North Carolina Sea Grant
Mariner's Menu

Mariner's Menu

October 10, 2011 | Joyce Taylor

how to select, handle, clean and store seafood

Learn three different methods for opening oysters.

Opening Oysters

Oyster shells are especially sharp. Be sure to wear gloves.

Method 1

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Chip off thin lip of oyster until there is a small opening.

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Insert oyster knife and cut muscle from top and bottom shells. Twist knife and pop oyster open.

Method 2

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Work oyster knife into front of oyster, opposite the hinge.

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Insert knife and cut muscle from top and bottom shell. Twist knife and pop oyster open.

Method 3

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Insert oyster knife at hinge and twist to pop open.

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Insert knife at front and cut muscle from top and bottom shell.

Serving

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In all three methods, the oyster is ready to cook or serve on the half-shell.

From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas 

Contributed by Joyce Taylor

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