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Oysters can be a delicious bite of ocean flavor or a slimy, salty blob like scallops. This polarizing seafood is a subject of many opinions, but they are often praised for being chewy, distinct, and fresh-flavored.
Evidence of humans eating shellfish dates as far as 164,000 year ago. The Romans of England enjoyed this salty seafood around 2,000 years ago.
Oysters were a cheap food in America and were mainly consumed by the working classes of the early 19th century. The United States produced 160,000,000 pounds per year of oyster meat between 1880 and 1901, when they reached their peak.
Due to habitat destruction and decreased demand, oyster production has declined significantly over the last century.
However, oysters are still a favorite seafood that is enjoyed by seafood connoisseurs around the world.
Health benefits of oysters
Oysters are an abundant source of vitamins and minerals, packed with vitamin B12, vitamin D, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium. Some health benefits include keeping your brain healthy and increasing your energy, so the love for this beloved seafood is definitely understandable.
Craving for some oysters for you and your family? Here’s how you can cook your own spicy savory grilled oysters.
How to Cook Spicy Savory Grilled Oysters
Cooking oysters is relatively easy, usually grilled flavored with either garlic and butter or eaten raw with salt and lemon juice. But today’s recipe will spice up your typical oyster recipe. Get your chef’s hat and apron on, and get grilling!
- 8 dozen oysters
- Cajun sauce or Hot sauce
- ¼ cup Butter
- ¼ cup Minced garlic
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Preheat the grill to medium-high (very important, otherwise they will not get hot enough to pop open the shells). It’s better to use the charcoal grill for oysters and to get to high temperatures that you need to pop off the shells of the oysters. To make sure the grill is hot enough, use a reliable food thermometer (an instant-read or a digital one with a long probe).
- Check oysters for freshness by tapping each oyster gently on a work surface to make sure they close their shells when tapped. Discard any oysters that don’t close.
- Place the oysters on the grate with the deeper shell down to hold in the juices.
- Grill for 5-8 minutes. Remove each oyster from the grill the second the shell pops open (even if it is ever so slightly open) dumping out the juices onto the coals. Do not delay in removing them from the grill, as they can easily get charred and their shell could crack open with too much temperature.
- Pry off top shells with an oven mitt, pull the oyster off of the top shell. Dump out juices, return the oyster to the shell and serve immediately.
Oysters are savory seafood that offers various health benefits that help with keeping your brain healthy and body full of vigor. Spice up your typical grilled oysters with this easy-to-do spicy savory grilled oysters recipe.
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