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How to Steam Oysters at Home

You just got your first bunch of oysters from Carolina Fish Market... Now what?? We're bringing the taste of the sea to your kitchen with a simple yet luxurious treat – steamed oysters. This easy-to-follow guide will ensure you create a restaurant-quality dish that showcases the briny goodness of fresh oysters. Let's dive into the art of steaming oysters at home!


  1. Fresh Oysters: 1 dozen (or as many as desired)

  2. Dry White Wine: 1 cup

  3. Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup, melted

  4. Fresh Lemon: 1, sliced

  5. Minced Garlic: 2 cloves

  6. Fresh Parsley: 2 tablespoons, chopped

  7. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: 1/2 teaspoon (optional, for a hint of heat)

  8. Salt and Pepper: To taste


  1. Select and Clean the Oysters:

    • Choose fresh, live oysters from a reputable source. Rinse them under cold running water to remove any mud or debris. Use a stiff brush to scrub the shells.

  1. Prepare the Steaming Setup:

    • Place a steaming basket in a large pot, ensuring it sits above the water level. Add enough water to the pot without touching the bottom of the basket.

  1. Open the Oysters:

    • Using an oyster knife, carefully open the oysters by inserting the blade into the hinge and twisting until the shell separates. Slide the knife along the top shell to release the oyster.

  1. Arrange in the Steamer:

    • Place the opened oysters on the steaming basket, ensuring they are level and won't tip over.

  1. Create the Flavored Butter:

    • In a bowl, mix melted butter with minced garlic, chopped parsley, and crushed red pepper flakes if you desire a bit of heat.

  1. Drizzle with Wine:

    • Pour the dry white wine over the oysters. This will create steam and infuse the oysters with a subtle wine flavor.

  1. Season and Garnish:

    • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the oysters, and add a slice of lemon to each.

  1. Steam the Oysters:

    • Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and steam the oysters for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the oysters begin to curl. Be cautious not to overcook, as this can result in rubbery oysters.

  1. Serve Immediately:

    • Transfer the steamed oysters to a serving platter. Drizzle the flavored butter over each oyster, ensuring it seeps into the shells.

  1. Enjoy with Lemon Wedges:

  • Serve the steamed oysters hot, accompanied by additional lemon wedges for squeezing over the top.

Conclusion: Steaming oysters at home is a fantastic way to experience a unique culinary night in! With the tantalizing flavors of garlic, butter, and a touch of wine, you've created a seafood masterpiece. Here's to another year of delightful culinary adventures!

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