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Char-Grilled Oysters Recipe for your Weber Grill


Last week, I introduced you to the Weber Genesis E320 grill, rated #1 by Consumer Reports among the medium-sized gas grills they tested (June 2010).

Today, I'll share a delicious shellfish recipe for  you can prepare on any Weber grill. Here in the Puget Sound area, fresh oysters are plentiful, so this recipe by chef and author, Jamie Purviance, from Weber’s Way to Grill cookbook is for Char-grilled oysters.

You'll also find a terrific, step-by-step video tutorial for how to shuck and prepare the oysters on the Weber website.

Char-Grilled Oysters

Prep time: 30 minutes

Grilling time: 2-4 minutes


2 dozen large, fresh oysters
Lemon wedges
Tabasco® sauce
Cocktail sauce


1. Grip each oyster, flat side up, in a folded kitchen towel. Find the
small opening between the shells near the hinge and pry it open with an
oyster knife. Try not to spill the delicious juices, known as the
“oyster liqueur,” in the bottom shell. Cut the oyster meat loose from
the top shell and then loosen the oyster from the bottom shell by
running the oyster knife carefully underneath the body. Discard the
top, flatter shell, keeping the oyster and juices in the bottom, deeper

2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).

3. Spoon some of your favorite dipping sauce on top of each oyster (recipes follow).

4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the oysters, shell sides down, over direct high heat,
with the lid closed as much as possible, until the oyster juices start
to bubble and the edges curl, 2 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, carefully
remove the oysters from the grill. Serve with lemon wedges, hot sauce,
cocktail sauce, and your favorite dipping sauce.

Weber's Way to Grill Garlic-Thyme Butter

Makes: enough for 2 dozen oysters

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter
and sauté the garlic until it starts to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the
vinegar and wine and simmer until the sauce reduces by half, about 2
minutes. Remove from the heat, whisk in the remaining butter, and stir
in the thyme and salt.

Grapefruit-Basil Aioli

Makes: enough for 2 dozen oysters

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated grapefruit zest
2 teaspoons fresh grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1. In a small bowl combine the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Asian Butter Sauce

Makes: enough for 2 dozen oysters

1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small chunks

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, combine the oil and ginger and
heat until the oil begins to foam. Remove from the heat; stir in the
oyster sauce, soy sauce, and mustard. Whisk in the butter a few chunks
at a time until completely incorporated.

Gorgonzola-Tomato Sauce

Makes: enough for 2 dozen oysters

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup vegetable juice
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the
shallot and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable juice,
horseradish, and salt. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then remove it
from the heat. After you’ve added the sauce to the oysters, sprinkle
the cheese on top, and then grill.

Serves: 4 to 6