Oysters with lemon and dill on the side
What's The Difference Between West And East Coast Oysters?
Oysters collected from the Atlantic waters of the American East Coast and those collected from the Western Pacific Ocean differ in shape, flavor, and texture.
East Coast oysters are firmer, chewier, and have a stronger, saltier flavor, while West Coast oysters are smaller and rounder with a plump, creamy texture and sweet, fruity taste.
West Coast oysters are found on the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Chile, with varieties from Kumamoto oysters to Drakes Bay, Marin Coast, and Hog Island oysters.
Generally, West Coast oysters are known for their mildly briny and savory tastes, as warmer waters and reduced salinity levels tend to impact the oysters' overall flavor profile.
East Coast oysters come from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. They typically have a smooth teardrop-shaped shell and include varieties like Chesapeake oysters.
Once shucked, they offer a salty and mildly nutty flavor. Oysters collected in frigid New England waters often take longer to mature and present a more textured, saline flavor.