For those that are new to oysters, or simply don’t want to deal with shucking them, jarred oysters are the perfect option. Wandering Waders Premium Jarred Oysters come out of the container ready to eat for example, but are best when prepared as part of a cooked dish. Cooking jarred oysters is a great way to use a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
Oysters are often jarred in their own juices or “liquor”. While some companies recommend that you rinse your oysters before cooking with them, we think it’s better to keep them in their own liquor. The oyster’s liquor holds the salty flavor of the water they were grown in and can enhance their overall flavor when cooking. Try using it in your recipe as you’re cooking the oysters.
So, how do you cook jarred oysters? One of the best ways is to fry them. This recipe we created with Chef Tim Bereika is a great example of how to cook jarred oysters.
You can also try using jarred oysters to make oyster chowder or oyster stew. Here’s one of our favorite oyster stew recipes from a previous blog. It uses Wandering Waders Premium Jarred Oysters and their liquor.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup minced celery
- 3 TBSP minced shallots
- 1 qt. half & half
- 1 jar Wandering Waders Jarred Oysters
- Salt & pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Melt the butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add celery and shallots.
- Cook until tender. Add to a pot if not using a Dutch oven.
- Add half & half.
- Stir continuously until boiling.
- Add Wandering Waders Jarred Oysters (undrained).
- Add in seasonings to taste.
- Cook until oysters curl and serve.
There are dozens of other ways to enjoy jarred oysters and learning to cook jarred oysters is actually pretty easy.
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