How to Boil Oysters

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Oysters have a soft flesh that can taste sweet, salty or even melon-like, depending on where they are harvested. These expensive treats can be eaten in various ways: raw, boiled, steamed, baked, fried, stewed, pickled, or roasted. Because raw oysters may contain dangerous bacteria, many people opt to boil their oysters to enjoy this seafood delicacy.

How to Boil Oysters
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Things You'll Need

  • Oysters
  • Small pot
  • Water or broth
  • Melted butter or hot sauce (optional)
  • Hand towel
  • Oyster knife
  • Bowl or plate
Step 1

Purchase oysters with closed shells. If you find an oyster with an open shell, tap on the shell a couple times to see whether the shell closes. If the shell remains open, the oyster is dead and shouldn't be consumed. Throw away dead oysters.

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Step 2

Fill a small pot with water or broth until it is about two-thirds full. (It is important to use a smaller pot because a larger pot may prevent all the oysters from cooking properly.)

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Step 3

Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, and drop the oysters into the pot. Boil for three to five minutes after the oyster shells open.

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Step 4

Drain the oysters in a colander and rinse with cool water to prevent more cooking. Throw away any oysters that did not open during cooking.

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Step 5

Serve the oysters plain or with melted butter or hot sauce.

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Step 1

Follow Step 1 above to discard dead oysters.

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Step 2

Place a fresh oyster in a towel, and grab it with the palm of your hand. With your other hand, pry open the shell with an oyster knife. (See References for more information.)

Step 3

Insert the tip of the knife between the shell halves next to the oyster's hinge. Wiggle and twist the knife until the oyster breaks open.

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Step 4

Cut the oyster from the top shell, and place it in a bowl or on a plate. Then repeat with the bottom shell.

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Step 5

Fill a small pot with water or broth until it is two-thirds full. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, and drop the oysters into the pot. Boil for at least three minutes. The ends of the oysters will curl once the oysters are fully cooked.

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Step 6

Remove the pot from heat once the oyster edges have curled. Drain the oysters in a colander, and rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking.

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Step 7

Serve the boiled oysters plain or with melted butter or hot sauce.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Cook your live oysters as soon as possible. Although oysters have a shelf life of about a week, the taste of their meat will change as they age. Eat your oysters as soon as possible for the freshest taste.
  • To maximize their shelf life, store your oysters in the refrigerator. Do not store them in water, and do not place them in the freezer.

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