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Fried Oysters with Pearl Tartar Sauce

Yield Makes 3 to 4 servings


  • 6 to 8 oysters in the shell
  • Peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cracker meal
  • Kosher salt
  • Pearl Tartar Sauce
  • Garnish: chopped fresh chives

How to Make It

  1. Shuck oysters, reserving liquor; clean and reserve shells. Place oysters and liquor in a bowl; cover and chill until ready to fry.

  2. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Combine flour and cracker meal in a large pie plate. Drain oysters; dredge in flour mixture. Fry oysters, in small batches, 5 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with kosher salt.

  3. Arrange reserved shells on a platter. Place a dollop of Pearl Tartar Sauce in center of each shell. Top with a fried oyster. Garnish, if desired.