Fish & Seafood

Oysters on Ice with Shallots, Red Wine Vinegar, and Lemon

Raw oysters are one of those shellfish that you either love or hate. They do, however, have a reputation as an aphrodisiac, which has helped increase their popularity. If you have never eaten a raw oyster before, make sure that you squeeze lemon juice on it and watch to make sure it contracts before you eat it.

Oysters on Ice with Shallots, Red Wine Vinegar, and Lemon

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  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. good red wine
  • 5-6 shallots, finely chopped
  • crushed ice to serve
  • 12 native oysters
  • 2 lemons, halved



Make the shallot dressing by combining salt, pepper, vinegar, wine, and shallots in a bowl. Leave in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.


Place the ice on a silver serving plate and sprinkle with salt to prevent it from melting too quickly. Make sure the oysters are freed from the shell, then place each on a half shell on top of the ice.


Serve with lemon and the shallot dressing.

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    A great flavor combination, I'm sure. A pity I am afraid of eating oysters…



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    Kimberly Bright
    December 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Absolute perfect. my hubby would love these! Happy holidays!

  • Reply
    December 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I usually have oysters all by themselves with a little lemon juice if at all, but your recipe is quite tempting. I will definitely try it out.

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    La Table De Nana
    December 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Look at me.. I cannot even go near a raw oyster..yet your photos are pleasing me..
    I am quite frightened too..:)
    I combed so many places looking for your tartate vessels with the blue ice….to no avail..
    I have given up..showed my girls what you did..and said..I tried:)

    Case closed:)

    Dear Yelena..Happy Holidays to you:) and yours..

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    December 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Looks so tempting! I haven't tried yet to prepare oysters myself, but I love see food, so it's a must to try! Beautiful styling, as always!
    Happy holidays, Yelena! 🙂

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    Eric Pepple
    December 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    That looks amazing! Love oysters 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Te de Ternura
    December 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hummmm MANJAR DE DIOSES YELENA!!! :)))

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    Irina @ wandercrush
    December 22, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I'm a fan! I love the whole shucking process. Your styling makes them look beautiful, too. Happy holidays, Yelena!

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