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Dorsey's Fried Oysters Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Dorsey's Fried Oysters

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"These are the single-fried oysters that my Mom cooked at the market. A simple and delicious appetizer cooked Chesapeake Bay style."

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine oysters, oyster juice, egg, salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning. Gently stir in pancake mix to make a thin batter.
  3. Spoon oysters one at a time into hot oil. There should be just enough batter surrounding oysters to coat them but it should not be too thick.
  4. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain and serve.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 22, 2003

I have tried many recipies for fried oysters and this is by far the very best and the easiest!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 15, 2007

It's simple.. but the flavor and texture is not what I was looking for. I fried them in hot oil.. but they were mushy at the end. Probably a corn meal, flour and potatoe flakes mixture would have made them crispy and more to our liking.


44 Ratings

Mar 28, 2006

I used belgium waffle mix and just dipped them in the mix. this was absolutely incredible! I really love the sweet breading. I used cornmeal on a few to see the difference, and the waffle mix was much better by far with its light sweetness. adds the real "yesss" to this dish. I've been eating fried oysters for years and never had em' this good. Thank you sooo much for sharing!

Sep 30, 2003

This gave me some of the most satisfying fried oysters I've ever had. And it is so easy. A huge hit on Valentine's Day. But, I'll be using this recipe lots. Thanks.

Mar 08, 2010

I live in the Chesapeake Bay area and over the years was blessed to have loved ones and friends who fried oysters in season and I got spoiled. They've all gone now and while I can buy them out I missed the homemade ones. I saw this recipe and it was so simple I decided to give it a try. WOW!! My son and I had a pint last night for supper. When I saw that Dorsey lives in Salisbury and he used Old Bay in the recipe I was sure he knew his stuff. Dorsey, many thanks to you and your mom.

Aug 09, 2007

This fried oyster recipe is by far the best we've tried! I'm a HUGE oyster fan and try them everywhere I go and these top most of the restaurant versions I've had! We love that the breading is so light and crispy and it really couldn't be easier to make. We've used this recipe many times and the oysters always turn out fantastic. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe!

Sep 30, 2003

This was my first time to cook and eat fried oysters. It was very easy to prepare and simply delicious.Iused 1 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Thanks, Dorsey. A real keeper.

Feb 29, 2004

Really liked this recipe, takes all the time and mess out of how I usually do it (crackered) and I thought they tasted much better this way. So simple to do and very flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing, I will use this batter for lots of stuff!!


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  • Calories
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 6.1 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 434 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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