Texas BBQ Oysters

Over a blustery charcoal grill, Raz Halili (emerging champion of sustainable seafood and a successful oyster farmer/VP of the family business, Prestige Oysters) chars his oysters until the steam of sweet sea brine bubbling from between the shells signals they're ready for a dose of herb butter and cheese. Back over the fire they go until molten hot, tempting us to eat them straight off the grill.

Texas BBQ Oysters
Photo: Buff Strickland
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Yield:
6 serves

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) salted butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeds removed, finely chopped

  • 1 red Fresno chile, seeds removed, finely chopped

  • 4 ounces finely grated pecorino Romano cheese (1 cup), divided

  • 24 medium oysters in the shell

  • Hot sauce (such as Texas Pete)

  • Saltines

Directions

  1. Heat grill to high (450°F to 550°F). Stir together butter, parsley, tarragon, jalapeño, Fresno chile, and ¼ cup of the pecorino Romano in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Let stand at room temperature.

  2. Scrub oysters with a stiff brush under running water. Insert an oyster knife into the hinged edge of each oyster; twist knife handle back and forth until top shell is loose. Slide oyster knife along the bottom of the top shell to detach muscle. Remove and discard top shell, keeping the oyster in the deeper bottom shell.

  3. Place oysters on a rimmed baking sheet. Top each with about ½ tablespoon butter mixture. Transfer oysters directly to grill rack. Grill, covered, until oyster juices are bubbling and butter has melted, about 5 minutes. Top with remaining ¾ cup pecorino Romano, and grill, covered, until cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Remove from grill. Serve with hot sauce and saltines.

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