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Southwest Fried Oysters

Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Fry time 3 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Selects are fairly large shucked oysters--the perfect size for frying.


  • 2 pints fresh Select oysters, drained
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine oysters and buttermilk in a large shallow dish or zip-top plastic freezer bag. Cover or seal and chill at least 2 hours. Drain oysters well.

  2. Combine flour and the next 9 ingredients. Dredge oysters in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch in a Dutch oven; heat to 370°.

  4. Fry oysters, in batches, 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

  5. Fried Buffalo Oysters: Prepare Southwest Fried Oysters as directed, omitting the chili powder. Stir together 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup hot sauce, and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Pour butter mixture evenly over hot fried oysters. Serve oysters with Ranch dressing and celery sticks on the side.

  6. Fried Buffalo Oyster Po'Boys: Prepare Fried Buffalo Oysters as directed. Split 4 French bread rolls. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise evenly on cut sides of rolls. Place 1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce and one-fourth of Buffalo Oysters on bottom halves of rolls; cover with roll tops.

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