Episode 307: Sustainable Seafood

Grilled Oysters with Prosciutto and Parmigiano

Grilled Oysters with Prosciutto and Parmigiano

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Grilled Oysters with Prosciutto and Parmigiano

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 18 oysters, enough to serve 2 to 4
  • Method: Direct grilling


For the topping:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into matchsticks
  • 3 scallions, trimmed, white parts minced, green parts thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • The freshly grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 18 oysters in the shell

  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) freshly and finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1 baguette, cut into 6 inch thick pieces (on a diagonal)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) melted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

  • Grilled bread fingers, for serving (optional; see below)

Recipe Steps

1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to medium-high (400 degrees).

2: Make the topping: Melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the prosciutto and scallion whites and saute until browned and crisp, 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then stir in the lemon zest.

3: Shuck the oysters, sliding the knife under each bivalve to loosen it from the bottom shell. Discard the top shell. Arrange the oysters in a shellfish rack so you don’t lose the juices. (Alternatively, balance the shells between the bars of the grill grate.) Place a spoonful of the prosciutto-butter mixture in each oyster. Top with a pinch of scallion greens and a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

4: Add the wood to the coals, if using. Place the oysters on their rack on the grill grate. Grill until the oysters are barely cooked and the juices are bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

For the bread:: Cut the bread into 1 by 1 by 6 inch strips. Direct grill until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

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