Brined Holiday Oysters on the Half Shell Recipe

Brined Holiday Oysters on the Half Shell Recipe

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Oysters on the half shell will be a hit to start out your holiday feast.

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Nutrition Information per Serving:

Calories: 47 Fat, Total: 1g Carbohydrates, Total: 4g
Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 141mg Protein: 5g
Fiber: 0g % Cal. from Fat: 19% % Cal. from Carbs: 34%

Alternative: Pre-shucked oysters can be used for this recipe. Their flavor isn’t quite as briny, but they will still be tasty. Serve the oysters, drained in this case, on crackers, toast points, or crisp flour tortilla wedges.


  • 24 live oysters, shucked, liquor and shells reserved
  • 8-ounce bottle clam juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves dry roasted in a skillet and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 medium lemons


  • 1 Drain liquor from oysters into 1 cup measuring cup. Add enough clam broth to oyster liquor to measure 1 cup total.
  • 2 Reserve 24 oyster shells with deep cups in bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  • 3 Heat oil in large shallow saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until very soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, marjoram, pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper; saute 1 minute.
  • 4 Add oyster liquor mixture and vinegar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low.
  • 5 Add oysters and simmer gently until oysters begin to plump and curl around edges, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately transfer oyster mixture to medium glass bowl. Stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  • 6 TO SERVE: Spoon oysters and some of juice onto reserved shells and serve immediately.


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