Many people fall in love with fried oysters before ever tasting the raw kind, and there is certainly something to be said for these delicious bites which are crisp and crunchy on the outside yet soft and tender inside. The following recipe shows you how to make delicious fried oysters, and there are also two different dip recipes to make. One dip features chipotle chili and lime juice, and the other is a cocktail sauce. If you like, you can also stir a little lemon juice into some mayonnaise and serve that as a third dip (or instead of one of these two).
Fried oysters make a great appetizer, or you could make them the star of the show and base your dinner around them, perhaps offering some coleslaw and fries on the side, or a green salad with some ranch dressing. Corn on the cob would also work. Just make whichever side dishes your family prefers.
These oysters are truly simple to prepare and you just need to fry them until they are done. You will be able to see when they are crispy and golden brown, and they are great served piping hot, along with the delicious dipping sauces.
- 2 pints shucked oysters
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 cups finely crushed saltines
- Oil, for frying
- 1 cup cornmeal
- Salt, black pepper and cayenne, to taste
- Lime or lemon wedges, to serve
- ½ teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can
- ½ canned chipotle in adobo, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- Salt, to taste
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper
- First make the chipotle sauce.
- Mix the chipotle with the adobo sauce, mayonnaise, cilantro lime juice, and cumin.
- Taste and add salt, and adjust seasonings, then cover and refrigerate.
- Next make the cocktail sauce.
- Combine all the ingredients well, then cover and refrigerate.
- Drain the oysters, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid. Pat the oysters dry.
- Whisk the egg with the buttermilk and reserved oyster liquid.
- Stir the crushed saltines with the cornmeal.
- Add a little salt, black pepper, and cayenne, to taste, to both the egg mixture and the saltine mixture.
- Dip the oysters into the breading and then into the eggs, and finally into the breading once more.
- Arrange the breaded oysters on a plate.
- Heat ½ inch of oil in a heavy skillet over a medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
- Fry the oysters for a couple of minutes, turning them over once, or until they are golden brown.
- You will need to do this in batches.
- Drain on paper towels, and then serve the oysters hot with the 2 dipping sauces, as well as some lime or lemon wedges.
Fried oysters offer a satisfying crunch and are sure to fill you up if you have a craving for them. Although there are lots of ways to prepare oysters, including oyster stew and raw oysters, fried oysters has to be one of the best ideas. You can see these are served with a couple of different sauces plus a wedge of lemon in the picture, so use this idea if you like, or choose your own side dishes. Another reason why fried oysters are so popular is that they are so quick to make. Once you have dipped the oysters in the breading and eggs, they will fry to perfection in just a few minutes.
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