How To Clean Oysters Before Shucking?

The seafood supplier usually get oysters directly off the boat early, they are not cleaned like those you find in the grocery store. These oysters have all the bottom mud, gunk, and slim coated on them. Here, we will go through step-by-step instructions on how to clean oysters still in the shell. But first, you need to know exactly where to buy those oysters.

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Where to buy fresh oysters?

To make such a good seafood dish, it is a must to find a qualified place to buy fresh and delicious oysters. In this article, we will not only give you some tips on finding the best oyster but also to locate where to buy good seafood, especially oysters.

Oysters are commonly seen and sold in retail shops and seafood markets. The oysters are edible, of course, but we all know that they are not very delicious, aren’t we? Here are some good places to find the fresh oyster:

  • Seafood market

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You can find fresh oyster at seafood market

The oysters should be on ice in the store. They would have a fresh coastline smell and kinda feel heavy for their size. If you see those oysters, that is the sign of good oysters.

At Fishermen’s Net, you can find the freshest seafood, including oysters. We are proud to say we will give you the best oysters with the best service. Our oysters are fresh, fresh-off the coastline smell and really natural heavy.

How to clean oysters step by step?

The process of cleaning oysters is surprisingly fast and simple. It only takes you a few minutes. Fishermen’s Net has listed for you 6 simple steps to clean an oyster.

  • Step 1:

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Place your oysters in a large colander with some ice to keep them fresh

Place your oysters in a big and large colander. It is highly recommended for you, especially the beginners, to use batches if you are cleaning a huge number of oysters. If you prepare a great amount of oysters, you can also do this with a big bucket and hose outside. It is up to you! 

  • Step 2:

Then, gently rinse the oysters with cold water. It is advised that you should rinse each of them carefully, just like what you would do with other types of fresh seafood. 

Note: DO NOT RINSE YOUR OYSTERS WITH HOT WATER. Oysters are raw seafood, it is advised that seafood should be handled with cold water for food safety. If possible, keep the oysters on crushed ice or small ice cubes when washing them.

  • Step 3:

If it is possible, please keep all the oysters in a large pan and cover them with crushed ice/ small ice cubes when washing them. The ice will not only keep the oysters cold, but it also helps you to rub off the dirt on the oysters more easily. 

  • Step 4:

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Use a scrub to clean your oysters. Clean them carefully

Next, if the oyster shells have lots of gunks and grims, just use a scrub brush, or maybe a toothbrush if you don’t have any scrub brush at home to remove excess mud. 

  • Step 5:

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Check that your oysters are open or not!

    The last step is checking each oyster for open shells before shucking or cooking. 

    Warning: If you find any oysters that have shells opened, do not cook or consume them. They might have already spoiled. 

    • Step 6:

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    Then, suck your oysters and eat them raw

    Once all the oysters are clean, you can shuck the oysters for raw eating. You can also cook them by your own ways, such as grill, steam or even boil.

    Warning: If you shuck an oyster and it is filled with mud inside, don’t hesitate to throw it away. This oyster may not be safe to eat raw.

    how to clean oysters before shucking

    If you don’t know how to shuck an oyster, go to our blog and look it up. We have already shared a few simple ways to shuck an oyster.

    Watch detail how to clean fresh oysters before cooking in this video below.


    That’s how to clean an oyster. With our sharing, Fishermen’s Net hopes you can eat oysters in such a fresh and delicious way. If this article is helpful, please share them with your friends and your family. Bon appetit to you and your loved ones.

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