Fresh plump oysters get a savory topping of buttery sourdough breadcrumbs before being roasted (or barbecued) to perfection.
While this recipe may seem complex it’s really very simple. Shucking the oysters is probably the most difficult part!
The buttery sourdough breadcrumbs are mixed with other savory ingredients like Parmesan cheese, shallots, garlic, and fresh parsley. This easy breadcrumb mixture can be made ahead of time and reserved for topping the oysters just before baking.
I have even taken this recipe on the road! We picked up a bag of fresh oysters, transported them to a nearby bayside park, shucked them on the spot, topped them with the prepared breadcrumb mixture, and roasted them fresh over our little hibachi charcoal grill.
Sourcing Fresh Oysters
This is a recipe I started making in San Francisco when we were within driving distance of Point Reyes. This peninsula along the California coast creates Tomales Bay, an area famous for its delicious farmed oysters. Driving up the inland side of Tomales Bay you can stop along the waterfront and pick up bags of freshly harvested oysters straight from the water.
Now I have access to other delicious oysters straight from the brackish bays of the Oregon coast. Taking a drive out to the coastal region, stopping at a little oyster shack, and picking out 5 or 10 pounds of fresh oysters is a delightful experience. Use the Oyster Guide map to find North American oyster farms to visit near you. Shipping options are also available.
It’s kinda like riding a bike, once you know how you’ll never forget. But it does take some elbow grease and the right tools.
Never shucked an oyster before? Start here.
The Perfect Sourdough for the Job
This recipe requires a light and airy sourdough breadcrumb. So the bread you choose really can make a difference in the outcome of this recipe. You want to use a bread made predominantly with white flour and soured completely. A dense whole wheat bread will not work sufficiently.
My recommendations would be my sourdough focaccia or traditional sourdough boule.
Both these recipes produce a light and airy crumb, deep sourdough flavor, and good absorption for the other savory ingredients.
Rich plump oysters are baked to golden-brown perfection with a savory topping highlighted by buttery sourdough breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, shallot, and garlic. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sourdough-Crusted Oysters Rockefeller
Making the Breadcrumb Topping
Preparing and Baking the Oysters
Rich plump oysters are baked to golden-brown perfection with a savory topping highlighted by buttery sourdough breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, shallot, and garlic.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.