Hot, Soft Briny Clouds

June 20, 2017

I keep thinking about the fantastic fried clams I inhaled at Sayles Seafood in Nantucket last weekend.  Nothing like fresh Ipswich clams, plunked into a fryer.

I can’t get softshell clams here in the Berkshires.  I can, however, find shucked oysters.  So today I’m going to indulge in fried oysters.

I have to say…. right out of the pan, when they’re so hot they burn your fingers, fried oysters are pure pleasure.  Warm seafood clouds, sprinkled with lemon.

Fried Oysters

Shopping list: 1 pint oysters, 1 pint buttermilk, 2 cups cornmeal

Staples: flour, salt, oil.

You could shuck your own oysters, but unless you’re really an expert that makes the entire process a whole lot harder.  I open my own oysters to eat on the half-shell, but when I’m frying oysters I buy them pre-shucked.

Carefully drain the oysters, and put them in 2 cups of buttermilk for about 10 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a silpat pad. Mix 2 cups of cornmeal with 2 cups of flour and a teaspoon of salt.  Pick up each oyster, shake it a bit, allowing the buttermilk to drip off before plunking it into the cornmeal mixture; toss it about so it’s coated on all sides and place it on the lined baking sheet. Do it with the next oyster, and the next….

In a deep pot heat at least 2 inches of oil until it registers 375 on a thermometer. Pick up an oyster, shake it to remove excess breading and plunk it into the oil. Fry for about a minute and a half until just golden, then remove with a slotted spoon and set on paper towels to drain. You should be able to fry 6 to 8 oysters at a time.  Bring oil back to 375 before adding a new batch.

Sprinkle with salt and serve with plenty of fresh lemons.  Some people like tartar sauce or remoulade with their oysters, but I think that masks the delicate flavor.

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3 Comments

  • Betty says:

    Oh! Fried oysters are one of my favorite things in life! Thank you for this recipe! My father used to make them for me for Christmas Eve each year when I was growing up, so they hold a very special place in my heart.

  • wendy ayre says:

    Big y in great Barrington had beautiful steamerson Sunday 4.29lb. Also Guido’s happy shopping

  • Gerlinde says:

    Fried oysters are a gift from the sea. I loved your article in Sunset and are making your Blackberry Turnovers right now.

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