If you have ever visited New Orleans, you will know that their food is the dog’s balls. When we visited the city last year, we had our first oyster experience in a local seafood restaurant named Deanies. I was a little hesitant at first as I had never eaten oysters before but by the time I left, I was a huge fan. We would genuinely go back to New Orleans just for the oysters! This dish is known in N’awlins as ‘charbroiled oysters’ and it’s pretty much a huge plate of cheesy grilled oysters with herbs and butter, on the half shell, with a side of french bread.
Charbroiled isn’t even a word in the UK so we had a bit of a task on our hands with recreating the dish. If you’re looking for a quick, naughty sharer with little effort then cheesy grilled oysters are your pal. This is also a great way to introduce your pals to the salty delicacy.
- 12 live oysters or large oysters on the half shell (the bigger, the better)
- Grana Padano Cheese 3/4 ounce
- Parmigiano-Reggiano 3/4 ounce
- Pinch of Dried Oregano
- Tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 8 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 x teaspoons Garlic (minced garlic is WAY easier)
- French Bread or a crusty baguette
How to Make Cheesy Grilled Oysters
- Turn on the grill.
- Mix the butter, garlic, pepper and oregano in an oven-friendly bowl. Stick the bowl under the grill for a minute to soften the butter if needed.
- Place all oysters in an oven dish, pouring a little of the butter mix into each oyster.
- In a small bowl, mix together the different cheeses.
- Spoon the cheeses on the oysters, on top of the butter mix.
- Sprinkle some parsley on top of the oysters.
- Pop the oven dish under the grill for 5-7 minutes. The oysters themselves take no longer than 5 minutes to cook but grilling a little longer will crisp up the cheese.
- Serve on the shell alongside sliced crusty bread.