How To Cook Frozen Oysters On The Half Shell, In And Without The Shell?

Today, Fishermen’s Net will recommend you how to cook frozen oysters for each case: on the half shell, with and without the shell. But first, you need to know how to thaw frozen oysters. Read below!

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How to defrost frozen oysters?


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Defrost the oysters - reduce the cooking time without ruining their flavors

To make a perfect oyster dish, you need to deforest the frozen oysters carefully. This very first step will not only reduce your preparation time but also helps create the flavor for the dish.

To defrost half shell oysters, you need to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place your oysters in the fridge on a sheet pan on a single layer 
  • Step 2: Wait for 18 hours. Do not place the oysters at room temperature or throw them in the water. 

Frozen oysters are consumable for 2 to 3 days after defrosting in the fridge.

    How to cook frozen oysters on the half shell?

    Once your oysters are well defrosted, you might be interested in how to cook frozen oysters on the half shell. Those recipes that we are sharing today are all simple to make and we promise they won’t let you down. All you need is an oven and some ingredients.

    Recommend cooking methods: Grill and Oven


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    Grilled oysters - Easy but delicious

    We highly recommend you try oven cooking method:

    Preheat to 450°F, then cook those frozen oysters up to 12 minutes over a layer of rock salt. Next, pour over the sauce on the frozen oysters before putting them in the oven. 

    Or you can try cooking your frozen oysters like this:

    Put your half shells oysters on a preheated grill (which is hot, about 160°C). Then, gently cover and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes. When the oysters’ edges are curled slightly, it’s time for you to take it out. 

    In case you can’t shuck the oysters, place them and cup side up on a hot grill. Cover your oysters with a silver baking sheet then cook for 1 minute. The oysters should be slightly open.

    How to cook frozen oysters in the shell?

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    Steamed or boiled oysters - Yummy in the tummy

    If you are a fan of shell oysters, this recipe is for you! Steamed oysters can not only bring the full flavor of the fresh oysters, but they also are very easy and worth trying.

    Steaming and Boiling

    In this sharing, we would love to share with you how to cook steamed oysters with a steaming pot:

    First, put your cleaned frozen oysters with no shells in a small steaming basket then put it into a large stockpot. 

    Then, pour water in a large stockpot until it is 2 inches below the basket. Add a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. When it is done, use a pair of chopsticks of a food clipper to bring them out.

    If you don’t have interest in cooking steamed oysters, you can boil them:

    The process is quite easy: Put all your oysters in a large pot which is filled with water, then cook them over 200°C for 4 to 5 minutes. Once the water boils, the oysters will be opened. You can add some salt into the water for flavor.

    How to cook frozen oysters without shell? 

    Cooking method that we will introduce you today: Stewing

    To stew the oysters, first, prepare the oysters liquid carefully. Drain the juice from oysters without shells in a small bowl. Set it aside and save it for later. Do not discard the oysters’ juice.

    Next, when you have prepared all your ingredients, stir in your reserved juices. Then, cook the oysters liquid for 10 minutes, when it is mostly reduced and sauce-ish. Add milk (optional) and heat to simmer and let the liquids reach a boil as this will cause your milk to curdle. 

    Then, stir in the oysters and allow them to simmer for 8 minutes until it is softened and cooked. Finally, once the oysters have started to curl, remove the oysters stew from heat.

    Or you can try the frying method. Here’s how it works: 

    First, preheat the deep fryer with 350°F. Then, put your oysters (which are covered with buttermilk and coating mixture) into the fryer. Fry in the hot oil in batches for about 2 minutes, until it is golden and crispy. Put the oysters in an oil removing sheet for cooking to remove the extra oil. Sprinkle your oysters with some salt and they are ready to be served.


    Fishermen’s Net believes that with our recommended methods, you can now how to cook frozen oysters. Oysters can be cooked in tons of methods, so be creative! We hope that with our sharing, you can try a very delicious oyster dish at home. If you are looking for a reputable place to buy fresh oysters, please contact us!

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