Ok, if you live in the South, you kind of wonder what all these people are doing grilling in the middle of July. Don’t get me wrong, I still do it even though it’s hotter than hades down here. But I love grilling even more during the other seasons, and Fall is my favorite! I recently ordered some oysters, and made these easy grilled oysters with spicy butter sauce. Why are they easy? Because I don’t shuck them before grilling!
I’ve shucked my share of oysters over the years, and, while no expert, I can get some oysters on the plate. That being said, it’s still a major pain to shuck them, and sometimes results in the worst cuts in the kitchen- the dreaded “dull oyster knife stab-wound.” Wowzers, that really hurts. So anyway, I’m not a fan of shucking, so I let them shuck themselves. Just put the oysters on a hot grill, let them cook for a few minutes, and they will open up. I then use my oyster knife to pop them the rest of the way open, and drizzle them with a delicious spicy butter sauce. Yummy!
Serving Grilled Oysters with Spicy Butter Sauce
I serve these on a platter with an extra side of the butter sauce, lemon wedges, and French bread or crackers (I just have to have crackers with oysters for some reason.) These make wonderful appetizers for the family or friends watching a game. I like to really get the grill hot to cook these. You can cook them on a gas grill, but a grill burning some charcoal with a couple of pieces of pecan wood really adds to the dish. The real flavor comes from when you add the butter sauce and let the flames lick around the edge and just slightly caramelizes the butter sauce and the oysters. I cook them a dozen at a time, then lay them out on a platter for everyone to enjoy.
As always, get out there and grill!Print