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What is the best way to cook oysters?

With a generous nod to the world-famous Baked Oysters Rockefeller, let us dive into the world of cooked oysters. There are many ways to eat an oyster, the most obvious & popular method of course being raw fresh out of the water. For centuries though people have also cooked oysters; frying them, roasting them, baking them.

Today we’re going to talk about a simple yet delicious cooking method: baked oysters in the shell – we have been experimenting with tons of recipes to figure out the perfect toppings to bake an oyster with, and we cannot wait to share these scrumptious easy to make recipes here with all of you. This is a must try easy baked oysters recipe straight out of the Red Oyster cookbook. The oysters are baked within minutes, ready to eat right out of the oven if you can handle the heat. Most of the ingredients in the recipe are easily available in your kitchen. So let’s get started…

Professional oyster shucking glove with oyster
Oysters ready to be shucked


  • A dozen or however many oysters you can fit on one shallow medium-sized pan.
  • Lemons (lemon zest)
  • Fresh parsley
  • Minced Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter

Getting to the fun part now

Fill the medium-sized pan with a thin layer of salt to be able to sit the baked oysters on. Now if you’re shucking the oysters on your own, then make sure to hold the meat & oyster water in a bowl when you shuck. Clean the bottom shells out properly, and set them in the salt layered pan.

Don’t forget to eat a few while shucking

Shucking to make some baked oysters

When I think about baked oysters, I think about dimly lit New York bars serving cocktails and servers carrying trays of baked oysters from the kitchen – that aroma is indescribable, it’s only experienceable. We are ready for our next step now, go to work neatly putting the oysters back into the cleaned shells that you lay on the salt layered pan. Once you have all the oysters back in the shells, start by mixing all the other ingredients (except the parmesan cheese) into softened butter – lemon zest, parsley, minced garlic, and salt/pepper to taste.

Music or the color of the sea are easier to describe than the taste of one of these Armoricaines … 

— Eleanor Clark

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Baked Oysters

Baked Oysters coming up

We have now come to the final step before we put our little goodness-filled oyster shells into the oven. At this point, you should have a pan full of cleaned oyster shells, filled with the oysters that you shucked. Go ahead and start scooping up a small spoon full of the butter mixture we created earlier onto each oyster.

Once all the oysters have had their fill butter fill, sprinkle some fresh parmesan on each oyster because the world just needs parmesan cheese on baked oysters.

How long in the oven for baked oysters?

Preheat your oven to 375 Fahrenheit, slide the pan with the oysters in, close the oven door and let that amazing aroma take over your kitchen. Baked oysters do not take long in the oven, anywhere from 7-9 minutes depending on how much you want your cheese melted! Now, I am an impatient person I cannot and will not wait for the oysters to cool down before popping one in my mouth but I do recommend for those who do not enjoy their taste buds being seared to wait a moment, chop up some fresh parsley or cilantro and maybe prepare a lemon to squeeze on them.

You are now ready to plate and serve your delicious baked oysters!

Baked Oysters
Red Oyster Baked Oysters

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