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Learn how to make scrumptious dishes featuring lobster, shrimp, crabs, and other delicacies of the sea with the recipes and cooking instructions in these food videos.
You Will Need
- Fresh oysters, any type
- Lots of ice
- A small brush
- An oyster knife
- A cutting board
- A kitchen towel
- A wide shallow bowl or platter
- Lemon wedges
- Oyster glove
- Cocktail sauce
Buy oysters the same day you plan on eating them. Store them in ice, and just before you plan to shuck them, place them in the freezer for a few minutes--they’ll be easier to open.
Rinse and scrub
Rinse the oysters under cold running water and scrub them with a brush.
Hold the oyster with towel
With a towel, hold the oyster on the cutting board with the flatter side up and its hinge facing towards you. Make sure there’s some fabric covering your hand.
Locate the muscle
Locate a spot near the muscle, which holds the shell together. If you’re holding the oyster with your left hand, the best place to wedge in the knife will be at the 'two o’clock' position. If you’re holding it with your right, it will be at 'eight o’clock.'
Pop the shell
Find a break in the oyster’s seal as close to your spot as possible. Wedge in the blade of the knife--you’ll only need to get the edge in--and twist your wrist, popping the top shell free.
Discard the shell
Discard the top shell (or save it for sea sculpture).
Free the meat
Run the knife beneath the flesh of the oyster to free it from the bottom shell. Be careful not to lose the juice!
Put oysters on ice
Place the oyster on a platter of crushed ice. Shuck the remaining oysters and serve with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, or whatever other condiment you see fit.