Southern Fried Oysters

I love oysters. Fried Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, Grill Oysters, Smoked Oysters…<Insert Forest Gump Sound Bite Here> 🙂  List goes on and on…Yet, I have to say Southern Fried Oysters are the winner in my book and every other a very close second 🙂  oysters-on-the-half-shell  southern-fried-oysters  When you take something as beautiful as an oyster and decide to fry it in hot deliciousness we become instant winners at the dinner table.

The entire world loves to fry food and everyone does it excellently. Oysters are known for their many interesting properties like being an Aphrodisiac, Tasty & Healthy. The healthy levels of Oysters are numerous raw-oyster

Let’s talk about what makes Southern Fried Oysters Great!!!… There are a few things to think about when frying. First would be freshness. When you fry food the oil creates a barrier wall around the food you’re cooking keeping the oil out. If your food isn’t really fresh when frying seafood any little off-putting smells or sent will be increased from the cooking process. This happens because of the perfectly sealed wall that’s created around the oyster keeping oil out, but the un-freshness  sealed “Inside”

Do the Sniff Check – Your Seafood Should Smell Like The Beautiful Sea

  • Next thing to be concerned about is the temperature of the oil. Under 300 degrees and the oil will start to leach inside creating mushiness.
  • Over 375 degrees will cause discoloration and be moving into burnt flavors territory
  • Be sure to wash the Oysters – No Exceptions
  • Marinade in buttermilk or whole milk, minimum 30 minutes
  • Do not use All Purpose flour – See Recipe Below For The Magic Flour type
  • Fry If you can please Fry with Peanut 100% of the time for maximum flavor. Peanut Oil has a very high smoke point.
  • High Smoke Point helps the oil not become oxidized and burnt in flavor

oysters-prepped-and-fried   Serving – When you’re working with fresh oysters that you shucked by hand. A good rule of thumb is these are great oysters to serve raw. When your laying out your food to be served be sure to add at least one dozen raw oysters on the half shell. This offers your family and friends a clear message of how fresh your Oysters really are…

Chef Tip: If you give using Lime instead of Lemon next time you’ll never use lemon on raw oysters again. Yes, Lemon with Fried Oysters. No to RAW Oysters…Promise you’ll be amazed.

One of Natures Natural Beauty’s


On Mother’s Day, I was fortunate to be with my Mom on Mother’s Day.  She loves Fried Oysters, so I just had to make them. She rates these Oysters at the top of her list – Soon to be your Oyster recipe… Recipe Below…Please Enjoy  mothers-day-with-chef

Bonus Recipe Oysters Rockefeller

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Perfect Oysters Rockefeller

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4.6 from 5 votes
southern fried oysters
Fried Oysters
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
8 mins
Last Fried Oyster Recipe You'll Ever Need
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern Classic
Keyword: Southern Fried Oyster
Author: Steven Pennington
  • 16 oz Oysters Everywhere sells them a little different, that's OK, the flouring mix works for all amounts
  • 2 Cups of "Cake" Flour Magic Ingredient - Or Use 2/3 AP Flour & Add 1/3 Corn Starch
  • 2 Cups of Cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp - Creole Seasoning Tony's or Ol Bay
  • 1 Tbsp - Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tbsp - Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp - Dried Oregano Crush in the palm of your hand to release the natural oils
  • 1 Tsp - Dried Thyme Crush in the palm of your hand to release the natural oils
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • Salt To Your Taste
  • 1 Cup of Buttermilk or Whole Milk
  • 2 Tbsp of Hot Sauce
  • In Refrigerator for 30-40 minutes
  1. Rinse off Oysters under cool running water. Place rinsed Oysters into bowl and cover with the marinade mix of Buttermilk/or Whole-Milk and into the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes, longer is ok. No overnight, the natural acids in the milk will break down the Oysters texture to much.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a clean bowl. Chef Tip: Taste the flour mixture. Does it taste to much like flour? Add more seasoning based on what you think it needs. You can always do a small test batch and then adjust. This is how restaurant chefs balance out dishes. Test, Test Test...
  1. Use Peanut Oil If Possible. High Smoke Point On Peanut Oil. Mean Less Oil Smoking And Cleaner Flavor.
  2. Add enough oil to cover the Oysters, Oysters need to be in the Oil, not floating on top of the Oil. Three to Four (plus) Inches. Deep Frying.
  3. Preheat to 375 degrees, testing with a candy thermometer. The temperature will drop as soon as the first batch goes in, so keep an eye on the frying temperature. This is why we start at 375 and not 350.
  4. Chef Tip: Test fry a few Oysters to see if the Oil temp looks just right and for taste testing.
  5. Then TSA ( Taste Season & Adjust....)
  6. If you like, sprinkle the Oysters with salt after coming out of the fryer.


5 from 2 votes
oysters rockefeller
Oysters Rockefeller
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

Last Oyster Rockefeller Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Course: southern classic
Cuisine: French America
Keyword: Oysters Rockefeller
Servings: 12
  • 1 dozen Oysters
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 4 slices Bacon cooked
  • 1/4 cup Celery Leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Chervil chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup Spinach
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Creole Seasoning
  • Rock Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pernod optional
  • Parmesan Cheese optional
  1. In a heavy round ovenproof baking dish spread enough rock salt to make a 1-inch layer. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl combine bacon, celery, chervil, green onions, parsley and spinach. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with lemon juice and optional Pernod. In another bowl combine bread crumbs with oil and Creole seasoning; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Carefully open oysters and discard top shell. Drain liquid, loosen oyster and remove any grit or sand. Push oyster shells firmly into the rock salt. Top with greens mixture, then with bread crumb mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until bread crumbs are lightly browned. Serve immediately, directly from baking dish.

Chef Steven Pennington

Chef Steven Pennington

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Le Cordon Bleu Chef sharing food adventures from around the world with a style of cooking rooted in southwestern flavors using French culinary technique.

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