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Baked 13 Mile Oysters with Jalapeño, Lime, and Cilantro Butter

Yield Makes 6 servings
Prep: 19 minutes; Cook: 8 minutes; Stand: 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3 dozen small to medium Apalachicola oysters
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4 small jalapeño chiles
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Shuck oysters. Discard the top shell; keep oysters in the deeper bottom shell. Arrange oysters over kosher salt in a jellyroll pan.

  2. Heat oil in a small skillet over high heat. Add jalapeños, and cook 2 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until skin is golden and blistered. Transfer jalapeños to a small bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 5 minutes.

  3. Peel and seed jalapeños; finely chop, and place in a medium bowl. Add lime zest and next 5 ingredients, stirring to combine. Top each oyster with 1/2 teaspoon butter mixture. (Store remaining butter in refrigerator.)

  4. Bake oysters at 450° for 8 minutes or until the edges of the oysters begin to curl.

13 Mile Oyster Company, Apalachicola, Florida