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Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter Recipe

Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter

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"A seasonal side dish or appetizer with fresh oysters and fennel."

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings


  1. Prepare and light a grill or preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, blend together the butter, ground fennel seeds, shallots, fennel bulb, fennel greens, pepper and salt.
  3. Arrange the oysters on the grill or oven rack, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until they start hissing and begin to open.
  4. Using an oyster knife, pry each oyster open at the hinge, loosen the oyster and discard the flat shell. Top each oyster with 1/2 teaspoon of the fennel butter. Return to grill and cook until butter is melted and hot.
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Nov 07, 2006

I am in culinary school and today's assignment was oysters so I thought I would give this recipe a try. Out of 15 different dishes that were prepared by other students this one was, across the board, the favored. Excellent flavor! I will make it when I have my own restraunt for sure!

Dec 21, 2003

Our whole family really enjoyed these. The flavor was quite different from the way any of us had eaten oysters before. Kids even liked them although I heard a "too slimy" comment or two. The fennel was unique and very much enjoyed. Thanks.


11 Ratings

Jun 03, 2008

This was really, really yummy. Use a good, meaty oyster. I also recommend using unsalted butter because most oysters themselves are salty enough. A light, crisp slightly dry white wine is divine with this dish.

Aug 28, 2009

AWESOME! Although I took the basic idea and completed the recipe a bit different. Opened up my Kumamoto oysters on the grill (about 5-7 min as my grill was on 400 degrees). During that time melted Smart Balance and Herbs de Provence (sp?) as I had no fennel seed. Used about 1/2 cup Smart Balance following a different review the Kumamoto's are smaller oysters. Then cracked open and added the oysters to the butter in the saucepan. They were so good I ate them right from the pan!!! My hubbie doesn't eat oysters so they were just for me anyway! I would omit the salt next time, oysters are salty enough the way they are! Overall great idea!

Oct 26, 2009

This was Fantastic people who were queasy with the idea of eating oysters loved them. The only thing I would do differently is shuck the oysters before putting them on the grill. The recipe suggest heating them up them shucking them I found this a little difficult!

Aug 04, 2009

Really good! We didn't have any fennel seeds (just the whole plant from our CSA) so we left them out - I used the leftover butter on green beans - yum!

Jul 12, 2007

Good, but salty, next time I would omit the 1/2 tsp of salt all together. It also makes way to much for the small Kumamoto Oysters that we love so much.

May 28, 2005

Be careful when opening the oysters. Great flavor!


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  • Calories
  • 77 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

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

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