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Jan 25, 2012 07:43 AM

Shucked oysters for sale?

Any thoughts on where I could pick up some pre-shucked fresh oysters? I'm making a recipe with them and really don't want to deal with oyster shucking if I can avoid it. Possibly Captain Boston Fish?

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  1. Approximately how many would you need?

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    1. re: Dave MP

      Not many -- a dozen at most. Even a place that'll open them for me so I can have them on the shell would be OK. I'm making Momofuku's Bo Ssam recipe and would like them on the side.

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        Seems like a lot of fish markets might be able to do this for you, although maybe for a fee.

        Just called Captain Boston Fish, and it sounds like the oysters there are sold for 1.50 each. Wasn't clear whether they could shuck them or not (language barrier on the phone)

        I then called James Hook in Downtown, and they also sell oysters for $1.50 each, and it's $2.00 each if you want them shucked.

        What about the guy who sells oysters at Haymarket?

        1. re: Dave MP

          Thanks for the legwork, Dave!! Capt. Boston is right up the street from me, so I'll give them a shot first. I'm getting my hands on an oyster knife as well, just in case they can't do it.

    2. The fishmonger within Miltn Market place--Rocky Neck, I believe.

      Got 125 shucked-with shells and liquor for serving-for a50th B-day party over the summer. They were terrific oysters--and very friendly people!

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      1. re: SeaSide Tomato


        Fruit Center Marketplace, Milton
        10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

      2. if you don't mind getting them *not* freshly shucked (and you probably do want them freshly shucked for this Momofuku, I want to try that too, if I can find the Boston butt with bone in), Market basket sometimes has them in a can with the liquor, as do some WF locations sometimes. I used them in the can for a cajun oyster pie and they are fine for that purpose. I mean in a refrigerated tin fish dept, these are indeed fresh, not smoked in a can in the grocery section next to canned tuna.

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        1. re: Madrid

          Thanks Madrid, I'll check that out in a pinch. FYI, McKinnon's in Davis Square has bone-in Boston butt, but not in the 10 lb size they do at Momofuku. I'm doing two five-pounders.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            thanks, Otter...I live in somerville so will check out McKinnons...I want to do half the recipe anyway. it sounds so good!

            1. re: Madrid

              By the way Madrid, I definitely recommend the recipe. The oysters are great with it but not 100% essential, and all the side-sauces are a hassle but worthwhile. The actual pork is crazy easy to make and delicious. For a half recipe I cooked it for about 4 to 4.5 hours instead of 6 and it came out perfectly.

              1. re: Boston_Otter

                thanks, I really am going to try it a nd the complicated side sauces are actually very appealing to me! I know they are going to move this to homecooking, but in case you see it before they do, you used bone-in pork butt, right? Do you think having the bones in made a huge difference? I have a boneless one and might just go ahead with it!

                1. re: Madrid

                  I used bone-in. I don't think it'd make a huge difference if you used boneless. Just cook it with the fat side up.

                  The side sauces are all easy to make. A quick trip to H-Mart should get you any hard to find Korean ingredients (good kimchi, gochujang, ssamjang). Good luck!

                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                    Thanks, Boston Otter! I will probably get it bone in and then second time try boneless. I live near Union Square Somerville so I think I can get everything at the Reliable Korean market there.

        2. Steamers in Nonantum sells shucked oysters, fyi.

          1. As a follow-up, I picked them up at Fresh Pond Seafood, unshucked, at the same $1.50/ea that everyone else in town seems to sell them at. Great place -- I'd forgotten that they'd moved, and their new digs are really nice; they even serve lunch, including fried whole bellies. I'll have to go back and try their food sometime.