Oysters in Chive Sauce Recipe

Oysters are great served either cold or warm like in this delicious seafood starter recipe. You can serve this as a canape or as a starter dish for a summer dinner. Oysters are not the cheapest type of seafood but they are special and you do not have to serve a lot to each diner.

A lot of people think twice about making oysters recipes because they are thought to be difficult but actually the opposite is true. Oysters are easy to work with. In this recipe for oysters you simply make the sauce and grill the oysters for a couple of minutes. There is nothing more to it. So if you were looking for easy oyster recipes you've found one!

Have you tried cooked oysters? Personally I like mine raw, just served as they are, and I do not add vinaigrette or lemon juice either. I love the aroma and flavour of the sea, that is what I like best, and I also find their texture pleasing. People say you have to get used to oysters but I can honestly say I loved them from the word go.

Easy Fresh Oysters Recipe

Ingredients -

4 oysters on the half shell, juices reserved
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
55g (2 oz) unsalted butter
4 tablespoon white wine vinegar
kg (1 lb) rock salt
A good handful of chives, chopped
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped


Place the oysters on a bed of salt in a heatproof shallow dish. Chill until ready to cook. Melt the butter. Add the vinegar. Bring to a boil and reduce until the sauce is like syrup.
Stir in the lemon juice, oyster juices and chopped chives. Divide this mixture between the oysters and put the dish under the grill (broiler) for a couple of minutes. Scatter some chopped parsley over the oysters and serve right away.

Serves 4

Grilled Oysters in Chive Sauce

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This is a special recipe. Choose fine oysters and prepare a chive sauce to bring out their exquisite flavour. They only need to be under the grill for a couple minutes so take care not to overdo it. Oysters are expensive (comparatively) and you do not want them to go rubbery. This recipe makes a sophisticated and elegant starter, and you can follow with a classic dish, perhaps roast chicken or boeuf bourguignon or something similar. If you want to serve wine with oysters choose something white and dry. Else Champagne is always good.

Image courtesy of Barron Fujimoto, on Flickr.com