresh marjoram.
Serve baked oysters with fresh lemon wedges as an appetizer. If you're planning a big spread, try serving with a fresh, lemony salad. Some oyster lovers enjoy hot sauce or saltine crackers alongside, and a glass of crisp white wine or bubbly wouldn't hurt.
"Butter, Herbs, and Oysters are my new favorite trifecta. This dish is the perfect for an appetizer for a luxurious dinner at home!" —Kiana Rollins
2 cups rock salt or uncooked rice, for lining the pan
1 dozen fresh oysters
1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter, softened, divided
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Sweet paprika, optional
Finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Lemon wedges, for serving
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 425 F/220 C/Gas Mark 7. Add a layer of rock salt to a rimmed baking sheet or substitute dry, uncooked rice. This will keep the oyster shells from wobbling.
Scrub the oyster shells with a stiff brush.
Carefully shuck the oysters over a bowl to catch any liquids that might spill out. Run the knife along the bottom of the inside of the shell to loosen the oyster. If some of the oyster liquor does spill out, return it to the bottom shell. Discard the top shells and arrange the oysters in the bottom shell with their liquid in the prepared baking pan.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the panko crumbs and cook, stirring, until the crumbs are lightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons of softened butter with the chives, lemon zest, and the lemon juice.
Top each oyster with a scant teaspoon of the butter-chive mixture and then sprinkle each with the buttered panko crumbs.
If desired, finish with a light sprinkling of paprika.
Bake the oysters until the oysters are cooked through and the topping is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Buy fresh oysters from a trusted source. Look for live oysters with shells that are tightly clamped shut or shut when you tap them. They should smell like the ocean but not unpleasant. If an oyster shell is open or broken and does not close tight when handled, it should be discarded.
- Garlic and Herb Baked Oysters: Add a small, finely minced clove of garlic to the butter in the skillet. Cook in the butter for 1 minute before adding the panko crumbs and then continue with the recipe.
- Grilled Herb and Butter Oysters: Preheat the grill to high heat. Prepare the oysters following the recipe above. Place the pan on the grill grate, close the lid, and grill for about 6 to 8 minutes.
Storing Raw Oysters in the Fridge
Oysters are best if used as soon as possible after buying fresh. They can be stored for a few hours in the fridge or, depending on how fresh they were when you bought them, even a few days. Store in a mesh bag or open container with a damp towel. Do not keep them in a sealed plastic bag.
Are Baked Oysters Fully Cooked?
Baked oysters should be fully cooked through when done. If they are not completely cooked through, return them to the oven for a few more minutes. Try not to overcook oysters, since they can become rubbery.