February 19, 2020
Oysters are delicious saltwater mollusks vital to the ecosystem, filtering pollutants out of the water and providing a habitat for other species, including mussels or barnacles. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, oysters also help boost our immune system, regulate inflammation and keep our hearts and brains in check.
After trying a dozen different ways to bake oysters, I concluded that they are at their brightest sprinkled with just a few key spices to enhance their naturally briny flavor, topped off with ghee and lightly baked. Try using the local plump and succulent Gulf Coast oysters, in full season now.
12 to 14 fresh oysters in the shell
Pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons amchur powder
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Pinch of chili powder (optional)
3 to 4 tablespoons ghee
Sliced cucumbers for serving
Preheat oven to 350°F, crack the oyster open, and lay them on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle salt, amchur, chopped cilantro, and chili powder. Pour melted ghee on top and place the oysters in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes. The oysters should turn plump and shiny with a clear liquid around the edges.
Serve immediately with sliced cucumbers.
Replace cilantro with other herbs like mint or basil.
Replace ghee with coconut or olive oil.
Replace chili with freshly ground black pepper for a milder version or amp it up with the addition of finely minced serrano pepper.
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