Oysters on the Half Shell served with Sweet Chilli and Lemon

Oysters on the Half Shell served with Sweet Chilli and Lemon

I know not a lot of people love raw oysters and that includes me so why I am doing this post? Well this is a good aphrodisiac and good to serve during this Valentines season, remember Casanova ate more than 50 raw oysters a day to boost his libido.  But seriously speaking I never tried raw oysters, I just can’t imagine the taste and the texture but that’s got to change and was convinced to try some as they said oysters in New Zealand are one of the best due to the fact that we have cleaner ocean waters than other countries which means it is also safe to consume raw compared to other places so why not give it a shot so I know what I am missing. I tried a lot of oysters before but never raw, so after buying them fresh off the market (see it’s still served on the packaging it came from) and a little bit of preparation its chow time. After finishing them together with my other half all I can say is that is it not as bad as what I expected, I think the lemon and sweet chilli give a good taste to the soft flesh.

There are more than 50 kinds of edible oysters and one of the best ones can be found here in New Zealand and it’s called bluff oysters. Oysters is a very nutritious food item as it contains a lot of minerals like zinc, calcium, iron, selenium, Vitamin A and B12; it is also low in energy which only contains 37kJ per raw oyster. They said oysters are the best and healthiest when eaten raw, oysters also must be consumed alive or cooked alive to be safe and enjoy its best flavour. So for the newbies teh trick to know whether an oyster is still alive is that it should be capable of tightly closing its shell. The oysters when open should be tapped on the shell and should close up, those unresponsive ones should be discarded as they are already dead. To open an oyster requires a very good skill in doing so otherwise you might get injured, a special knife and a thick gloves should always be used, so just trust you local fishmonger or market vendor to do this.

Anyways, before heading to our recipe again I had joined a blog hop at Recipe Lion, my entry was the Mixed Berries Cheesecake I posted yesterday, for those who already had voted for me Thanks a lot! and for those who haven’t please do so here -> http://www.recipelionblog.com/february-blog-hop-favorite-dessert-recipes-and-giveaway/ it is the 25th item on the list.


Fresh raw oysters
Thai sweet chilli sauce
Lemon wedges


  1. Open packaging of fresh oysters you can serve it directly from there or on a bed of ice.
  2. Pour 1 tsp of sweet chilli sauce on each oyster.
  3. Serve with lemon wedges.


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  1. Beautiful! Now all you have to do is run them under the broiler for a few minutes :)

  2. I love oysters and a few years back, I was able to buy them directly from a farmer down the road from where I live at very reasonable prices.
    :-) Mandy

  3. I am not one of those who cannot digest oysters, I can eat 6 on my own though I prefer the raw ones with lemon juice and Tabasco sauce over. Your post has given me another way of enjoying the oysters, that is Thai chilly sauce.

    Oysters are pretty expensive over here, so its a once a while treat for me and mostly in restaurants.

  4. Jay says:

    looks great…cant wait to taste right now..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  5. Judy says:

    I voted! Hope you win it, the cheesecake recipe looked amazing.

  6. PolaM says:

    Love oysters. The simpler the better. And this are simple enough to be great!

  7. nors says:

    Bradpit, paborito ng asawa ko yan

  8. I am not a huge oyster person but they definitely look amazing. I might have to learn to be a oyster person LOL

  9. I haven’t really developed a fondness for oysters. I prefer eating something baked or cooked, like clams and mussels. haha but this looks fancy! :D

  10. Kristy says:

    I just had some Thai sweet chili sauce on shrimp last week – it was awesome! I have no doubt it would be fantastic with oysters too. Delicious!!!

  11. meri says:

    I have always been afraid of/ icked out by raw oysters too. I only started eating any seafood at all a few years ago, so its baby steps!

  12. I adore pysters and we can often get them here at a good price. Next time I see them I´ll do them like this!

  13. Oysters, not pysters of course!

  14. This post has made me really crave oysters. Might have to find some this weekend. I miss living in Sydney where you can go to the Sydney Fish Markets and pick up a dozen Sydney Rock Oysters freshly shucked. YUM.

  15. never had raw oysters. I am not that adventurous unfortunately… thai sweet chili sauce? hmm, i got to try that.

  16. Voted! Your cake is stunning in there. ;-)

    Normally people get excited with oyster…but this is the only food (I think) that I can’t eat, or I don’t want to eat…. I haven’t changed since when I was kid. I still can’t eat it… “looks” delicious though. My husband’s record was 24 oysters. Isn’t that scary?

  17. I love oysetrs but I never think of them as “raw” – it’s just a little turnoffish. Having said that you have picked the perfect dressing for your first time! Delish!

  18. Anita Triana says:

    Thank you I love it, really a delicious food

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