Barbecued Oysters with Smoky Uni Butter

Briny uni and acidic lemon, mixed with smoky paprika and rich butter, combine to make an extraordinary flavored butter to top oysters before roasting. If shucking oysters isn't your thing, you can ask your fishmonger to do the job for you. 

platter of bbq oysters with uni butter
Photo: Photo by Andrew Bui / Food Styling by Max Rappaport
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
1 dozen oysters


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 ounces uni gonads

  • Grated zest and juice of 1/4 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 12 oysters, shucked, top shells discarded

  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Heat the broiler on high. Combine butter, uni, lemon zest and juice, oregano, red-pepper flakes, smoked paprika, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter mixture until well combined. Set aside.

  2. Spread rock salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Carefully nestle opened oysters in salt so they remain upright. Top each oyster with 1 tablespoon uni butter; broil until butter melts and browns on edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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