Classic Oysters


Delicious, classic oysters with a shallot vinaigrette, and an old-school dash of verjuice. A wonderfully fresh starter, this celebratory dish is a tradition during the festive season, especially in France.

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Classic oysters

Savour the timeless allure of classic oysters with our exquisite selection. Known for their unrivalled freshness and briny goodness, these delectable gems from the sea are a true delight for seafood connoisseurs.

Served raw on the half shell, each succulent bite promises a burst of oceanic flavours, perfectly complemented by a dash of red wine vinegar.

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Published at 2023-07-21, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 20 minutes.

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Updated at: 21-08-2023

20 minutes 2 people Starters
Classic oysters


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  • 12 fresh oysters
  • 1 shallot
  • dash of verjuice
  • half a lemon
  • dash of red wine vinegar
  • white pepper to taste
  • crushed ice
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  • chopping board & chef’s knife
  • small bowl
  • oyster knife
  • tea towel
  • large plate

Classic Oysters

20 minutes 2 people Starters

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Preparation – 15 minutes

Peel the shallot and chop it as finely as possible. Mix the shallot with a dash of verjuice, the juice of half a lemon and a dash of red wine vinegar. Season with a little pepper.

Open the oysters; the best way to do this is to lay the oyster flat side up in a tea towel. Take an oyster knife and place it between the two sides of the shell and pry a few times from top to bottom until the flat side of the oyster comes loose.

Cut the oyster loose from the attachment of the bottom shell.

Make sure that the oysters are loose, you can check this by turning the oyster in the shell.

Classic oysters
Classic oysters

Finishing the classic oysters – 5 minutes

Cover a large plate with crushed ice and place the bowl with shallot vinaigrette in the centre. Place the opened oysters around it, add some lemon wedges and serve immediately.

Spoon some of the shallot vinaigrette over an oyster and slurp from the shell. Enjoy!

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Classic Oysters: frequently asked questions

What is verjuice?

Verjuice is grape juice made from unripe grapes. Literally it is "vert jus", green juice in French. It gives it a fresh-sour taste.

Can I replace the verjuice?

You can replace verjuice with vinegar or lemon juice. 

How many oysters should I allow per person?

As a starter, we usually serve 6 - 7 oysters per person.

How far in advance can you open oysters?

After opening an oyster, it is best to serve it immediately. The fresher the better. You can eat them a few hours later, but storing them any longer is not recommended.