Oyster Pan Roast

January  5, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Two things Thomas Downing was famous for were pickled oysters and his oyster pan roast. So essentially, we just made a simple straightforward oyster pan roast recipe: chili sauce (like Heinz), Worcestershire, white wine and shallots, some cream. It’s to showcase the story and this man who’s done so much, not just for fishing culture, but also for black culture.

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What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed
  • 12 oysters, shucked and liquor reserved
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce (like Heinz)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • Salt, to taste
  1. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the oysters and sauté until the oysters begin to plump up on both sides and are halfway cooked, about 2 minutes each side. Pull the oysters out of the pan and set aside.
  2. Using the same pan and adding more butter if needed, sweat the shallot until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Simmer to reduce the liquid by half, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the oyster liquor, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, chili sauce, and cream. Bring to a simmer and let the sauce reduce by half, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the oysters to the sauce and remove the pan from the heat (the oysters will finish cooking in the hot sauce). Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and season with salt as needed. Serve right away.

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3 Reviews

Bubblechildfoodie February 27, 2023
Loved this recipe. It was a perfect recipe for Juneteenth. Great flavors and pretty easy to make
Maria P. January 16, 2018
The description mentions horseradish but there is none in recipe
Nikkitha B. January 17, 2018
There's no horseradish in the recipe, and I took it out in the description. Thanks for noting.