- 20 gm shio kombu (see note)
- 150 gm softened cultured butter
- 20 gm dried wakame (see note), ground in a spice grinder or small blender
- 1 tsp white soy sauce (shiro shoyu; see note)
- 1 dozen Pacific or Sydney rock oysters, unshucked
- 1Preheat a woodfired barbecue until it burns down to hot, white-ashed coals.
- 2Meanwhile, rinse shio kombu and soak it in 1 tbsp water in a bowl (5 minutes). Drain, finely chop, and add to a small saucepan with butter, wakame powder and white soy over low heat. Stir butter until just melted, but not separated
(3-4 minutes). Keep warm.
- 3Meanwhile, place oysters on a wire rack over hot coals for 2-3 minutes until hot. Pop the hinges with an oyster knife and serve topped with warm butter.
Shio kombu, dried wakame and shiro shoyu are available from Japanese grocers.
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