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Bad Fried Oysters?

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I had a Po'boy at a local restaurant (microbrewery) and some of the fried oysters had ugly black stomach contents rather than the usual green.

This was very off-putting and I wonder if it meant that the oysters were bad, or old, or some other problem that I should know about.

Does anyone know what causes this, and also how often it occurs - as I don't look forward to having more fried oysters with this problem (haven't ever seen it in raw oysters thankfully)!!

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  1. How did it taste?

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    1. re: knucklesandwich

      Didn't taste or smell "bad" but it looked terrible, like something out of a transmission!

      @castorpman

    2. The black as you describe is normal for cooked oysters.

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      1. re: fourunder

        Fourunder is as usual correct! Plus you can tell right away if an oyster is bad very little second guessing.

        1. re: fourunder

          Completely normal - you're freaking out for no good reason.

          1. re: Bacardi1

            Thanks very much to all of you, I feel slightly better. :-)

            @castorpman

        2. Eat fried oysters in one bite and you'll never know or care.

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          1. re: Veggo

            Good suggestion, I do really like them fried as well as raw. Thanks!

            @castorpman

            1. re: steinpilz

              Throw some cajon seasoning or cayenne pepper in the flower and mix up some chipotle mayo on the side! Oh yeah that's good eats!

          2. You're sure you aren't joking about this, it was really gross......

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            1. re: steinpilz

              When I poach oysters for stuffing I then coarsely cut them up, and stomach contents are usually closer to black than green. I find this perfectly normal. I would guess that their habitat has someting to do with it, the same with clams and the veins in lobsters and shrimp.

              1. re: Veggo

                Same here - I find cooked shellfish innards black far more times than green, & the flavor has always been just fine.

                1. re: Bacardi1

                  Thanks Veggo and Bacardi1.

                  @castorpman

              2. re: steinpilz

                You've made several posts out of this issue without even mentioning how the oysters in question tasted. Isn't that important to you?

                1. re: knucklesandwich

                  Didn't taste or smell bad at all, I was just distracted by the appearance. Eating them whole does seem to be the best solution.

                  @castorpman