BBQ’n Oysters

I don’t often use a grill to cook seafood, but this week I got the bug. While my wife and I were out in Bodega Bay, visiting my parents for the weekend, we thought it’d be a blast to surprise them by grilling up fresh oysters. We decided to swing by Hog Island Oysters, for a couple dozen of their fresh sweetwaters. The two dozen extra-small’s we picked up were the perfect size to sit comfortably between the grills of my dad’s portable Coleman.

Hog Island Oyster sign

While I do enjoy using a grill to cook, I’m in no way a chef, so this is was the best kind of foodie experiment. Here’s how it went…

1. Heated the grill to a medium setting (around 325 degrees F).

Hog Island Oysters on the grill

2. Placed as many oysters as would fit, about 1-2 inches apart, on the grill, top-side down (so sea water would remain, and help poach the yummy goodness inside).

3. Cooked for around 8-10 minutes.

4. Removed each, and let cool (to the touch)… about 2 minutes.3. Close the lid, and cooked for around 8-10 minutes.

5. On a dish towel, using a protective glove and Oyster knife, carefully opened each.

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how this would all turn out, but the end result was amazing! For the Oysters where sea water still remained, each had a perfect base flavor. The rest were a little dry, but we fixed that with a simple dressing (I’ll include the recipe below).

Grilling is always a lot of fun, and this instance gave me a few notes to work with for next time, namely, bring the temperature down to around 275 degrees F and only keep on the grill for about 5 minutes. Still, the flavor of each oyster stood out, and in pairing that with a craft beer, you get one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.

21st Amendment Bitter American


Dressing Recipe:

  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Minced yellow onion
  • Dash of dried basil

Combine all of the ingredients in bowl, and mix well. Spoon as desired onto each oyster.

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5 replies

  1. Nice…i have been jonesing to try and grill oysters. You are giving me some much needed motivation. Pictures look great!

  2. Reblogged this on Thoughts of Hops and commented:
    Nice little write up from a friend of mine learning to grill oysters.


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