Fried oysters has got to be the
best thing since sliced bread, and I still haven't figured out what the
best thing before sliced bread was! Maybe you know. This is a "tight crust"
recipe so greasiness is at a minimum.
This will fry about 2 doz. oysters.
Wash the oysters and keep them cool. That's it.
2/3 cup of milk
1 tbs. Creole Seasoning (your choice)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Put oysters in liquid mix. Mix
it all up and marinade it for 30 or more minutes in the ice box.
2 cups corn flour (see note 1) or fish fry, OR Corn Meal (the old way).
3/4 cup cornstarch (makes it stick better)
2 Tbs. Creole Seasoning
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cayenne
1 tsp lemon and pepper seasoning
Don't hesitate to adjust any of the above to your liking...
Dredge the oysters in the dry mix and let sit a minute or so moving them around
just a little. Using a paper bag works good for this too. Just drop the oysters in
and shake it up a few times.
Use peanut oil, about 2" in the pan depending upon the pan depth. Heat to
365ºF (hot oil will burn you badly, be careful). Place oysters in the oil
leaving at least a 3/4" space between pieces. Why? If you pack the pan with
too much meat the
oil cools too much and that equals soggy oysters (not good).
Timing: Cook them about 4 minutes. I watch
the bubbling to judge the doneness, I don't time it. Let them fry until they
barely bubble. With practice you can get
each piece done perfectly. You cannot tell how done the oysters are by the outer
color, it's all in the bubbles! Check this
out... Remove the oysters and place on paper towels. Move
them around so the grease is soaked up. Taste one once they're cooled a
little to see if you need to add any seasoning. Transfer them to another pan
with more paper towels and cover with paper towels.
Let the oil come back to at least 360ºF for the next batch! Remember, the oil cools
as you cook. If you don't have a frying thermometer get one, guessing just don't get
it! If the oil gets too hot turn the fire off and let it cool to the right
temperature. If the oil smokes you've probably ruined it. A thermometer prevents
all of this trouble.
Note 1: I am lucky enough to be able to get corn flour from a
wholesale distributor. A 20lb. sack costs about $5.00. You can also use a
commercially sold fish fry mix which uses the same basic ingredients. It's
mostly corn flour (read the ingredients), and comes seasoned and unseasoned. You
can also mix corn meal and flour and that works okay too. Corn meal is coarser than corn flour, hence the name, "corn flour".
Corn flour is pulverized corn meal. Using only corn meal in the dry mix is the old way of frying oysters and I like it!
Note 2: To keep the food warm put the oven on 200°F (or as low as
it will go) and let it warm up about 15 minutes. Cover the oysters with paper towels (not
plastic wrap) or loosely with foil, turn the oven off, and put the
pan in the oven. If you seal the pan with plastic wrap or foil the oysters
will become soggy. If you leave the oven on it will dry out too much. This
only works for so long. After a few re-heats the oysters will dry out
This is just the way I fry oysters and I'd like to see the way you do it. Send
me your recipe.
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