Oysters Three Ways

Oysters Three Ways is our go-to for a quick 5 minute party starter – Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done, and just in time for Christmas!

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Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s three days til Christmas already…🎄 But it’s actually perfect timing, since today we’re sharing our Oysters Three Ways!

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my parents have celebrated Christmas with a seafood and sparkling wine brunch, which is just what you need before a massive roast feast.

(P.S. If you’re looking for Christmas deliciousness, check out our list of Edible Christmas Presents!)

Alongside Wanderdad’s beloved king prawns mum would serve up her piece de resistance – smoky Oysters Kilpatrick straight from the oven. The smell of that heady mix of Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and bacon always evokes those special mornings; torn wrapping paper strewn around the room, laugher and cheers and fun.

Since then our wandering adventures have led us experiment with the humble oyster, so today without further ado, let us present three of our favourite oyster recipes from our trip!

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Oysters Kilpatrick

This is a classic Australian recipe for preparing oysters. Head to almost any restaurant or pub that serves oysters and you’re guaranteed to see Kilpatrick on the menu.

Kilpatrick is pretty much the only way I used to eat oysters – and that’s probably because with all the bacony/bbq’y/smoky goodness going on in this mix you really can’t taste the oysters themselves at all. If you’re not yet a fan of natural oysters, or even oysters at all, I can guarantee you will LOVE Oysters Kilpatrick!

So often as a kid I remember pinching mum and dad’s Oysters Kilpatrick and just eating the bacon and sauce straight off the top, leaving the oysters behind for mum and dad to eat.

There are many variations to the recipe for Oysters Kilpatrick, and today we’re adding a new Wandercooks creation to the mix. The biggest difference? We’ve added one of our favourite quirky ingredients to the mix: Liquid Smoke.

I’ll admit – as I watched Sarah add drop after drop of liquid smoke I thought it would be way too intense – but you’d be surprised at how subtle the liquid smoke is compared to how it smells straight from the bottle.

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Soy & Ginger

Neither of us were big fans of fresh/natural oysters – until this simple soy and ginger combo entered our lives, that is. These classic Asian ingredients blend perfectly to give a huge dose of flavour to the oysters without being overpowering.

Using freshly minced or sliced ginger will give you a more intense flavour than store-bought minced ginger, but either way will work fine. Be sure to give it a taste and adjust the flavours accordingly.

Oysters Three Ways - These are our go to 5 minute party starters - Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done. | wandercooks.com

Ponzu & Lemon Thyme

Ponzu is an amazing little Japanese ingredient. It’s basically soy sauce with a citrus zing and a little dashi stock for flavour. You can buy bottled ponzu online or from Asian groceries (and even some bigger supermarket chains) or easily make it at home yourself. On top of oysters it is divine! Citrus, of course, goes hand in hand with seafood like natural oysters, but the added flavour from soy and dashi gives an umami zing you’ll quickly become addicted to.

The lemon thyme was a nice surprise – we found it in our new home’s herb garden and it brings such a deliciously soft, fragrant note to the flavour.

P.S. from Sarah: How awesome that we actually have a herb garden at our new place! We’re talking oregano, mint, thyme, lemon thyme, chives and basil. So many wins and fresh produce to kick up our meals. 😀

Oysters Three Ways - These are our go to 5 minute party starters - Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done. | wandercooks.com

Oysters Three Ways

Oysters Three Ways are the perfect little celebration for Christmas or just any day you want a splash of decadence. They’re quick and easy to prepare, and super delish!

The only part that really takes time/patience is waiting for the Oysters Kilpatrick to cook. Because once those aromas start filling the kitchen, tummies will start grumbling.

Do you love oysters? What’s your favourite way to eat them? Do you love natural oysters with a splash of lemon, love to mix and match with crazy combinations like us, or is Kilpatrick still the only way to go?

If you love oysters as much as us, we know you’ll love these incredibly easy Vietnamese Grilled Scallops. Or try something completely different with our Flaming Charcoal Fish or Lao Steamed Fish.

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Oysters Three Ways is our go-to for a quick 5 minute party starter - Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done, and just in time for Christmas!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Wandercooks Creations
Serves: 18 Oysters
Ingredients
Oysters Kilpatrick
Soy & Ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • Ponzu & Lemon Thyme
  • 1 tbsp ponzu
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped (optional garnish)
Instructions
For the Kilpatrick
  1. First up: Preheat your oven to 200˚ Celsius. Pop the bacon or shredded ham in a small frypan and sauté in its own fat until cooked through and crispy. (You can add a dash of oil if needed to give it more colour). Meanwhile, mix the liquid ingredients in a small bowl. Top your oysters with bacon and and drizzle with lashings of sauce. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until sauce has started to caramelise and oysters are cooked.
  2. Serve hot, but be careful not to burn your fingers or your tongue!
For the Soy & Ginger
  1. Mix the soy and ginger together, then drizzle over fresh oysters. No cooking required, so get stuck in!
For the Ponzu & Lemon Thyme
  1. Pour ponzu sauce over fresh oysters, then garnish with lemon thyme and chives if you're using them. Simple, fresh and delicious!

 

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14 Comments

  1. Wow, gorgeous photos! I’ve never made oysters, but this makes me want to try. The soy and ginger especially sounds good.
    -Rachel
    http://www.feedingdaniel.com

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:52 am

      Aww thanks Rachel, so nice to hear from you. Enjoy the soy and ginger, it’s super light and refreshing and adds a great flavour kick to the humble oyster!

  2. I personally don’t like oysters but my spouse is a huge fan. We haven’t tried prepping them at home though, the idea always sounded so hard. But your recipes look easy enough! I know the perfect person to show this to 🙂

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:45 am

      It’s super simple Jolina, especially if you can buy already shucked oysters! Just top with your favourite blends, and either eat straight away or bake if needed. Ta-da!

  3. What gorgeous photography! I love Ponzu so I am very excited to try that variation!

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:44 am

      Yes! A fellow ponzu fan! Glad you love it as much as us. Enjoy your ponzu oysters, let us know how you go. 🙂

  4. I’m not an oyster fan but my husband and father are. Going to have to show this one to the hubster and see what he thinks. He’ll go gaga over these three recipes!

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:43 am

      Haha that’s great J – and you should try them too. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite? Definitely start with the Kilpatrick – there are so many delicious flavours going on in there to fall in love with. 🙂

  5. This recipe is perfect for my hubby who loves oysters!! I have never made them but you make it soo easy and pretty!

  6. I would love to celebrate Christmas with oysters but unfortunately my parents wouldn’t approve that :)) We have other traditions 🙂 Love all your ways of preparing oysters, especially the one with soy and ginger. Bookmarking for the future!

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Igor, hope you get to enjoy them when you can. We’d love to hear more about your family traditions too! What do you and your family share for a Christmas meal?

  7. Hi, there! First of all Merry Christmas! Hubby and I are oyster lovers. We do eat them raw quite a bit and for a special occasion, we make Oysters Rockefeller with our own twist. I really like your twist on the flavors. We have liquid smoke in our kitchen cabinet and some of the other ingredients we’ll have to search. Can’t wait to make a platter of all three. Thank you!! so glad you have your own herbs. I miss them in the winter time. It’s great just walking outside the kitchen door and grabbing what you need. Your photos are great 🙂

    • Wandercooks

      05/01/2017 at 11:56 am

      Merry Christmas Marisa! Hope you’ve had a wonderful break over the holidays. We’ve never (yet!) experimented with Oysters Rockefeller so definitely adding that to the must-try list. So glad to find another fan of liquid smoke – it’s such a quirky, almost-secret ingredient and we love sharing it with friends. Enjoy your platter and hope to hear from you soon! 🙂

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