Oyster Recipes

Raw oysters are delicious, but these oyster recipes show how good they can be cooked

On their own, oysters a nearly perfect food. You can pluck them straight from the ocean, shuck them, and slurp them down raw. Their sweet, briny flavor needs no complement.

That said, there are times when you want something more than unadorned oysters on the half shell. For those occasions, we have our favorite oyster recipes for you to try.

If you want to keep your oysters raw, you can pair them with a simple, vinegary mignonette. We have versions made with orange, onion, and mint, as well as raspberry vinegar, prosecco, and pink peppercorns. Feeling more ambitious? Take a page out of Eric Ripert's book and top your oysters with cubes of gelée flavored with ponzu, shiso, or wasabi.

Oysters are great fried. Dip them in beer batter to make a crispy fritter, or bread them with cornmeal and pile them on French bread with lettuce and tomato for a traditional New Orleans po'boy.

For you New Englanders, oysters and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. Check out our recipes for oyster stuffing, cooked in or out of your Thanksgiving turkey.

Perhaps America's most famous cooked oyster dish is oysters Rockefeller. The creator, Antoine's in New Orleans, carefully guards their recipe, but our version with an herb-filled roux and bread crumbs comes close. Other baked oyster preparations include stuffing the bivalves with spinach and bacon or crab and shrimp.

You're sure to find a great way to prepare this tasty bivalve in our collection of great oyster recipes.

Brigtsen's Oysters LeRuth

Brigtsen's Oysters LeRuth

Sweet crabmeat and shrimp enrich the stuffing of these broiled oysters.Todd Coleman
Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette

Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette

This fragrant sauce is a bright accent to briny oysters, but it's also delicious with clams, steamed crab legs, and shrimp.Ariana Lindquist
Veal Chops with Morels, Wilted Lettuce, Oysters, and Garlic-Parmesan Sauce

Veal Chops with Morels, Wilted Lettuce, Oysters, and Garlic-Parmesan Sauce

Vin jaune, a semisweet wine from the Jura region of France, enlivens the creamy morel ragù in this elegant veal and oyster dish.Joseph De Leo
Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing

We've always been partial to traditional New England–style stuffing, particularly when it's made with French bread, smoky cured pork, and oysters.Helen Rosner
Grilled Oysters with Butter Sauce

Grilled Oysters with Butter Sauce *

Grill these oysters over grapevine cuttings if you can get them.Jorg Brockmann
Oysters DuPont

Oysters DuPont

Crabmeat, feta, and capers are broiled atop garlic-and-herb-dressed oysters in this salty-sweet dish.Ingalls Photography
Oyster Po'boy

Oyster Po'boy

This New Orleans po'boy is piled high with fried oysters.Chris Granger
Scrambled Eggs with Oysters

Scrambled Eggs with Oysters

This Taiwanese classic pairs oysters with celery, bean sprouts, and ketchup.Jun Takagi
Scalloped Oysters

Scalloped Oysters

This simple Southern specialty is best made with small oysters and plain saltines.Ben Fink
Roasted Oysters in White Wine

Roasted Oysters in White Wine

This elegant appetizer is deceptively easy to prepare—simply bake the oysters with coarse salt and top with a dry white wine.Jorg Brockmann
Broiled Stuffed Oysters

Broiled Stuffed Oysters

Grated gruyere can be substituted for garlic in this dish.Jorg Brockmann
Oyster Fritters

Oyster Fritters

These oyster fritters are meltingly tender with a beer batter that is surprisingly airy.Jorg Brockmann
Corn Bread Oyster Dressing

Corn Bread Oyster Dressing

This cornbread and oyster dressing is a holiday staple around the Chesapeake Bay.Christopher Hirsheimer
Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew

This dish, made creamy with milk and butter, smells like a beautiful day at the beach.James Baigrie
Shrimp and Oyster Perloo

Shrimp and Oyster Perloo

Perloo is a cousin of jambalaya from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It can be made with all sorts of ingredients—in this case country ham, shrimp, and oysters.Andre Baranowski
Oysters Gilhooley

Oysters Gilhooley

The cooks at Gilhooley's in San Leon, Texas, grill their oysters with parmesan; broiling them works too.Landon Nordeman
Oysters in Gelée

Oysters in Gelée

Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York City pairs Kumamoto oysters on the half shell with tiny, melt-in-your-mouth cubes of aspic in various flavors.Michael Kraus
Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing

Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing

This sage-infused roast turkey is stuffed with a bacon-enriched dressing brimming with wild rice, hazelnuts, and oysters.Todd Coleman
Baked Oysters with Bacon and Spinach

Baked Oysters with Bacon and Spinach

These baked oysters are a lighter take on the traditional oysters Rockefeller.Todd Coleman
Fried Oysters with Spicy Rémoulade

Fried Oysters with Spicy Rémoulade

Oyster shells act as a natural serving platter for these crispy fried oysters with a creamy, spicy sauce.Todd Coleman
Highland Oysters Mignonette

Highland Oysters Mignonette

Oysters' aphrodisiac fame comes from their suggestive shape and briny flavor. Rumor has it that Casanova, the great 18th century Venetian lover, used to dine on 50 oysters a day.Todd Coleman
Mobile-Style Oysters

Mobile-Style Oysters

This recipe for grilled or broiled oysters in a briny bath of butter, garlic, herbs, and Parmesan hails from Mobile, Alabama.Todd Coleman
Veracruzan Seafood Cocktail (Vuelve a La Vida)

Veracruzan Seafood Cocktail (Vuelve a La Vida)

This bracing seafood cocktail is a popular Mexican hangover cure (its name means "return to life" in Spanish).Todd Coleman
Crabby Jack's Oyster Po'boy

Crabby Jack's Oyster Po'boy

Oysters are fried in a spicy cornmeal breading for this classic New Orleans sandwich.Chris Granger
Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

The original oysters Rockefeller recipe is a closely guarded secret, but this version gets close with an herb-filled roux and a breadcrumb crust.Todd Coleman
Roasted Oysters with Green Tomato Pickle and Cranberry-Horseradish Relish

Roasted Oysters with Green Tomato Pickle and Cranberry-Horseradish Relish

These sweet-tart green tomato pickles and spicy cranberry-horseradish relish are delicious with roasted oysters, an Eastern Shore staple.Beth Rooney
Devils on Horseback

Devils on Horseback

In this version of the classic hors d'oeuvre, oysters are cooked with garlic and wine, then set "astride" toasted garlic bread slices and sprinkled with bacon.Todd Coleman
Brigtsen's Oysters Bienville

Brigtsen's Oysters Bienville

This oyster dish gets its robust flavors from bacon, ham, and sherry.Todd Coleman
Casamento's Charbroiled Oysters

Casamento's Charbroiled Oysters

These Parmesan-topped oysters can also be grilled.Todd Coleman
Upperline's Oysters St. Claude

Upperline's Oysters St. Claude

Fried oysters are paired with a garlicky sauce in this toothsome appetizer served at Upperline, a restaurant in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood.Todd Coleman
Hangtown Fry

Hangtown Fry

This rich oyster and bacon omelette is based on one from the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. There it is served with a side of sliced tomatoes—a refreshing counterpoint.Todd Coleman
Sweet and Sour Pork and Oyster Meatballs (Tangcu Muli Rouwan)

Sweet and Sour Pork and Oyster Meatballs (Tangcu Muli Rouwan)

These succulent Sichuan meatballs are fried until crisp, then coated with a sweet and sour sauce. [Get the recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork and Oyster Meatballs (Tangcu Muli Rouwan) »(http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pork-Oyster-Meatballs)Ariana Lindquist