Oysters are delicious simply served raw in their shell. These grilled oysters, however, are drenched in a hot, spicy butter. Heavenly!
They cook very quickly, and they don’t even need to be shucked: grilling the oysters will prize them open for you. Make sure you place the most rounded side of the oysters on the bottom so that none of the juices seem out when they open.
Ingredients for the Grilled Oysters
- 1 dozen oysters in their shell
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped fresh
- hot sauce
Start by heating your grill to around 450-500F.
Next, clean your oysters by scrubbing them and then rinsing under cool water: this will remove any dirt or mud on the shell.
In a bowl, combine the butter, worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, parsley and smoked paprika. Heat in the microwave until melted, and stir to combine. Alternatively, you could place all the ingredients in a pot or pan and melt the butter over the hob.
Arrange the oysters on your grill, flat side up. Cook them for 3-4 minutes. You will know they are ready when the shells crack open slightly.
Transfer them to a plate, and then run an oyster shucker back to the hinge of the oyster and twist it to open. If the oyster is still attached to the muscle on the shell, run the shucker between the oyster and the muscle to detach, being careful not to spill any of the liquid.
Place your oysters on a serving platter, and top each one with a teaspoon full of the melted butter mixture. Make sure to stir the butter mixture before topping your grilled oysters, as the solid ingredients may have sunk to the bottom and you want the flavours to be balanced.
For an extra kick, drizzle your buttery oysters with a few drops of your favourite hot sauce!
Serve your oysters immediately whilst they are still warm and the butter is melted.
Original recipe from garlic and zest