4 Unconventional Oyster Recipes For The Grill

We all know there’s no such thing as oyster burnout, but it’s never a bad idea to find new and interesting ways to prepare them. Try one of these unique recipes the next time you order a batch!

Spicy Barbecued Oysters

This delicious recipe from EatingWell will give your oysters a kick and is a great way to introduce oyster newcomers to the food.


  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 5 tbsp. mild chili sauce or ketchup
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 24 Whitestone Oysters


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan, add garlic and cook until it softens. Remove from heat and add chili sauce or ketchup, lemon juice and hot sauce.
  3. Place oysters flat-side up on the grill. Cook until the shells open, roughly 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
  4. Use an oyster knife to remove the top shell. Spoon about 1 tsp. of the sauce onto each oyster. Return them to the grill for 2-4 more minutes.

Grilled Oysters With Spicy Tarragon Butter

This recipe from Food & Wine is a grill-based take on a classic recipe. Oysters and butter are a match made in heaven. Add some smokiness from the grill and spicy heat to take them to the next level.


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. chopped tarragon
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 3 dozen Whitestone Oysters


  1. Mix butter, tarragon, hot sauce, salt and pepper in food processor until blended. Transfer to a sheet of plastic wrap, roll into a 2 inch thick log. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Slice into 36 pats.
  2. Grill oysters medium-high until the shells open. Quickly remove the top shells and top each oyster with a pat of butter.
  3. Serve immediately.

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Bourbon Butter

Like oysters, bourbons all have slightly different flavor profiles based on how they’re produced. Try different bourbons with this recipe from Feed Me Phoebe to experience a different range of flavors.


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons, softened to room temp
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
  • 12 oysters, shucked


  1. In a small food processor or mixing bowl, combine the butter, bourbon, honey, garlic, and chipotle. Stir or pulse until well-mixed.
  2. When ready to BBQ, fire up your grill or broiler. Remove the butter from the fridge, and place a scant tablespoon on each shucked oyster.
  3. Place the oysters on the grill.
  4. Once the oysters and butter have bubbled and caramelized, remove them from the grill or broiler, about 3 minutes.
  5. Serve

Char-Grilled Oysters

The charred flavor a grill imparts is hard to replicate anywhere else. This tasty recipe from the Food Network will give your oysters a perfect char-grilled look and taste without overpowering their flavors.


  • Cheese Topping
    • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tbsp. granulated garlic
    • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
    • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
  • Garlic Butter
    • 1 stick unsalted butter
    • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
    • ½ cup hot sauce
    • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
    • ¼ cup chopped garlic
    • 2 tbsp. granulated garlic
    • 24 Whitestone Oysters
    • 1 loaf Italian bread sliced and charred on the grill


  1. Mix Parmesan, mozzarella, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and parsley in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place butter, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire, chopped garlic, granulated garlic and ½ cup water into a small post on the stove and stir until mixed.
  3. Top each oyster with a liberal amount of cheese mixture after shucking.
  4. Place on grill and cook for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  5. Plate the oysters with bread and ladle on butter mixture.




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