Deep Fry Canned Oysters For A Quick, No-Frills Side Dish

A great side dish should be easy to make, and delicious to eat. Fried canned oysters strike the perfect balance of these requirements. The recent tinned fish fad taking over social media has led to new, creative ways to use this ready-made ingredient. You can transform canned oysters with a simple deep fry. This creates addictive, salty bites perfect to serve with your next meal. Making this dish is simple, all you need is a neutral frying oil, a can of oysters, flour, seasonings of choice, two eggs, and bread crumbs. Start by heating your oil in a large pot. Once your oil reaches 375 degrees it's good to start frying.

To prepare your oysters for frying, start by draining the can and patting your oysters dry. You will then use a dry, wet, dry battering approach for a crunchy, light breading. Start by lightly coating your oysters in seasoned flour, then dip into your egg wash, then coat in your seasoned breadcrumb mixture. Once your oysters are breaded you're good to start frying. Canned oysters typically come pre-cooked, so you don't have to worry about ensuring your oysters are cooked all the way through. Instead, you'll know your oysters are done when they have a golden brown color, this will take two to three minutes. After frying, let your oysters drain excess oil on a paper towel, top them with salt, and you're ready to enjoy.

Tips for cooking and eating fried oysters

To make this cooking process as seamless as possible, begin battering your oysters while you wait for your oil to heat. It's important to make sure you get the oysters really dry after draining, this helps the batter stick better and prevents it from falling off while you're frying. If you are worried about your oysters being too salty from canning you can also rinse them before drying and cooking. This will remove some of that brine that keeps the oysters fresh in the can. When considering what seasoning to use, you have a wide array of options.

You can opt to give your fried oysters a subtle, smoky spice by including smoked paprika, and chili powder in your dry seasonings, and a dash of hot sauce in your egg wash. Or you can for a fresh, flavorful lemon garlic fried oyster by utilizing garlic granules in your bread crumbs and serving with lemon wedges for squeezing. Fried oysters are an excellent side dish for lighter main courses like salads or lean meats. The fried coating contrasts nicely with dishes that are fresher in flavor. You could also opt to make fried oysters your star dish and serve it along with fries and tartar sauce for a beach-front-inspired meal.