Chef's Recipes

Roast oysters with horseradish

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for roast oysters with horseradish by Mat Lindsay from Ester in Sydney.

By Mat Lindsay
  • Serves 6 - 8
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
Roast oysters with horseradish
Roast oysters with horseradish

"I think of these oysters as a good entry level for people who think they don't like oysters," says Lindsay. "As they're gently warmed through, the oysters poach in their own briny juices and the texture changes to become less slippery. You can use whatever oyster is the best when you're buying, of course, but I do have a soft spot for a good Sydney rock."

Ingredients

  • For roasting: rock salt
  • 1½ dozen unshucked oysters, scrubbed
Horseradish dressing
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp finely grated horseradish
  • 1 golden shallot, finely diced

Method

Main
  • 1
    Preheat oven on its highest setting. Cover the base of a roasting pan large enough to fit oysters in a single layer with a 1cm layer of rock salt and place in the oven to warm the salt (5-10 minutes). Arrange unopened oysters on the salt and roast until lids just pop open slightly (2-3 minutes).
  • 2
    For horseradish dressing, combine ingredients, season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  • 3
    To serve, remove top shells from oysters (the oysters should be just warm and plumped up a little). Spoon a little horseradish dressing over each oyster and serve straightaway.

Notes

Drink Suggestion: 2013 Mutemuka Shuzo “Mutemuka”, Kochi, Japan. Drink suggestion by Mat Lindsay