30 March 2009

Recipe: Fried Oysters on the Half Shell with Bacon Horseradish Hollandaise

Oysters, opened, ready for consumption, raw
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Fried Oysters on the Half Shell with Bacon Horseradish Hollandaise

From: Mr. B's Bistro

Yield: Serves 4


1 lb shucked oysters (1 pint)

2/3 cup Crystal hot sauce

1 large egg, lightly beaten

canola oil for frying

For 3-2-1 breading:

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup corn flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup cornmeal

1 tsp kosher salt

¾ tsp granulated onion

¾ tsp granulated garlic

¾ tsp paprika

½ tsp chili powder

½ tsp white pepper

rock salt for serving

2 dozen oyster shells

1/2 cup bacon horseradish hollandaise sauce


Drain oysters and toss with Crystal and egg. Marinate oysters, chilled and covered, 2 hours and up to overnight.

In a deep heavy saucepan heat about 2 inches oil until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer.

Make 3-2-1 breading: In a large bowl combine all ingredients.

Toss oysters in breading, shaking off excess, and fry in batches of 6 until golden brown, about one and a half minutes, making sure oil returns to 350 degrees before adding more oysters. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.

To serve arrange rock salt on 4 plates. Arrange oysters on half shells and place over salt. Top each oyster with a teaspoon of hollandaise

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