It’s oyster season at Razzoo’s, which means we hear a lot of questions about oysters. One of the most common ones: how do I shuck an oyster?
Read on to find out the fastest – and easiest! – way to shuck oysters. The faster you eat – the more you get!
The Old Fashioned Way to Shuck an Oyster
When looking at a sealed oyster, many people will attempt to pry open the oyster along the backside, where the shell comes to a point. How do they do this? By repeatedly jabbing a knife into the oyster until it splits open. Sounds like a good idea, but when it comes down to it, it’s 1) not very graceful and 2) a great way to end up with shards of shell in your oysters or mutilated oyster meat.
Fastest Way to Shuck an Oyster
Okay, are you ready for it? It’s actually pretty simple. First off, locate the wide part of the oyster, which is the front. Now, instead of jabbing your knife in repeatedly, slide the paring knife in between the shells - just to the right of the center front works well – then gently twist to separate. As you begin to pry the shells apart, be sure to sever the abductor on the top of the oyster. Once you cut it loose, your shells should slide open seamlessly, and all you need to do now is sever the bottom abductor by gently sliding your paring knife along the bottom side of the oyster. Flip it and reveal the beautiful, smooth oyster meat. Lastly, drizzle with lemon juice or Tabasco and slurp it down!
Razzoo’s Serves Raw, Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell!
Not sure you want to worry yourself with the dirty work of prying oysters open? Come on in to Razzoo’s in Texas or North Carolina, where we have delicious, fresh oysters on the half shell ready and waiting! Order our signature Cajun raw oysters or you can get them boiled with garlic butter and Parmesan.