I get thousands* of emails asking about my love for the oyster and why I think they’re Mother Nature and Father Times most high achieving offspring. My answer is simple – oysters are the avocado of the sea, knock of that shell and you have a good-to-go feast. They are a low effort consumer food, you don’t even really have to chew.
You know the best accompaniment to oysters is a plain old lemon and a sprinkle of salt but over the years I’ve done the hard yards for you when to comes to pairing flavours and this one is grouse. Here’s why. The breadcrumbs absorb the lime flavour like a sponge in a full sink; fried in butter they crunch up beautifully. The chives give you a delicate onion hit and the gin – providing you go easy – that aromatic hit that cuts through the saltiness of the oysters. Et viola, my friends.
Parts of the oyster industry are having a barrel of unlaughable times thanks to POMS so if you find this Christmas you’re having to pay a little more for your bi-valves, don’t be a whinger. Think of the farmers, yeah.
Oysters with lime crumb, gin and chives
Serves however many oysters you allocate per person – for me this is a serving for one, you know
1 dozen oysters
1 slice sourdough bread
Handful of chives
75 mls gin (or ‘round about that)
Blitz your bread in a food processor until you get a fine crumb. If your processor is like mine and not living its best life, dig out the chunky bits. Keep your crumbs even.
Melt the butter down and finely grate in lime zest, add about a teaspoon or half a lime squeeze) of juice to the butter and toss in your crumbs. They’ll absorb all the flavours and when you think they are cooked, keep cooking. They need to be golden.
Finely chop your chives – that’s easy.
Now assuming you are serving these absolutely straight away, arrange your shucked oysters on a plate, evenly distribute your gin across the oysters (see notes) sprinkle crumbs and chives and you are good to go.
If you’re guests like a chat and won’t be chowing down within seconds, serve the crumbs and chives in small bowls and let your friends self-serve.
- 1 slice of sourdough will give you many crumbs so if you have more oysters (i.e. Christmas time) don’t panic, there’ll be plenty of crumbs.
- Lemon would also work exceptionally well here just don’t drown the crumbs
- Next time you’re at the chemist, pick up an eyedropper. They’re cheap and will give you even in distribution.
*like, maybe two.