Oysters are some of the most fun and rewarding seafoods out there. It almost rivals lobster with its spectacle, as every oyster dish turns out to be a fun event. There are plenty of ways that you can cook oysters, but an equal number of ways to mess them up! In order to ensure that your oysters come out perfect every time, there are a few things you can do to minimize the chance for error. We give you some of our best tips for cooking oysters below!
Briefly Freeze Them Beforehand
When it comes time to shuck your oysters, this tip will come in handy! Before you even think about starting the cooking process, you should put your oysters in the freezer and let them sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will make them much easier to shuck once it comes time to. The reason for this is because freezing them helps to relax the muscles that control the opening and closing of the shell. With these weakened after freezing, shucking your oysters will be a piece of cake!
Look For The Edges To Curl
Cooking the oysters should be a process you handle VERY delicately! If you overcook your oysters, they’ll end up feeling and tasting rubbery. Don’t let your oysters go to waste! There’s a little trick to knowing when your oysters are done cooking. Take a look at the edges of the oyster. Once they start curling up, it’s a sign that they’ve had enough heat. Don’t cook them for too much longer than that and you should be good to go.
The Seashell Test
Have you ever been to the beach and put a seashell to your ear, hoping that you could hear the ocean? Did you know that you can check the freshness of your oyster this way? Before you even buy your oysters, take some time to hold the shell up to your ear. You’ll want to keep an ear out for any hollow sounds. If it sounds hollow inside, the oyster is dehydrated and doesn’t have the flavor you want. Only go for those that don’t sound hollow to your ear!
Oysters at Mare Oyster Bar
Cooking oysters yourself can be a pretty difficult task. However, there’s a way to ensure that they come out perfect every time: Come to Mare Oyster Bar today! Our seafood is the freshest and most delicious in Boston’s North End, and our oyster bar is just a fantastic example of that. For the tastiness of oysters without the tediousness of cooking them, make a reservation with us today!