Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Way I Cook and Eat Oysters

Summer is just around the corner and that means it is about to get warmer. Everyone is going to be firing up their grills and enjoying some great food. I enjoy cooking on the grill and love seafood on the grill. One of my favorite seafood is oysters and I would like to share how I cook and eat oysters.

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Oysters spawn in the summer months between May and August. As such, the general rule in eating oysters is to wait for the "r-months," like September, as they are usually the best tasting. However, with advances in refrigeration ad shipping, you can enjoy eating seafood, and oysters, any time of the year. Oysters are the best tasting within 24 hours or buying but you can store them up to five days in the refrigerator. I do not like to do this though. I usually buy them the day of cooking or the day prior to ensure freshness. 

Below are the steps I use to cook and eat oysters:
Nothing fancy but it is delicious!
  1. Get your grill started and your charcoal to be cook ready. You know what I mean. Hot embers.
  2. Place your oysters wherever you want on the grill. 
  3. Close the grill and let them cook.
  4. You will need to check the grill every so often. I recommend waiting for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how big the oyster is and then checking every couple of minutes or so. What you are looking for is the oyster shell to be open. That's how you know it's done. They won't open real wide like clams or mussels will but it will be a little opening. 
  5. Use tongs or a rag, as they will be hot, and a screwdriver (hey, this is how I prepare them!) or a knife to assist in opening the oyster and scraping the oyster out.
  6. Place the oyster on a saltine cracker.
  7. You can now put what you want on the oyster to suit your taste, but I like to use my favorite hot sauce or whatever is available at the time and squeeze some lemon juice on it.
  8. Open wide and eat the whole thing!
Let me know if you tried oysters like this and enjoyed it. Or you can comment below with your favorite oyster recipe! I am always interested in how other people cook and enjoy their recipes. Before I deploy, I will be sharing my crawfish boil recipe. It isn't from Louisiana but I've had no complaints.

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