Did you guys know that there’s a National Oyster Day?
Me either, until about a week ago. It got me thinking…I often order oysters, both raw and cooked, but I never prepare them myself.
In honor of the holiday, I decided to try my hand at it.
Growing up in the South made me particularly fond of fried seafood and after recently having amazing fried oysters at The Walrus & The Carpenter in Seattle, that definitely seemed like the way to go.
The Nashville Hot Shrimp Po’ Boy I made a while back was so flippin’ good that I thought the oysters would really shine with that kind of heat.
I am pleased to report that I was not wrong. I’ve already ended up making this recipe 4-5 times and have never had a problem gobbling them up!
As this was my first time preparing fresh oysters, it was also my first time shucking them. I was a little intimidated, but by the third one, I felt like I had the hang of it.
I made these fried oysters spicy, but milder than Nashville Hot usually is. Feel free to add more cayenne if you would like them hotter.
This time, I served these Nashville Hot Fried Oysters with tartar sauce as an appetizer. Next time, I think I might turn it into a Po’ Boy. Maybe even a mini Po’ Boy on Hawaiian rolls. Mmmm…..
- 2 dozen oysters, shucked
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Louisianna Style Hot Sauce
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2½ Tsp Salt
- Oil for frying, I use Canola
- ½ Cup Butter, Melted
- 1 Tablespoon Cayenne
- ¾ Tbsp Brown Sugar
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ¼ Tsp Pepper
- ½ Tsp Paprika
- ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole milk, egg, and hot sauce. In another medium bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
- In either a deep fryer (I use this one) or a cast iron skillet, heat your oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take each oyster and dredge it in the flour, then dip in the egg/,milk mixture and then again in the flour. Be sure to shake off the excess after each step.
- Fry oysters in batches (the big basket in my fryer can do about a dozen at a time), about 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. After frying, place oysters on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.
- To make the Nashville Hot glaze, add the remaining spices to the melted butter and whisk together. Brush on each side of the fried oyster.
- Serve hot and enjoy!