The Harbor View Hotel & Resort

Chef's Choice Grilled Edgartown Oysters with House Butter

  • Eight ounces unsalted butter (two sticks) cut into cubes and kept cold
  • One  sprig fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice and zest of one lemon (zest reserved)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Salt (optional)
  • 24 local oysters, scrubbed and rinsed of sand
  • Two tablespoons chopped parsley (combined with zest from above)
  • Rock salt and apple wood or other fruit wood smoking chips (optional)
  • Kitchen torch (optional)

Heat a small, heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add cubed butter all at once. When the butter begins to brown and becomes fragrant and nutty, add rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to stop the browning process. Reduce heat to low and continue to whisk one minute. Season with cayenne, cracked pepper, and salt if needed. Reserve warm.

Preheat a gas or wood grill to high on one side and low on the other. Using tongs and working in batches of six, place oysters cup side down directly on the high heat side of the grill. After about a minute or so, you will notice the oysters starting to simmer out some of their ‘liquor’ or slightly open their shells; immediately move oysters to low heat side of the grill. Using a heavy kitchen towel and an oyster knife, carefully remove the top shell of the oyster; separating the abductor muscle from the shell and retaining as much ‘liquor’ as possible. Set oysters aside.

On a heat-resistant platter, lightly torch wood chips releasing fragrant smoke and scatter with rock salt. Arrange oysters on the smoky wood/salt mixture. Stir house butter to combine and spoon generously over oysters. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and lemon zest and serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Executive Chef Levon Wallace
The Harbor View Hotel & Resort
131 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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