Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters have always been one of my favorite seafood items. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, scallops and snapper but oysters have a unique flavor of their own. I love ’m raw on the half shell, stewed, fried, baked into a casserole or stuffing just to mention a few. My Aunt Betty loved them wrapped in bacon and baked or grilled, she called it Angels on Horseback which turns out is an old English recipe. I have mentioned below a good place to go for grilled oysters and a great place for a Fried Oyster Caesar salad in Houston. Then, below is a great traditional grilled oyster recipe that you can make at home!

The cooks at Gilhooley’s in San Leon, Texas, grill their oysters with parmesan; broiling them works, too. Just remember when going to Gilhooley’s, no kids and no credit cards, but it’s really good.

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. Worcestershire
1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
1 1⁄2 tsp. Tabasco
12 oysters, shucked, on half shell
12 small shrimp, cooked and peeled
1⁄3 cup finely grated parmesan
Lemon slices, for serving

Heat oven to broil; place a rack 3″ from heating element. In a food processor, pulse butter, Worcestershire, garlic, and Tabasco until smooth.

Arrange oysters on a foil-lined baking sheet. Top each oyster with a shrimp and some of the butter mixture; sprinkle with parmesan. Broil until oysters just curl, about 5 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.

Bon Appétit!

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