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Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters

By Traeger Kitchen

These wood-fired oysters are an unexpected game day appetizer that will convince all your friends to stay & watch the game.

Prep Time

30 Min

Cook Time

6 Min

Pellets

Mesquite

Ingredients

This recipe serves:

2

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Units of Measurement:
main
As Needed Rock salt, or other coarse salt, raw rice, or beans, for serving
18 Medium oysters, shells 4-5-inches across
8 Tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 Clove Garlic, very finely minced
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 Cup grated parmesan
To Taste fresh parsley, chopped, for serving

Steps

  • 1

    Pour about 1/2-inch layer of rock salt on a large platter. This will help hold the oysters level once they’re cooked.

  • 2

    Start with oysters that are all completely closed (i.e. still alive). If any of the oysters are open, throw them away–that means that they are dead and you want them to be as fresh as possible. After purchasing the oysters, keep them on ice in a bowl in the fridge until ready to eat. Before shucking, wash and lightly scrub the oysters thoroughly in water to prevent grit from getting inside once you open them.

  • 3

    Shuck the oysters. Using an oyster knife or a sturdy paring knife, hold the oyster in a towel to make it easier to hold and to protect your hand. Put the point of the knife in the "hinge" of the oyster. Push and wiggle the knife further into the oyster until it feels firmly stuck in. Apply a turning/torquing pressure to the knife to gently pop open the oyster. Being careful not to spill the juices, go around the oyster gently with the knife to completely open the oyster.

  • 4

    Make sure you don't cut the meat of oyster. Pull gently until the shell pops completely open. Remove and discard the top shell. Run your knife under the oyster to release it, but leave it in the bottom shell.

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 500°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

    00:15

  • 6

    In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and dried oregano and sauté for 2-3 minutes, being careful to not let the garlic brown.

    00:03

  • 7

    Remove the butter sauce from the heat. Pour a spoonful of the butter mixture on each oyster.

  • 8

    Place the oysters directly on the grill grates, balancing them between the bars so they don’t spill. Close the lid, and cook until the juices are bubbling and the edges of the oyster meat curl slightly, 6-8 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

    00:08

  • 9

    Remove the oysters from the grill using tongs to carefully transfer the oysters to the prepared platter with the rock salt to balance the shells. Garnish with grated parmesan and chopped parsley. The shells and juices will be very hot, so let them cool slightly before eating. Enjoy!

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