How to Shuck an Oyster
Since oyster shucking is one of those life skills we all dream of having without accidentally cutting off a hand, we headed to Hog Island Oyster Co. in Marshall, CA to get a lesson from a real pro. Mariko Wilkinson broke it down into five easy steps.
Tip: If you don’t happen to have an enormous rubber glove at home, use a dish towel to protect your hand and keep the oyster steady.
Hold the oyster cupped side down in your hand and locate the hinge where top shell and bottom shell meet. Place the oyster knife in the hinge at a 45-degree angle, pushing and wiggling until knife is stuck.
When the knife is firmly in the hinge, twist and wiggle until oyster releases and the shell pops open.
Use the blade of the knife to cut the muscle, separating it from the top shell.
Scrape out any shell fragments and cut the muscle to release it from the bottom shell.
Add a squeeze of lemon, a dash of hot sauce, or a spoonful of mignonette, if desired, and enjoy!
Great Places to Get Oysters
- Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York
- Grand Banks, New York
- Maison Premiere, New York
- Hog Island Oyster Co., SF, Napa, Marshall
- The Marshall Store, Marshall, CA
- Tomales Bay Oyster Co., Marshall, CA
- Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco
- EMC, Los Angeles