How to deep-fry an oyster

Crispy oysters with pickled vegetable salad and citrus mayonnaise

How to deep-fry an oyster

by Great British Chefs8 December 2014

How to deep-fry an oyster

Fresh oysters don’t have to be served raw. They can also be encased in a crispy batter to create a perfect canapé, satisfying snack or unexpected element of a main course. The crunch from the batter compliments the moist, salty oyster meat, making deep fried oysters a must-try for any seafood-lover.

For instructions for opening or 'shucking' an oyster, have a look at our video.

Shuck the oysters and discard any broken shell
Heat a deep fat fryer to 180°C
Dip the oysters into plain flour, beaten egg then breadcrumbs
Deep-fry for around 1–2 minutes until crisp
Using a slotted spoon, remove the oysters from the fryer and drain on kitchen paper before serving

Serving suggestions

The salty flavour of an oyster and crisp batter coating are beautifully complemented by the fresh citrus flavours of lemon found in Nathan Outlaw’s citrus mayonnaise or the sweetness present in Chris Horridge’s apricot purée. In contrast, a hot chilli dressing would also work well to bring out the inherent umami flavour of the oysters.

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