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Canned Whole Oysters, Smoked. How do you eat them?

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Created October 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Any idea how to prepare canned oysters? Could I just heat them and top with coconut oil?

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on December 29, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Dan, substitute coconut cream for the cream and coconut oil for the butter. Yum!

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Holy &$^#(!! They are REALLY GOOD for you!!! http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4192/2 and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1486054/Raw-oysters-really-are-aphrodisiacs-say-scientists-and-now-is-the-time-to-eat-them.html

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on December 29, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Just cuz it's not a health food doesn't mean it's bad for you.

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on December 29, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Sounds delicious, but I, like many here, eat paleo.

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on November 09, 2011
at 09:23 PM

In fact, if you make a full on soup with oysters, broth, white wine, cream, and some vegetables, you can serve it over a piece of whitefish to make a classic east coast dish.

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:44 PM

THAT sounds SO SO good!! I'm gonna try this.

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on October 21, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Straight out of the can with a dash of salt and pepper.

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Thanks for the last minute tip!! I would have added them way too soon!

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:51 PM

The only accompaniment I add is a tooth pick, instant hors d'oeuvres.

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on October 20, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I buy the TJ ones too. Love them! Tjs is the only place I can find them in olive oil.

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on October 20, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I love the taste of those and they're pretty cheap at TJs.

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Or into an omelet they're a hangtown fry... Canned oysters can't stand the heat the way fresh ones do. Minimal simmering is about all they'll stand.

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:17 PM

The smoked ones, that is!

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:21 PM

If you are into heavy cream - I made the most delicious oyster stew w/ mirepoix (onions/celery/carrots) sauteed in butter, thyme, and said oysters and cream. I think it was from a Chez Panisse cookbook but it was really easy. You could just wing it. Perfect for a fall day...

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:44 PM

THAT sounds SO SO good!! I'm gonna try this.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 29, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Sounds delicious, but I, like many here, eat paleo.

141171c0810650168d82601d85cfa5a3

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on December 29, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Dan, substitute coconut cream for the cream and coconut oil for the butter. Yum!

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:12 PM

be careful heating them up - twice cooked oysters could turn into something similar to one of those super bouncy balls. umm.. oyster stew, chowder, seafood bisque and you can add at the last minute. serve as an hors d'oeuvre. top a salad. oh! you can do a scramble! with fresh herbs, again just add them towards the end so they don't extra killed by the heat. that would be tasty.

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Or into an omelet they're a hangtown fry... Canned oysters can't stand the heat the way fresh ones do. Minimal simmering is about all they'll stand.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Thanks for the last minute tip!! I would have added them way too soon!

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:21 PM

I get the ones smoked in olive oil from Trader Joe's. You can toss them on a salad as is, or sometimes I'll just warm them through in a sauce - red sauce, pesto, coconut oil, whatever. No need to really "cook" them as jesuisjuba says.

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on October 20, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I buy the TJ ones too. Love them! Tjs is the only place I can find them in olive oil.

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(39821)

on October 20, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I love the taste of those and they're pretty cheap at TJs.

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on November 09, 2011
at 09:23 PM

Let's not forget how good they (and clams) taste in a tomato-based sauce! Buy a spaghetti squash and go for it!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I eat them right out of the can, yum!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2011
at 06:17 PM

The smoked ones, that is!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:51 PM

The only accompaniment I add is a tooth pick, instant hors d'oeuvres.

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on December 09, 2011
at 07:06 PM

I eat canned oysters (not smoked) in any number of ways. One of my favorites is a crustless quiche:

1) Fry some sliced mushrooms in coconut oil with ample curry powder. When the mushrooms are almost done, add a can or two of oysters and fry quickly for no more than a couple of minutes. Pour in a few tablespoons of coconut milk and stir.

2) Oil a 9 inch glass pie pan and spread the oyster-mushroom goop out across the bottom.

3) Layer with grated cheese (optional). I use something without much bite, like Jarlsberg.

4) Take about 1 and 1/2 cups of "white liquid." (I use a mix of heavy cream and coconut milk, but milk, heavy cream, or coconut milk in any proportions will work.) Add four eggs, a teaspoon of mustard, perhaps some cayenne, parsley...whatever seems good. Toss briefly into blender and whirr. Pour over the solid ingredients in pie pan.

5) Put in oven preheated to 375 F and bake. Start checking at 30 minutes by poking a butter knife in. When the knife comes out "clean" (sweaty, but not carrying any of the quiche), remove from oven and set on stovetop. It will continue cooking under its own heat and firm up even more.

The baking time varies with moisture content, so it might be 45 minutes, might be more than an hour. Don't get nervous--this is pretty hard to screw up.

Tastes even better if you let it sit longer and the refrigerate overnight. And, of course, if you have enough pie pans, you can make several quiches at once with different ingredients.

Another option for unsmoked oysters is a Hangtown Fry--just skip the breading.

Smoked oysters are great, but make sure that you don't really cook them. I add them to things at the last possible minute. (Good for omelets, or as a topping for "pizza" based on cauliflower dough. If you haven't tried cauliflower-dough pizza, visit http://blog.yourlighterside.com/2009/05/low-carb-pizza-dough-cauliflower.html ).

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I've been known to throw them into my bone broth - totally passable with the right spices.

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on November 09, 2011
at 09:23 PM

In fact, if you make a full on soup with oysters, broth, white wine, cream, and some vegetables, you can serve it over a piece of whitefish to make a classic east coast dish.

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Such an underrated, AMAZINGLY tasty food!

Be careful though, and don't get the ones with cottonseed oil.

I eat them straight out of the can with a little horseradish, or hot sauce, salt and pepper. Ii'm definitely going to try that stew Jessica G mentioned, though! It sounds incredible!

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Make Oysters Kilpatric with canned oysters. Cut up bacon into small strips and fry till crispy. Mix together 2tsp tomato sauce, 2 tsp oyster sauce and 1 tsp worchestershire sauce. Drain oil from oysters (leave in can), put bacon on oysters and pour the sauce over the top. Enjoy....Yummmmm.

PS- also good with a dash of hot sauce in the sauce mixture. :)

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on December 29, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I just throw them into my lunch salad occasionally. They're absolutely delicious as is.

However, the ones I get come in very crappy cottonseed oil, so what I do is wrap them in two layers of paper towels and squeeze gently to get the oil out. Some will remain, but it's a much smaller n6 PUFA load than otherwise, plus I usually have guacamole, or EVOO in the salad, so it offsets any damage.

If it all possible try to get live ones, and steam/shuck them yourself. Much better than canned, but expensive and a lot of work, though totally worth it. Ditto mussels.

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:06 AM

On rice crackers with hot sauce.

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on December 28, 2012
at 10:23 PM

A friend of mine ate them out of the can on Zesty Dorritos. Not paleo, but he loved them. I never tried them like that. You could sub pork rinds for Dorritos, but I just cant get behind pork rinds as a health food.

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on December 28, 2012
at 10:17 PM

A friend of mine ate them out of the can on Zesty Dorritos. Not paleo, but he loved them. I never tried them like that. You could sub pork rinds for Dorritos, but I just cant get behind pork rinds as a health food.

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on December 29, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Just cuz it's not a health food doesn't mean it's bad for you.

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on December 28, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Easy oyster florentine. Frozen spinach+Alfredo sauce+parmesan +can oysters.

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