Prep Time
20 Mins
Chill Time
2 Hours
Fry Time
3 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Selects are rather large shucked oysters—which makes them the perfect size for battering and deep-frying. A unique twist on the tangy buffalo wing, fried oysters are crispy on the outside and meltingly rich and creamy on the inside. These fiery bites are a bit spicy, so it’s best to have a side of cool ranch or blue cheese and trimmed celery sticks nearby. Serve at your next tailgate party for the ultimate crunchy starter. 

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Combine flour and the next 8 ingredients. Dredge oysters in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Stir together melted butter, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Pour butter mixture evenly over hot fried oysters. Serve oysters with Ranch dressing and celery sticks on the side.

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