Smoked Oysters: Fire and Water

Studio shot of oysters
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 to 2 servings
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These smoked oysters will disappear instantly after they are served. They come out of the smoker ready to eat with a hint of smoke complementing the brine. But you can certainly add some cocktail sauce or gremolata if you wish. These are even easier to make using a stove-top smoker

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Set up your smoker or stove-top smoker according to its directions.
  2. Add oysters, cover, and smoke for 15 to 20 minutes until oysters open.

Variations and Pairings

Eat the smoked oysters plain or try one or two different mignonette sauces. Toss a few pomegranate seeds on top of each for a unique texture and sweetness. Pair smoked oysters with a bit heavier wine than you would raw oysters. A heavily-oaked Chardonnay, an extra dry champagne (a bit sweeter with almond overtones), or a Rose with more weight would suit these oysters well.

This Recipe's Aphrodisiac Qualities

The critical ingredient in oysters which ramps it to the top of most aphrodisiac lists is zinc. Zinc is referred to as the essential “male mineral” because of its link to testosterone, which is critical for the health of the prostate and sperm. Oysters are one of the richest natural sources of zinc. This mineral allows the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid. and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid/omega-3 group of fatty acids), to be processed in the body to help men and women have a more healthy sexual response and hormone metabolism.

Zinc is beneficial for both men and women when it comes to fertility. It's been shown in studies that increasing zinc levels of infertile men can boost sperm levels, improve the form, function, and quality of sperm and overall, decrease male infertility. For women, zinc is key for reproduction health because it aids in the egg formation, the egg's journey down the fallopian tube and overall hormone regulation.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 243
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 150 mg
Sodium 318 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 28 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)