How to eat oysters properly: Five top tips to becoming a connoisseur
Oysters are considered one of the world’s most luxury foods. They are low in fat, high in protein and are considered a good alternative to meat as they are rich in iron. Oysters are traditionally served with mignonette – a condiment to accompany raw oysters.
Steve Smith, Head Chef at Michelin-starred Bohemia’s Restaurant in Jersey, shares his top tips on how to serve oysters. Now, the world really is your oyster…
Liven up with your oysters with tequila! A tequila lime mignonette can be easily made by mixing together 2 tablespoons of tequila, 2 tablespoons of lime, zest of half a lime, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander and a pinch of salt. Mix it all together then serve with freshly shucked oysters.
You do not have to eat oysters raw – fried oysters make a great snack! Cover your oysters in plain flour, beaten egg and bread crumbs then deep fry for 1-2 minutes until they are crispy.
A Touch of Fizz
Oysters and Champagne are a classic pairing so why not add some fizz to your mignonette? To create the mignonette mix together Champagne vinegar, finely chopped shallots and cucumber, salt and pepper then allow to chill in the fridge. Add the Champagne to the mignonette just before serving.
Keep it Simple
If you want to keep the flavour minimal, instead lightly warm the oyster through and simply serve with lemon juice. If you prefer a saltier flavour rather than sour, place a teaspoon of seaweed butter on top of each oyster and warm for 3-4 minutes.
For a truly indulgent oyster dish sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the oysters. Drizzle with melted butter and season with pepper then grilled the oysters for 1 minute.
Bohemia was ranked 11th best restaurant in the whole of the UK in the Good Food Guide 2018 and is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be featured.