I’ve been dreaming of my mother’s fried oysters. I just didn’t want to shuck any oysters. There’s plenty of them in the open market, supermarket and in the new fish market across the street from the open market. I just didn’t want to shuck them. I bought an oyster knife, just in case my craving overcame my good sense, but still, I hesitated. “Why can’t they just have them pre-shucked in a jar, like in the States?”, I whined.
Today, I finally made up my mind. I got my shopping basket, went to the new fish market and said, “Will you please shuck 18 oysters, put them in this jar (Mason) with the liquid and give me the bottom shells. He did, I paid and everyone was happy. Darn skippy!
Now that’s what I like! Add chopped parsley, butter and garlic, bake for 20 minutes, taste and cry MORE!
In case, you are the kind of person who would like to shuck your own oysters (probably Dave), but don’t know how, here’s the video.
For the fried oysters, I decided to go Japanese with panko bread crumbs and a dollop of homemade tartar sauce; Kaki Furai. The Normandy oysters were on the small side and 12, split between me and Jade, just didn’t seem quite enough. These were good!
The tartar sauce was rich and perfect for the oysters. Use a good prepared mayonnaise (refrigerated section of the supermarket) or make your own.
6 oysters, shucked and rinsed. Reserve bottom shells.
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the oysters on the shells and top with the garlic, parsley, butter, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
Kaki Furai Oysters
12 oysters, shucked, rinsed and blotted dry
1 egg, beaten
Peanut oil for deep frying
Dredge the oysters in cornstarch, then in beaten egg, then in panko. Deep fry in the oil until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce.
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
1/2 cup cornichons, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
5 drops of Sriracha sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until use.