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.


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

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    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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