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Two Oyster Recipes To Add To Your Oyster Bar

If you're planning to set up an oyster bar, either for a special event or as a part of normal dinner service, then it's great to offer your customers a few more unique options aside from classic raw and steamed oysters. These two oyster recipes will delight their taste buds and keep them coming back for more. Each recipe makes 50 oysters, so you should have plenty to fill the bar.

Garlic and Onion Oysters

This simple recipe creates oysters that are simply packed with flavor. You can prepare them ahead of time, keep them in the fridge, and then broil them as needed.


  • 50 fresh oysters, opened with top shells discarded
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

Combine the garlic, onions, olive oil, salt and basil in a food processor. Process until finely chopped, but not entirely pureed. Lay the oysters out on a sheet pan, and place a small amount of the garlic and onion mixture on top of each one. Store the oysters in the refrigerator if you're not ready to cook and serve them right away.

To cook the oysters, turn the broiler on low. Position the oysters about 4 inches from the broiler, and broil for 4 minutes or until the onion mixture just starts to brown.

Spicy Italian Oysters

These hearty oysters, topped with sauce and cheese, have just enough zip to make them super addictive.


  • 50 fresh oysters, opened with top shells discarded
  • 1 1/2 cups jarred spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine the sauce, basil, garlic, red pepper flakes and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir well. Lay the oysters out on a baking sheet, and top each one with a small spoonful of the sauce mixture. Then, top each oyster with some of the cheese. Store in the refrigerator until ready to cook and serve.

Place the oysters in a 375 F oven, and bake for 15 minute or until the cheese is fully melted and has started to brown.

Both of these oyster recipes are easy to double, triple, or even cut in half, depending on how many oysters you need for you bar. Remember, variety is the key to a successful oyster bar. With traditional fresh and steamed oysters along with these two recipes, you're off to a good start.