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Oysters can be cooked in their shells on your barbecue grill. The heat from the grill steams the oysters and pops the shells open, while poaching the oyster inside.
They make a great appetizer. So easy and so delicious! My husband just loves these oysters.
Grilled or Barbecued Oysters
Barbecue & Grilling
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
fresh (live) oysters in the shell*
* Oysters in the shell must be sold live by law, as all bi-valves must be. They should feel heavy
and full of water. Live oysters will be tightly clamped shut, or will clamp shut
when tapped. Dead oysters will have loose shells and must be discarded along
with those which have broken shells. The flavor is best when fresh oysters are consumed
within 24 hours of purchase.
Learn how to
How To Shuck Oysters.
See below on How To Store Fresh Oysters.
Barbecue grill. Scrub the oyster shells under cold running water with a brush.
Discard any open shells, as the oyster is dead and not edible.
Place oysters (cup side on bottom) on hot grill about 4 inches from hot coals.
Cover barbecue with lid, open any vents, and cook 8 to 10 minutes (depending on
size) or until shells begin to open to indicate doneness.
Remove all oysters when the first one opens.
I always personally check over all live oysters that I buy to make sure they are alive when purchasing. Some shells will not be
opened, so some prying will be necessary. Using a mitt or towel to protect your hand, remove the oysters from the grill, taking care not to spill their juices.
Pry the oysters the rest of the way open with an oyster knife, paring knife, or screwdriver. Sever the muscle that connect the shells, leaving the oyster on the half shell.
Transfer onto a serving platter.
Serve with melted butter, your favorite hot sauce, and lemon wedges.
How To Store Fresh Oysters
Keep the unopened oysters cold but do not store in water!
Remember, oysters are alive and need to breathe, so never seal them tightly
in a plastic bag.
Sandwich a layer of live oysters between
two (2) beds of ice. Place them deep side down (to retain their juices). I do this
in a portable (picnic-type) chest cooler. Never immerse live oysters in fresh
water or melted ice - it will kill them. Oysters stored this way will keep
for 2 days. This is the method to use if you plan on using the fresh oysters
Store live oysters in the
refrigerator at 40 degrees F. if they are not to be used immediately. Place
them deep side down (to retain their juices) in an open container. Cover the
oysters with a damp towel or layers of damp newspaper. Oyster store this way will keep up to 5 to 7 days.
Open (shuck) shortly before serving - not more than 2 hours. The
colder the oyster, the easier it is to shuck. Keep oysters cold at all times,
partly for safety and very much to enhance flavor and texture.