Serves a Crowd

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

January 23, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 6, as a starter
Author Notes

I love oysters, raw, grilled, broiled or baked. I especially love them lathered in butter, herby butter, like in this recipe. —eatboutique

What You'll Need
  • 24 oysters
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 dash smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.
  2. Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.
  3. Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.
  4. Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.
  5. Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

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4 Reviews

marymary November 28, 2014
Tasty! I made a version of this today with pre-shucked oysters. I drained them well and placed them in a baking dish. I covered them with 3/4 stick melted butter mixed with smoked paprika, truffle salt, pepper, basil leaves and parsley leaves. Then topped the dish off with a mixture of freshly grated parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Broiled in the convection oven for about 8 minutes to brown the crumb mixture. Served them with rosemary crusty bread. Sooo good! Thanks for sharing.
eatboutique November 28, 2014
oh so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I need some oysters right now.
eatboutique January 24, 2010
Aww, thank you! Your leek, lemon & feta quiche looks DIVINE (as do all of yours). It went into my 'better try asap' folder. :)
Allison C. January 24, 2010
OK, I know you're going to enter these in this week's contest, yes? They sound divine. For the record, I also love so many of your other recipes—I want to save/bookmark them all! Glad I found you (or you found me; thanks for "fanning"). Good luck in the contests.