We’re celebrating our Annual New England Oyster Fest all summer long, with a slew of varieties from our fresh fish partner, Foley Fish. The simple satisfaction of a pure, raw oyster with nothing more than lemon juice, vinegar or cocktail sauce is tough to top.
Take your preparation of this raw aphrodisiac to a new level with these recipes for Oyster Shooters from Laura Foley Ramsden.
An Oyster Shooter, also known as an Oyster Cocktail, first became popular on the West Coast. In 1860, a gold miner came back from the fields to a restaurant in San Francisco. He requested a plate of raw oysters, along with ketchup, horseradish, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, with a whiskey cocktail on the side. The miner drank the whiskey, and then added the rest of the ingredients – oysters included – into the glass. He called it an “oyster cocktail.” By the next day, the restaurant had a sign in the window advertising this new offering. And the dish spread across the city. Within a week, every restaurant in San Francisco was serving the new dish.
One popular twist on this oyster cocktail concept is Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters. Blend vegetable juice, vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice, salt and hot sauce – if you like it spicy – and pour it over an oyster in a shot glass. (Omit vodka for a non-alcoholic version!)
For a citrusy, spicy take on shooters, try this recipe for Chili Lime Oyster Shooters. Stir up a cup of tomato juice and 2 tablespoons ketchup, as well as the juice and zest of one orange, one lemon and one lime. Add a minced serrano chile without the seeds, a 1/2 teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger and a 1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh garlic, plus a pinch of salt. This recipe makes 12 shooters, with one raw oyster in each glass! Garnish with sliced scallions, chopped cilantro and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
You might find that these preparation for this delicacy become new specialties right at home in your kitchen.
Check out our latest list of oyster varieties, and ask for more information about them in the seafood department!