My father-in-law has been an oyster lover his whole life. Over the past few years, he has been slowly showing me some of his favorite ways to enjoy oysters. While the oyster purist might cringe at cooking them, I can assure you that this Fire Baked Oyster recipe does them justice. Try it out! And if you don’t want to, then just eat them straight. I ain’t judging.
What’s so great about cooked Oysters?
For all my oyster fans out there, you might be wondering why I would choose to bake these guys instead of just eating them raw. While I do not live close to the ocean, I know just how delicious freshly harvested and shucked oysters can be. Little bit of horseradish and lemon juice, and you are in oyster heaven. However, there is epic flavor that this Fire Baked Oyster recipe brings to the table.
Firstly, add some butter to them! We all know what butter (and cheese and bacon) make everything better. So for any of my non-seasoned oyster people, adding some liquid gold could really help to give you a good first impression. Similar to whiskey, you don’t want to overpower your palate on the first try as you either won’t appreciate it or will be turned off. These Fire Baked Oysters are a great starting place for those that want to learn to appreciate some natural seafood flavor while mellowing this harsh bite.
Secondly, they are just plain fun to cook over fire. Cooking oysters can be difficult because you can easily over bake them; however if you do them right, they are incredibly fun to add to your arsenal of fire cooking recipes. These Fire Baked Oysters are just the tip of the iceberg too! Try cooking them right on the coals, which is a style I do in my new cookbook Food by Fire (pre-order it ASAP).
Let’s eat the Fire Baked Oysters!
In the end, we all want natural flavor from good oysters. If you are getting bored of eating them raw, then try these Fire Baked Oysters sometime. There is no rush! Enjoy the salty brine of some good oysters. Just know that this recipe is waiting for you when you are ready. Cheers.
While the oyster purist might cringe at cooking them, I can assure you that this Fire Baked Oyster recipe does them justice.
- 8-10 Oysters shucked & on the half shell
- 2 cups of Rock Salt
- 3 tbsp of Butter unsalted
- 1.5 tbsp of Parsley chopped
- 1 tbsp of Shallots chopped
- 1 tbsp of White Wine
- 2 tsp of Red Chili Flakes
- 1 tsp of Sea Salt
- 1 tsp of Black Pepper
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 2 tbsp of Melted Butter
- 1.5 tbsp of Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1.5 tbsp of Panko Crumbs
Preheat a grill or brick oven for high heat indirect cooking (around 450F).
Add a cast iron sauce pan to preheat over the direct heat for 1 minute. Add the butter to the skillet to melt then add the chopped shallots. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the rest of the ingredients for the butter sauce. Let simmer for 20 seconds, then pull off heat to let cool for 1 minute.
Mix together the ingredients for the crust. Add rock salt to the base of a cast iron skillet, and place the shucked oysters on top. Top each oyster for a spoonful of the butter sauce along with a dollop of the crust mixture. Do not worry if the crust mixture covers all the oyster.
Place the cast iron on to your grill/oven on the cool indirect cooking side. Bake the oysters for 1-2 minutes until the crust on top is golden brown. Once done, pull them off and let cool for 2-3 minutes.
Once cooled down, eat and enjoy!