Fresh oysters are one of my favorite luxury foods. I love them raw on the half shell, barbecued, crispy fried, deep fried, in soup, stew and stir fry. From my personal experience in restaurant kitchens and at home, here's what to serve with oysters - 50 best side dishes to elevate your oyster feast!
- Easy + Delicious Oyster Recipes
- Sauce For Raw Oysters
- Sauces For Cooked Oysters
- What To Serve With Fried Oysters
- What To Serve With Baked Oysters
- Pasta Rice + Potatoes
- Macaroni + Cheese
- What To Serve With Oyster Stew + Soup
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Easy + Delicious Oyster Recipes
Looking for recipes for your oysters? Here are some of my top picks!
Sauce For Raw Oysters
Fresh oysters on the half shell are a simple appetizer that is always in style. A perfect start to your dinner party, pop them open with an oyster knife and serve them up with classic mignonette sauce, lemon wedges and hot sauce.
Crisp Champagne or other sparkling wine, a bright Sauvignon blanc, Chablis or shots of ice cold vodka are traditionally served with raw oysters too. (Sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon is a great non-alcoholic alternative.)
Sauces For Cooked Oysters
Cooked oysters can stand up to heartier sauces with bigger, bolder flavors. Tartar sauce, plain or flavored aioli, remoulade, soy sauce based dips and spicy chopped herb mixtures are all good choices. Whether your oysters are baked, broiled, BBQ'd, steamed or fried, these will take your oyster dinner to the next level.
What To Serve With Fried Oysters
So many great choices to serve with fried oysters. Go Southern and cook up some collard greens to pair alongside remoulade or go Greek with a crisp Greek salad and tzatziki sauce. Serve your fried oysters in a bun with tartar sauce and a side of coleslaw, French fries and baked beans or tuck them into tortillas with some mango cucumber salad for oyster meat tacos!
What To Serve With Baked Oysters
Baked oysters can stand up to lots of side dishes. Pair up the flavors in your baked oysters with one of these for a successful dinner pairing. French oysters are great with the easy potato souffle, Mediterranean recipes pair well with the Greek salad.
Southern recipes pair particularly well with jambalaya, collard greens and coleslaw or the colorful kale slaw. Bread is great for mopping up all the delicious sauce.
Pasta Rice + Potatoes
If you're looking for a great side of pasta, rice or potatoes, these simple recipes let the oyster take center stage.
Macaroni + Cheese
Yep, this one got it's own section. For a casual dinner or game night oysters, mac 'n cheese can't be beat. Go with a tried and true basic or add in bacon or green chilis to kick it up a notch. Delish.
What To Serve With Oyster Stew + Soup
Saltine crackers and oyster crackers are a classic but no one can beat a fresh homemade loaf of bread. Try one of these homemade sides for a perfect oyster soup/stew/chowder pairing.
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How To Shuck An Oyster
- Using an oyster knife and a protective glove or kitchen towel, secure the oyster and locate the hinge.
- Insert the tip of the knife near the hinge, twist gently to pop it open.
- Slide the knife along the top shell to detach it without cutting into the oyster.
- Lift the top shell, cut the muscle to separate it from the bottom shell.
- Remove any shell fragments and serve them in their bottom shells on crushed ice with mignonette and lemon wedges.
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Cheers and happy cooking, Friends! Sabrina