Chefs' Recipes

Analiese Gregory's grilled oysters with seaweed butter

Butter – especially this sweet-salty seaweed butter – makes everything better.

By Analiese Gregory
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking (plus soaking)
  • Serves 4 - 6
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Grilled oysters with seaweed butter
"I really enjoy a warm oyster, especially in winter," says Analiese Gregory. "There are a lot of wild oysters around the Tasmanian coast so we decided to throw some over the coals and make a butter from the seaweed that grows around them. The butter here uses seaweeds that are easy to find in Japanese grocers."

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 1
    Preheat a woodfired barbecue until it burns down to hot, white-ashed coals.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, 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.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, 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.

Notes

Shio kombu, dried wakame and shiro shoyu are available from Japanese grocers.
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