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I love to eat oysters, I love them raw on the half shell, deep fried, steamed, smoked or in a pie. I've also got a desire to try new things so when the season's first maritime oysters hit the grocery stores I decided to try my hand at smoking some. I invite you to follow me on this journey of discovery and flavor.
Ingredients: 1/4 peck or about 30 fresh oysters in the shell.
                       large pot of boiling salted water.
                       wood chips for smoking
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Step 1: Gather your crustations.

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As mentioned in the introduction I'm using Maritime oysters from my neighboring province of Prince Edward Island. They start becoming available in my area in mid November, about the same time the Beaujolias Nouveau wine comes out. Coincidence, I think not. If you've never shucked an oyster before be prepared for a few minor injuries. It would be best if you got some one to show you how first, I'm sure youtube has lots of videos on how to do it. 

I'm no expert on how it is done but I've shucked enough to get by without injury. You will be needing an oyster knife, an old dish rag and perhaps a hammer for the tough ones.

Step 2: Time to start shucking.

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If you don't like the look of fresh oysters then go no further on this instructable, if you love oysters like I do then this is like opening little  casks of goodness. You must control the urge to eat too many right off the half shell if you can, be strong, you can do it.
chris.butzon4 months ago

I will try this soon -- it sounds so good. So if you steam the oysters, they come open by themselves? How do you steam them, indoors, outdoors, what type cooker?

friger (author)  chris.butzon4 months ago
By steaming the oysters they will open by them selves. I did them on the stove in a large pot wit about an inch of water in it. Takes about 5 minutes. Cover the pot.
smalvik1 year ago
Hi! Thanks for your recipe, love your writing style. Really hard to find proper recipes for how to smoke your own oysters, all smoked oysters recipes around seems to be on how to use the canned type.
I have a question though, is it necessary to blanch them before smoking the oysters? What difference does it make to the final result?
friger (author)  smalvik1 year ago

I thank you for your kind comments. I have done it with out the blanching step and was not as happy with the results. Like I mentioned in this Instructable, the blanching seems to firm the meats up just enough for easier handling.

On a side note, I've since begun gently steaming the oysters in the shell too get at the meats. This is now my preferred method. First, no shucking, and second, it accomplishes the blanching for you. Just steam until the shells start to open and scrape out meats.

lmnopeas3 years ago
KEUrban3 years ago
The hardest thing about smoking oysters is keeping 'em lit.

Ah... An old joke, but a good one :-)
friger (author)  KEUrban3 years ago
HAHAHAHA, try a good pipe.