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Frozen Oysters

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A dear friend who lives where oysters are abundant gave me a gift when last I visited - a bag of frozen oysters. Now these critters are out of their shells and frozen hard as a rock in one big lump. If they were fresh, no problem. But frozen, I have no idea what to do with them. I'm not even sure how to defrost them properly.

We are in the midst of a move and I'd like to use them. Suggestions with simple prep and readily available ingredients are most appreciated. Half my kitchen is packed and I'm not hitting anything but the regular grocery store.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I would defrost in the fridge for a day or so.
    Then, make a mess of fried oysters, served with spicy garlic mayo for dipping or on a po'boy. Dip thawed oysters in egg wash, dredge in seasoned corn meal, fry in a pan filled one inch with oil.
    Or, oyster stew - fry bacon, leeks, onions, celery. Add flour for a blond roux. Add clam juice, or fish stock, or possibly chicken stock, and milk. Add diced potato. Add oysters last to cook for just 3 - 5 minutes. Throw in some parsley and a squeeze of lemon and pepper. Serve with crusty bread.

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    1. re: MrsCris

      We love fried oysters, but I'm not thrilled with frying at home. The stew sounds good, though.

    2. I've never tried to fry frozen oysters, but I use them all the time in stews and stuffings.