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Pan-Fried Oysters

"Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."  William Shakespeare, 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Do you “slurp” your oysters?  I remember Dad doing that with oysters straight out of the container or sometimes on a cracker.  Then he introduced Bill to it. 

You may remember, I made Mom’s oyster “dressing” for Thanksgiving.  The next evening, we feasted on a dinner of pan-fried oysters before Bill could eat them all raw.  I prefer them dredged with cornmeal or crackermeal but this time I just used flour; Bill’s favorite.

The oysters fried in just a couple of minutes ~ crispy on the outside and just barely cooked on the inside.  I doused them with plenty of hot sauce but, they would’ve really been great piled high on a hoagie roll for an Oyster Po’ Boy!

It would be fabulous to live along the Chesapeake Bay, and then we could enjoy fresh oysters in their shell. Living here, I’m sure if we fed our craving, we would be broke by now! 

Pan-Fried Oysters

1 container shucked oysters, drained (save the liquor for soup or stew)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
½ teaspoon pepper
Oil for frying
Hot sauce

Heat the oil.
Combine flour and Old Bay Seasoning and pepper.
Dredge oysters and fry a few at a time until golden.  Drain.
Serve immediately


Check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and cookbook giveaway!


  1. Yummy! Everything is better fried! I wish I had a plate of your oysters right now!

  2. I love fried oysters although I've never made them for myself. Gosh, why not?

  3. Love fried oysters....oysters on the half shell.....Your's look great, crispy and moist. YUM

  4. I love these and LOVE how the recipe is SOOO simple yet the dish so delicious and special feeling!

    I do something similar with bay scallops and now I will be making these. :) YUMMM!

  5. What a delicious way to make oysters and just the right size for munching.

  6. I have to admit that I will go no further than slurping them raw, Yum yum. Diane

  7. My mom used to use cracker meal so that's my favorite. Yummmm, I just love crispy fried oysters with a little cocktail sauce.

  8. Thanks for your visit...these look so yummy! love them! ;D

  9. I love oysters! Just had them raw a couple of days ago at a Spanish restaurant, yummy! Yours sounds really delicious!

  10. I don't like them raw, but I love them fried! We always have fried oysters to go along with Thanksgiving dinner. Yours look delicious!

  11. Pam sorry I have been AWOL for a while. I have limited bytes with my verizon broadband and I used them all up and boy was that hard not to visit friends on here.. lol
    Wish I had been there for these oysters. Like Bill that is just the way I love them too.
    Can not do the slurping not me.
    Hope your doing well

  12. Delicious is the word to use alright!

  13. Linda, I so agree with the fried thing!

    StephenC, maybe it's time to change that!

    Susan, they were crispy for sure on the outside. Yum!!!

    Design Wine and Dine, oh, I love scallops and will have to try that.

    Lisa, yes! A perfect size for munching!

    Diane, Bill so agrees with you!

    Cathy, my mom used cracker meal also and it's great!

    Julie, thanks and have a good day!

    TT, me too!!!

    kitchen flavours, they are a treat for sure!

    scrambledhenfruit, thanks! I agree with you and like them fried.

    Grandma Yellow Hair, great that you don't slurp. ;) Good luck with verizon! Love...

    Jeannie, yup! That says it all!

  14. My husband LOVES oysters! This is his kind of dish!

  15. My nana loved oyster stew, I used to buy them for her all the time! Your's look like they'd also be delicious on a roll with some sauce! Yummo!


  16. Love fried oysters and now that you've got me craving them, I think I'll go down to Chris's Poboys and have an Oyster Poboy for lunch! lol

  17. I miss living in Maryland! These fried oysters look so very good. I wish I had a plate beside me right now. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a joy-filled afternoon!

  18. I have never eaten oysters. My husand loves them, though. Yours do look yummy:)

  19. have heard these are wonderful never had them, after seeing this I am really interested that golden color is calling me!

  20. I love oysters...on the half shell, as oysters rockefeller...but fried is my all time favorite way! These look wonderful, Pam!

  21. Our tradition for New Year's Eve has always been to have lobster, but I can't find live lobsters here. We've done shrimp since and I'm thinking that oysters would be a great addition!

  22. This reminds me of my childhood because my mom would fry oysters for my dad and he always treasured those meals. I never could stand them fried although I grew to LOVE them roasted.

    Like you pointed out, it's a personal thing, whether you like them fried, roasted, or eat 'em raw.


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