Oysters are much more versatile than you think. While the plump, briny bivalves are, of course, spectacular served raw with a squeeze of lemon, they are also great for pickling, grilling, frying, stirring into creamy chowder—you get the picture. Whether you’re a longtime oyster enthusiast or only just now starting to appreciate the mollusk’s deliciousness, here are nine essential oyster preparations to try.
On the Half-Shell
Freshly shucked by you or a pro, there’s nothing like a raw oyster. It’s the best way to experience the nuances of each different type. (Find out more about the differences between oysters here.) Try serving them at home with a few slices of lemon and a beautiful mignonette made with sparkling rosé.
Like most foods, oysters are incredible when fried. While you can technically fry any type, giant, creamy Gulf Coast oysters are some of the best. Try them in a po’boy or serve them as a crispy appetizer with creamy radish and cucumber salad.