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Spicy Thai Barbecued Oysters

Spicy Thai Barbecued Oysters

½ cup lime juice

¼ cup fish sauce

¼ cup sugar

1 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

2 tsp. finely minced garlic

1 tsp. (or to taste) minced fresh red chile

24 large oysters


Combine lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, cilantro, garlic, and chile in a small bowl; stir until the sugar dissolves. Let stand at least 30 minutes before serving for flavors to develop. Adjust flavors to your taste. Preheat grill to medium-high. Bring to the grill the oysters, the sauce, a cutting board, an oven mitt, tongs, and an oyster knife (or other small knife). Place oysters flat-side up on the grill rack. Close the lid and grill until the top shell pops open, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the oysters to the cutting board with tongs, keeping them as level as possible so the oyster “liquor” (salty seawater) doesn’t spill out. Wear the oven mitt to hold the oyster and use the knife to remove the top shell, cutting the oyster away from the top shell and leaving it in the bottom shell. Periodically wipe your knife clean. Discard the top shells. Spoon about 1 teaspoon sauce onto each oyster. Return the oysters to the grill, close the lid, and grill until the sauce is bubbling, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve with small forks. Serves: 6.

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