Fried Oysters

By pas
January 14, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

For a bachelor dinner, it's either this or whole-wheat pasta with broccoli rabe and anchovies. Anyway, what's not to like about oysters and beer. What else can I say?


Serves: me


Beer batter

  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • Some splashes beer
  • 1 pinch salted chervil

Fried oysters

  • 24 big-bellied oysters
  • 1 quart safflower oil
  • 1 beer batter
  • Some mayonaise
  • Reserved shots of oyster juice
  • Sriracha
In This Recipe


Beer batter

  1. Whisk just enough beer to make the flour into a smooth paste.
  2. Use immediately.

Fried oysters

  1. Shuck the oysters and heat the oil until it's almost smoking.
  2. Batter each oyster and fry.
  3. Flip oysters once and cook until golden brown.
  4. Serve with a mayonnaise, oyster juice, Sriracha sauce. Or if you're feeling fancy, nuoc cham or gribiche sauce.
  5. More beer is always good at this point.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

dymnyno January 15, 2010
Oh! I forgot how much I love fried oysters...thanks for the reminder.
lastnightsdinner January 14, 2010
Okay, I love this. I always seem to make fried oysters when my husband is away (and often when he's *not* away), but there's something really indulgent about making them and not sharing :)