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Frozen Oyster on Half Shell - Any good?

sillysully Dec 6, 2007 06:22 AM

Planning to make Dragos Grilled Oysters - sound incredible - but wondering if I can use frozen oysters on half shell? I don't know how, nor do I want to learn, to shuck oysters, so one of my local fish markets offers these. What do you think?

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    dolores RE: sillysully Dec 6, 2007 06:27 AM

    Hmm, my first impression was 'ew'. Will your fish market shuck them for you if you bought them there, assuming you'll bring them home in a cooler and use them immediately? I don't know, is this viable?

    I've done this with lobsters, since I don't want to hear any lobster screams from my pot of boiling water.

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      sillysully RE: dolores Dec 6, 2007 11:09 AM

      I called several and asked and was told no due to liability. Maybe I'll skip it.

      Anyone else care to chime in? Oysterho - you out there?????

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        hotsauce28 RE: sillysully Dec 6, 2007 01:56 PM

        I've never grilled frozen oysters but i have used them (yes, it's blasphemous) in other dishes.
        As long as you're cooking them and not serving raw defrosted oysters (yuck), i can't see why not. I can't imagine restaurants using freshly shucked oysters for their oyster dishes unless they were very high end.

        maybe i'm just talking sht. You should try and let us know! =)

    2. Homero RE: sillysully Dec 6, 2007 03:33 PM

      When I saw the title, I was thinking frozen oyster popsicles. Anyhoo, I know you can buy fresh oysters in their liquor in buckets at seafood markets in some of the higher end grocery chains (Whole Foods, Central Market) I don't think they would be as good raw, but they work great for oyster stews and stuffing. Although I am guessing you want the shells for the grilling?

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        sillysully RE: Homero Dec 6, 2007 04:58 PM

        Yes - the oysters are grilled in their shell w/garlic and cheese. Someone else suggested I try grilling the whole oysters till their shells open, split - which I'm told is not that difficult then, and then adding the garlic butter and cheese and grilling till melted. Thoughts???

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        MakingSense RE: sillysully Dec 6, 2007 04:59 PM

        They're supposedly really good and can even be served raw. Here's some information about them. Largely a food service product but maybe they're making it into the retail market now. Sounds like they'd be perfect for Char-broiled oysters.

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          sillysully RE: MakingSense Dec 6, 2007 05:08 PM

          Thanks for the link - just checked it out. They have a very similar recipe to what I was going to try. Maybe they are the suppliers to my local fishmarket. I will check it out tomorrow. THX

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