Opening Oysters

Opening Oysters — photo of open oysters in their shell on a black plate with lemon

Coming Out Of Their Shell
I have come to the realization that no matter how long you do something or study something there will always be those moments that surprise you. For example, I was today years old when I found out that you can open an oyster without using a shucking knife and potentially losing a finger. Mind Blown.

I have had oysters on the brain lately which makes sense because of Valentine’s Day. Although, honestly, after 23 years of marital bliss, I think my husband and I will celebrate over a bucket of chicken. We’re fancy that way. Never fear, my love and I will be celebrating with dinner out on Friday when it’s not such a scene…

Anyway, back to the oysters.

I am one of those people who loves oysters. I love them raw. I love them baked. I do not however want them anywhere near the Thanksgiving stuffing. (I think that’s weird.) The issue is, I have a fear of shucking. My hands are covered with scars from cuts and burns I have earned over the years. And I know, I just know, that I would be the one to injure myself greatly while shucking. So, what’s an injury-prone gal to do?

Turns out there are a few ways to open an oyster sans oyster knife. They are listed below. And to all of those oyster-loving, ten-fingered Valentines out there, you’re welcome!

Opening Oysters

Bake Them
Preheat the oven to 450 ºF and place the oysters on a baking sheet lined with a rack or slightly crumpled foil to keep them steady. Bake for about 5 minutes or until the oysters’ shells have just begun to open. Be careful when handling the oysters, they will be quite hot. When the oysters are cool enough to handle, twist off the top shell and slurp.

Grill Them
This is probably the easiest method but it can also be a bit weather-dependent. The grill can also add some smoke flavor to the oysters. Place the oysters directly on the grill grates, being careful to not crowd them. Cover and grill for about 2 minutes or until they begin to open. Once they open, remove them from the grill and enjoy!

Freeze & Thaw Them
This one blows my mind a bit but also makes sense. It takes longer but couldn’t be easier. Place the oysters in the freezer for a few hours until they are thoroughly frozen. Then, take them out and let them thaw in the fridge. The temperature difference will cause the shells to open slightly. Once they open, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your oysters however you like them.

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