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Fried Oysters


This delicious recipe for fried oysters is courtesy of chef Emeril Lagasse and is used to make his Greens with Fried Oysters and Buttermilk Dressing.

  • Servings: 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2008


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Emeril's Original Essence
  • 1/2 cup masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 24 freshly shucked oysters, drained
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk and 1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence. Add oysters and turn to coat; let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a shallow dish, mix together masa harina, flour, and remaining tablespoon essence; set aside.

  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan with high sides, heat oil to 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.

  3. Dredge oysters in masa harina mixture, shaking off any excess. Working in batches, carefully add oysters to hot oil and cook, turning, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer oysters to a paper towel-lined plate; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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