October 29, 2023

Grilled Oyster Recipe You Can Try at Home

If you've never tried to put oysters on the grill, now is the perfect time to give it a shot. Not only does grilling make shucking the oysters easier, but it also adds a tempting smoky flavour that even those with discerning palates will enjoy.

Grilled Oysters

Key Takeaways

  • Grilled oysters adds smoky taste to combine with their natural brininess that taste magical in your mouth.
  • Oyster Dealer Bali is the perfect spot to visit if you're seeking a location to savour the sunset with oysters.

While raw oysters on the half-shell are a delectable delicacy, opening them can be quite challenging. Grilling them, however, removes the need for wrestling with a sharp knife and results in the oysters taking on a subtle smoky taste. Just remember to follow the steps carefully and be cautious, as there is a possibility of one or more oysters bursting open.

Grilled oysters with pairings serve as an excellent appetiser and a luxurious treat for your closest companions. If you want to know how to make it, this grilled oyster recipe highlights the best qualities of oysters, so be sure to read it all the way through.


What is Grilled Oysters

We all know that raw oysters can be amazing, often needing just a hint of lemon or a fresh herb mignonette to bring out their flavours. But let's not forget, that grilled oysters can be equally delightful and might appeal to a wider audience.

Grilled oysters are a delightful seafood dish where fresh oysters are cooked on a grill or barbecue. Typically, the oysters are opened up (shucked) and then placed directly on the grill, often topped with flavorful additions like garlic butter, herbs, cheese, or a special sauce. Grilling them gives the oysters a smoky taste that enhances their natural briny flavour. These grilled delicacies are commonly served as an appetiser or a main course and are cherished by seafood lovers for their rich and distinctive taste.


Reasons to Grill the Oysters

Of course, there are reasons why you should grill your oysters. Grilled oysters are like the cool cousin of regular oysters. They still have that signature oyster taste, but with an extra kick of flavour to make things interesting.

When you throw oysters on the grill, something magical happens. The grilling process adds this smoky goodness that amps up their natural brininess, giving you a taste sensation that's hard to beat. It's like a flavour party in your mouth, especially for folks who can't get enough of seafood.

The best part about grilling oysters? You can get creative with them. Slather some garlic butter on top, sprinkle some herbs, or whip up your special sauce – the possibilities are endless. It's a playground for your taste buds, and you're the boss deciding how you want to jazz them up.

Bonus: Oysters are pretty good for you. They're loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and those fancy omega-3 fatty acids that everyone keeps talking about. So, indulging in some grilled oysters isn't just a treat for your taste buds, it's a win for your health too. Enjoy!


The oysters We Recommend to Grill

When it comes to grilling oysters, you want to think big. Those large oysters are the real MVPs for handling the heat like champs. Not all oysters are up for the challenge, though, so choose wisely. Look for the big ones with deeply cupped shells. They hold onto their juicy goodness much better than the flatter, smaller ones. 

Let's talk types. We've got the Atlantic Oysters – they're the kings of the large shell game. On the other side, we've got the Pacific Oysters. They might be smaller, but they bring some sweet vibes to the table.

Now, when you're out hunting for your oysters, make sure they're sitting comfortably on ice. That's a good sign they're fresh. Also, check that they're bagged and chilling on ice during their ride home. It's best to pick them up either on the day you're planning to grill or the day before. That way, they're all set for their sizzling journey on the grill.


How to Prepare Oysters for Grilling

Prepare Oysters

Before you start your grilling adventure, you've got to shuck those oysters. Grab a trusty shucking tool and hold the oysters snugly in a thick kitchen towel. Keep the flat side up and use the curved side to keep all those precious juices and flesh inside.

Take a whiff of your oyster. If it smells too fishy, it's best to say goodbye. That's why it's crucial to get fresh ones. Ask when they were shucked to be sure. You don't want to miss out on that tasty oyster juice by shucking them too early.

Once your oysters are shucked, lay them out on a baking sheet lined with slightly crumpled aluminium foil. This keeps them from losing that flavorful liquid while you transport them to the grill.

Last but not least, use a small fork to gently loosen the oyster meat. It'll make devouring those bad boys much easier after they've been cooked to perfection.


How to Grill Oysters

Here's how to make some delicious grilled oysters:


  • Fresh oysters
  • Butter
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh herbs (like parsley or chives)
  • Salt and pepper 


  1. Get the grill ready by preheating it to medium-high heat.
  2. Scrub those oysters under cold running water to get rid of any dirt or debris.
  3. Use an oyster knife to carefully shuck the oysters, making sure not to spill any of that flavorful juice inside.
  4. Place the oysters on the grill, making sure they're steady with the rounded side facing down.
  5. Pop a small slice of butter onto each oyster and give it a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  6. Shut the grill lid and let the oysters cook for about 5-7 minutes or until you see the edges curl and the butter starts bubbling.
  7. Gently take the oysters off the grill using tongs.
  8. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the oysters and sprinkle on the chopped fresh herbs.
  9. Serve those grilled oysters right away while they're still piping hot. Get ready to savour those tasty grilled oysters!


How to Grill Oyster in The Shell

You can grill the oysters while they're still in their shells. To do this, just place the shell with the flat side up directly over the heat. Once the shells start to open slightly, that's your sign that they're ready. Take them off the grill, open the shells, remove the top, and add the butter.

Shucking the oysters before grilling is the simpler route to take. It makes the whole grilling process much smoother and hassle-free.


How to Serve Grilled Oyster

Take a serving plate and fill it with large coarse salt or large kosher salt. As you take the oysters off the grill, place them on the salted plate. The salt helps the oysters sit comfortably and keeps all the tasty juices intact. It's not just for looks!

If you want to add a bit of flair to your presentation, grab different coloured coarse salts for the platter. And don't forget to serve your grilled oysters with a squeeze of grilled lemon for that extra burst of flavour.

Also read: 15 Non-Alcoholic Colorful Mocktail You Can Try at Home


Where to Enjoy Delicious Oysters

Oyster Dealer Bali is the perfect spot to visit if you're seeking a location to savour the sunset with oysters. Our menu offers a variety of delicious options, including The Dealer’s Shoyu Pasta, Sleeper Prawn, Shrimp Roedjak, Balinese Inspired Fried Rice, Seared Barramundi, Ceviche, Tiger Prawn Alla Busara, Crusted Salmon, White Snapper, and Ginger Tuna Tataki, among others.

Additionally, don't miss out on our specialty oysters, such as Pacific Oyster, Pacific Japan Oyster, European French Oyster, Olympia Australia Oyster, Atlantic Oyster, and Kumamoto Oyster. These are accompanied by an exquisite selection of premium sauces crafted by the skilled chefs at Oyster Dealer. Furthermore, we offer a diverse range of beverages, including Champagne, Wine, Cocktails, and Mocktails to perfectly complement your meal.

Excited about what we have to offer? Visit our page to learn more about Oyster Dealer Bali.

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