Steaming Oysters

56756Fresh oysters are not every person’s cup of tea. With its slippery and slimy flesh and strong scent, it’s not a surprise if you grew up revolted at the thought of oysters as a food delicacy. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy seafood cooked as well, and one of the most popular methods is to steam them.

But first, you need to prepare your oysters

To prepare oysters, scrub down the outside of the shells with a scrub brush and cold water to remove all the dirt. You may need gloves for this process, as oyster shells can be quite sharp – particularly around the edges. Discard any oysters with open or cracked shells, as they may be compromised produce.

But most importantly, don’t do your pre-cooking preparations too many hours in advance. The preparation procedure can kill them and leave you with less-than-fresh produce when time to steam them arrives. Also, keep the process chemical-free, as substances such as chlorine and poisons can leave your oysters tasting pale and stale as well.

Preparing the steaming liquid

Ensure that there is approximately a water level of 5 centimeters in your steaming pot. Or if you are steaming oysters on a roasting dish in a grill, make sure it is filled with a little bit of water.

Adding in flavours and aromas

According to your taste, you can add elements to create interesting tastes and aromas for you oysters. Examples include beer, wine, ginger and onion sauce, or pepper and salt. Flavouring components should be added to the steaming liquid.

Cooking the oysters

Place the oysters inside the steaming pot or roasting dish once the steaming liquid starts to boil. The oysters should be cooked after 5 to 10 minutes of steaming but make sure the oysters’ shells have opened. Discard any oysters that fail to open during the cooking process.

Open and enjoy!

Utilizing the little opening of its shell, carefully pry open the oyster’s shell with a spoon or knife. You can add extra seasoning or sauces to the meat if you wish or gulp down the meat as it is – it should already be seasoned during the steaming process anyway.