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Dec 6, 2007 06:22 AM

Frozen Oyster on Half Shell - Any good?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: dolores

      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?????

      1. re: sillysully

        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. 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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      1. re: Homero

        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???

      2. 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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        1. re: MakingSense

          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