These Grilled Oysters Recipe are cooked up with ease on the KitchenAid Smart Oven+ with Powered Attachments, using the grill attachment and cooked in a tasty Beer herb Butter.
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Living in Chicago and craving delicious grilled food during those long, winter months are literal misery in my life. There is nothing like looking out the back window dreaming about grilling up ribeyes and being cut down to size when you can’t even see your grill because it’s buried in snow.
If you are anything like me, it’s time to put on your happy pants because the new KitchenAid Smart Oven+ comes with a grill attachment that is going to make you think you’re in peak summer season with endless delicious BBQ capabilities, even during a polar vortex.
There are usually several different types of oysters for sale at your local fish market or grocery store and the biggest thing to look for is that regardless of which type of oyster you pick, that every oyster is completely closed shut and on ice.
Oysters love to sit on ice and it definitely helps preserve their freshness, so up until the second you shuck them, keep’ em on ice. When I say keep them on ice, you are going to need to refresh the ice a few times per day, because you don’t want to let the oysters get submerged in ice water. The easiest way to do this is to place the oysters in a perforated pan with a drip pan underneath and cover them in ice.
It’s also important when you’re ready to make the oysters to make sure that the oysters don’t have a fish scent whether they’re open or shucked.
If you’re looking for a big meaty oyster, my suggestion is to use a Blue Point Oyster. Blue Point oysters come from New York and you can occasionally catch them on sale, which when it comes to oysters is huge because boy oh boy it can get pricey.
When it comes to shucking oysters, please only use an oyster shucker and be sure to hold the oyster in a kitchen towel. If for some reason this whole thing terrifies you, and yes even I’ve been a little nervous shucking oysters and I’ve easily shucked 50,000 in my life, then use your oyster shucker and a hammer, and hammer it into the oyster. This will keep you safer and give you a little peace of mind.
But, before you even shuck, you need to make the butter!
If you love beer and oysters, then I’m going to speak your love language because the beer butter that goes onto the oyster while it grills on the KitchenAid Smart Oven+ is money!
Most herb butters that I make use cooked ingredients because I usually finish off steaks, veggies or pastas with the butter and there’s nothing worse than biting into a raw shallot or chunk of garlic. Since these grilled oysters are cooked in the herb butter, creating this butter doesn’t require any pre-cooking.
You make this beer butter by adding softened unsalted butter to a KitchenAid Stand Mixer with the paddle attachment and whip it on high for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it is light and fluffy.
From there, you simply add in your ingredients. I’m going to use a pilsner beer because I think pilsners or even hefeweizen’s go great with oysters. In addition to the beer, I hit it with some shallots, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, tarragon, red pepper flakes and sea salt.
When using an herb butter, I usually say make sure it is dang flavorful because it needs to help season whatever it is you are adding it to. However, oysters are naturally salty so no need to go overboard with salt in the beer butter.
The reason grilling oysters is so great is you get that direct heat right from under the shell and it cooks perfectly, as well as lightly caramelizes the bottom of the oyster, helping release its natural sugars.
Simply place the Grill Attachment over the base pan and heating element on the bottom of the KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and push it to plug it into the hub in the back. Turn your oven to ‘Grill’ and set to medium heat. Oysters cook fast and you want to make sure they have enough time to infuse that delicious flavor from the beer butter.
Once the grill is hot, add the oysters to the grill and put a dollop of beer butter right on top. Close the oven grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the oysters are cooked and the butter is visibly bubbling and lightly browned.
Once the oysters finish cooking, you want to immediately serve them to your guests, or if you’re lucky, eat them all by yourself. I like to serve up the oysters on some salt because it looks awesome and the salt helps to hold the oyster in place, so it doesn’t tip over and pour out.
My friends, you can now make these oysters and your other favorite grilled foods all year round at a cozy internal house temperature thanks to the KitchenAid Smart Oven+! You’re welcome :).
Grilled Oysters Recipe with Beer Butter
- 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
- 2 ounces of pilsner beer
- 1 peeled and small diced shallot
- 4 finely minced cloves of garlic
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of finely minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon of finely minced fresh tarragon
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 24 shucked blue point or your favorite oysters on the half shell
- sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Place the grill attachment into the KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and plug it in and heat to medium heat.
- Butter: Add the butter to a KitchenAid stand mixer with the paddle attachment and whip on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Next add in the beer, shallots, garlic, lemon, parsley, tarragon, pepper flakes, salt and pepper and mix on low until combined. Set aside.
- Once hot add the oysters on the half shell directly to the grill and add about 2 teaspoons of butter right to the top of each oyster.
- Close the oven and grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until the oyster is cooked and the butter is bubbling and lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and serve on a platter.