Fried oysters, corn meal style

By • August 25, 2011 • 7 Comments

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Author Notes: Having grown up along the coast of Rhode Island I am really fond of seafood. To me oysters are best either raw or when they are fried in a premium corn meal. Recently, I found a great new source of an Indian flint corn meal from the Davis Farm. This inspired me to make a new sauce rather than the traditional tartar.Sagegreen

Makes 2 dozen oysters

Mustard dill sauce

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbl. honey, chestnut or basswood suggested
  • 2 tbl. of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh milled black and white pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. roasted garlic, optional
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh dill
  1. Mix the mustard, honey, and vinegar together. Add the salt and pepper. Whisk in the oil to incorporate in a smooth sauce. Add the optional garlic. Stir in the dill. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Keep chilled until serving.

The oysters

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 tbl. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 dozen freshly shucked oysters
  • 2 cups of premium corn meal (Indian flint is wonderful)
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh milled black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • canola oil for frying
  • lemon wedges for final squeeze of juice
  1. Beat the eggs together with the buttermilk in a nonreactive bowl. Add the lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the optional garlic.
  2. Add the oysters. Cover and let these marinate in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Combine the corn meal with the corn starch, kosher salt and black pepper. Dredge the oysters in this mix. Heat about 1 inch of oil to high (about 360 degrees) to a deep frying pan. Leaving about an inch between oysters, cook up a batch at a time. These will cook fast, usually around 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Make sure the oil reheats before starting another batch.
  4. Serve warm with a dab of honey mustard dill sauce and a final squeeze of fresh lemon. You can either serve these on toothpicks already dipped and spritzed for your guests or on a serving platter with the sauce and lemon wedges on the side.
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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Mmmmmmm. Lovely photo, too.


almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, b!


about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I do love an oyster po boy, this may be my new breading. Other than fried or my oysters rockafeller, I never eat them raw and can't imagine the horror of an oyster loaf! (sorry niknud!)

But keep the east coast seafood recipes rolling in, please!


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I don't eat oysters but love the cornmeal crust will use along with that lovely dip with other seafood.


about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, sdebrango. Let me know how this works with other seafood!


about 3 years ago Niknud

I have always been of the opinion that the less done to oysters the better. A squirt of lemon juice or a drop of hot sauce...and woe to the person who brought a perfectly delcious raw oyster near a heat source. I shudder remembering the dreaded oyster loaf that was endemic in my family during the holidays. That being said, this sounds like a lot of fun - I've never done the corn meal thing and the mustard-dill combo is neat (maybe go with calamari too?). I'm not saying I'm a convert but you've raised my eyebrowns and possibly convinced me to try oysters a different way! Thanks!


about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Niknud. I love raw oysters, too! But this corn meal is pretty special.