Kitchen Hacks

How to Shuck Oysters

January 30, 2013

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today: Leave no oyster un-shucked -- no special equipment required.

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Shucking oysters doesn't have to be an extreme sport. See how to pry open any pesky oyster with confidence using one of three simple tools -- including one you almost definitely already have.

Watch our editorial team Kristy, Kristen and Kenzi shuck oysters from start to finish -- safely, and confidently. Just remember: it only takes "a little bit of practice, and a little bit of muscle" to shuck oysters that you can slurp up raw, or grill and top off with Sriracha Lime Butter.

Once you shuck them, here's what to do:


Grill them.

Deep fry them. 

Or make a mignonette.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz

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My two (current) favorite foods start with the letter D: doughnuts, and dumplings. If a dish has bacon in it, I will most likely eat it. If I could marry honey butter, I would.


Stephen C. January 25, 2016
Thanks for the clear tutorial. Is the curve at the tip on one knife and not the other a personal preference? Or are there different knives for different types of oysters?
hardlikearmour January 30, 2013
Great tutorial, ladies! Now I won't be afraid to buy oysters.
Kristy M. January 30, 2013
Thanks, hardlikearmour! I bet you're already a pro at this, though.
hardlikearmour January 30, 2013
You would lose that bet! I've literally never shucked an oyster. I didn't eat my first raw oyster until this past summer.