Seafood lovers rejoice as it is National Oyster Day! If you prefer not to takeout from your favorite local seafood restaurant to indulge in either raw or cooked oysters, celebrate indoors with chef Erica Barrett from SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar teaching you to make the perfect charbroiled oysters. The restaurant, which opened last year, was created by Barrett, a Mobile, Alabama native and chef, who started her lifestyle and food brand in 2012 - and has gained national buzz from being featured in Shark Tank and CNBC’s The Profit. From Fried Lobster Deviled Eggs to Oprah’s Favorite Shrimp & Grits, the focus of restaurant is seafood and elevated southern food with a reinvention of classic southern traditions.
Charbroiled Oyster Recipe
Cheese Topping: 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons old bay, 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
Garlic Finishing Butter: 1 stick unsalted butter, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/2 cup hot sauce, such as the Louisiana brand, 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup chopped garlic
24 oysters, shucked on the half shell
For the cheese topping: Mix the Parmesan, old bay and parsley in a bowl and reserve for later use.
For the finishing butter: Place the butter, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire, chopped garlic, granulated garlic and 1/2 cup water into a small pot on the stove. Slowly melt and whisk ingredients until incorporated.
For the oysters: Preheat the grill until it is very hot, about 400 degrees F.
Top each oyster with a liberal amount of the cheese mixture. Carefully place the oysters on the grill and close. Cook until the cheese is melted and the oysters are starting to get some color, about 10 minutes.
Remove the oysters from the grill with tongs and place them onto a cookie sheet or a heat-proof surface.
Arrange 6 oysters per plate or leave on the large platter. Ladle some melted garlic butter over the oysters. Enjoy!
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