Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter

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Author Notes: Although I love my oysters raw, sometimes a grilled oyster is a nice change. The oysters are topped with a yummy spicy citrus butter that still allows the flavor of the oysters to come through. The butter is also great as a dipping sauce for crab legs and lobster. - melissavmelissav

Food52 Review: We wish more people would grill or broil oysters -- it's so easy and the quick blast of heat concentrates the oysters' brine and browns their tips without drying them out. Here you mash up butter with Sriracha, shallots, lime juice and cilantro and as the oysters cook -- we broiled them -- the flavorful butter melts and poaches the plump little bivalves. We think the butter would also be pretty great on clams, fish, shrimp, crab and even corn. One detail to keep in mind: the lime juice just will not mash into the butter, so just spoon the juices over the oysters after dabbing them with the butter. - A&MA&M

Serves at least 2 dozen oysters

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons shallots, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, minced
  • oysters on the half shell
  1. Mix the butter with the shallots, sriracha, lime, salt, and cilantro. Let set up in the fridge. It doesn't have to set up completely but it should be more solid than liquid
  2. Meanwhile, heat the grill (or broiler) until very hot.
  3. Toss each oyster with a dollop of butter.
  4. Grill (or broil) for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Enjoy! But be careful as the shells will be very hot.
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Tags: cilantro, oysters, Sriracha

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3 months ago alygator

This is one of those recipes I have been waiting so long to try. As I am on vacation in Wellfleet it seemed like the perfect time! Absolutely delicious! Wonderful recipe. We are already talking about how many oysters we need to buy for tomorrow. This is so easy and so delicious. I know the butter would be so delicious on grilled fish or pasta as well. A+!

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5 months ago Linda Drygas

Check out bbqoystergrill.com for a great oyster grilling rack-makes it so easy to cook them on the grill. Your sauce was delicious.

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7 months ago bgebbqfanatic

This was simple and delicious, just the way I like it. I saw gordon ramsay crumple some tinfoil on a baking sheet and then sink the half shelled oysters into the tinfoil to keep the juices from spilling out, worked a treat.

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8 months ago diannabryan

This looks amazing and I'm definitely starting off the valetine's day menu with it. Does anyone have a go to lobster risotto recipe?

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9 months ago KarenNB

Fantastic! Served this fireside with roasted oysters. Big hit!

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almost 2 years ago Seven Second Rhapsody

When I think of cooked oysters I think of oysters kilpatrick, which is classic but tried and tested. This recipe sounds really refreshing, and the spicy herbed butter with lime looks great for a whole lot of other meats and seafood!

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almost 2 years ago marie.killian.5

Oh my these look so good! Als so good is Carothers' Olive Oil! Spanish, extra virgin olive oil at it's best. http://www.carothesoliveoil....

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over 2 years ago cristinasciarra

I just returned from my first trip to San Francisco, where we drove up the coast to Hog Island Oysters. The picture here looks just like the BBQ oysters we tried (and fell in love with) there. They make theirs with two kinds of chili, bourbon and butter. If I ever locate a grill this summer, I might try my hand at both!

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over 2 years ago greenstate

I made these for a dinner party and people who profess not to like oysters, loved these. I would suggest using rock salt on the pan as a bed to stabilize the oysters before cooking. You don't want to risk losing any of the delicious, buttery juice because the oysters have tipped over.

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over 2 years ago pidgeon92

Today was my first time shucking an oyster, and it's a PITA. But it was well worth it. These were amazing! I crumpled up some aluminum foil and put it under each oyster on the cookie sheet, so they wouldn't tip over. Some were more done than others (some were much bigger), but they were all delicious.

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over 2 years ago chop chop

Pardon my ignorance but I have never grilled an oysters. I was thinking you would grill them closed and then open them up. When I read the instructions then I was thinking you open it and cook it in the half shell? But then it says "toss" each oyster in a dollop of butter. When it says be careful the shells are hot I get lost. You open the shell, take out the oyster, toss it, then put it back in a half shell and grill?
Help.

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over 2 years ago melissav

It should say "top" not toss. Sorry for the confusion. You open hte oysters, discard the top shell, put a dab of butter on each and then grill.

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almost 3 years ago Jennifer taylor

Made 2 dozen Blue Points this was on Christmas eve. I added Lime zest in the butter to boost the citrus and squeezed fresh lime juice, too. Will certainly make again. My 8 year old ate 7!

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almost 3 years ago jennvill

Oh Melly I am so doing this for the big game this weekend! YUM!

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over 4 years ago mtlabor

this look so great, can't wait to try it!

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over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Had these with steak, steamed mussels and clams, crusty french bread, salad, and bubbly for Valentine's day. Delish! The bf LOVED them!

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over 4 years ago Rhonda35

Really looking forward to trying this tonight. Making Valentine's dinner - think we'll start with some bubbly and these delightful-sounding morsels, move on to lobster risotto with a lemony green salad and finish with something dark and chocolatey.

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over 4 years ago Rhonda35

I usually prefer my oysters raw with just a squeeze of lemon, but this recipe is so unbelievably fabulous that I just might have a new preference! Thank you for sharing with the Food52 community and congratulations on your win.

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over 4 years ago melissav

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I agree that they are a nice change from raw oysters! Hope you had a great Valentine's dinner. The lobster risotto and lemony green salad sound right up my alley!

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over 4 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Congratulations on the win. I loved this recipe the moment I saw it. You got my vote, and I'm so glad you won. I'm planning to link to this on my blog for a Valentine's Day menu idea. Bottoms up!

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over 4 years ago melissav

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I agree that they are a nice change from raw oysters! Hope you had a great Valentine's dinner. The lobster risotto and lemony green salad sound right up my alley!

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over 4 years ago melissav

Thank you for your kind words and vote. Happy Valentine's Day.

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over 4 years ago melissav

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I agree that they are a nice change from raw oysters! Hope you had a great Valentine's dinner. The lobster risotto and lemony green salad sound right up my alley!

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over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

So delicious! I made your recipe last night using half Blue Point, half Kumomoto, oysters. I am definitely committed to learning how to shuck more efficiently so that I can enjoy these again - next time in larger quantities (last night 1 hour = 8 shucked oysters)

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over 4 years ago melissav

So glad you enjoyed it! Shucking is a task. If you aren't up for it, most fish stores will shuck them for you. If I pick them up late enough in the day, I have them shuck them and leave them on the half shell. If there is a while between the trip to the fish store and dinner time, you can have them shuck the oysters and put the oysters and the oyster liquor in a small container with the shells on the side. When it is time to prepare the oysters, just place an oyster in each shell along with a small spoonful of the liquor. Not as ideal as a freshly shucked oyster but a great time saver! Great selection of oysters, by the way!

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over 4 years ago Allison Cay Parker

You got my vote! Sriracha sauce was one of the great "IT" ingredients in the past year, and I love its spicy wallop. I bet that on oysters, with lime juice and cilantro... YUM. I don't even have to do a taste test on it--but I will. Congrats on the finals.

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over 4 years ago melissav

Thank you!. And as A&M commented above, the butter is delicous on so many things. Let me know how you like them. PS - Congrats on your wildcard win. I'm definitely going to give it a try soon.

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over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

These look and sound fabulous! I've only ever had oysters raw, but will definitely be giving this recipe a try soon.

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over 4 years ago melissav

I hope you enjoy it!