Living on the Gulf Coast, oysters are a way of life. Grilled, raw, fried, baked, I love em.
We have a few local restaurants here that when I go, I gotta get their style of oyster. At the Original Oyster House it’s grilled oysters. At Wintzells it’s raw. At Zea, it’s all about the Asian sesame fried oysters.
Are they the best fried oysters I’ve ever had? No. My mom does that. BUT, usually when you get fried oysters, you just get the fried oysters. Plain old fried oysters. Maybe you stuff it in a sandwich or on top of a salad. But they’re plain. No bells or whistles.
That’s why I love Zea’s fried oysters. They serve them over shredded cabbage and drizzle with a Thai sauce then sprinkle with fresh herbs. They just step out the box a little from plain old oysters. And it’s freakin’ delicious.
And they’re generous too. Not the serving size, no. I mean Zea. They share the recipe on their website. Not just for the oysters, but for other goodies, like roasted corn grits (which are the bomb!). Sharing is caring, after all.
So this is their original recipe. Not me trying to recreate it. It’s all them. And if I may say so, I cooked these to perfection. It tasted EXACTLY like I went there and ordered them. I may never go back to Zea. I mean, I cook the roasted corn grits at home and now the oysters. What do I need them for?
You guys ready to whip up some fried oysters? Don’t be afraid. Yes, there is hot oil involved but it’s so easy and it only takes minutes! It’s an impressive plating as well. It looks like you did something that required effort but there really is hardly any involved.
ASIAN SESAME FRIED OYSTERS
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup self rising white corn meal
peanut oil, you can use other oil if you have it
shredded cabbage, I like Napa
Zea Thai Rib Sauce (Available at Rouses, if you have one. If not, any Asian sauce of your liking will do.)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon chopped green onions
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon basil ribbons
Get your oil to 350°. Shred the cabbage and chop the herbs.
Add the first four ingredients to a large bowl. Bread the oysters in the mixture. When the oil is at 350°, CAREFULLY drop the oysters in the oil. Fry for 1.5 to 3 minutes, depending on the size of your oysters and how you like them. I pull them at the 1.5 to 2 minute mark. They’re golden and not too hard on the inside. It’s up to you on how you like them. But don’t go over 3 minutes. The texture gets funny.
When done, remove to a plate lined with paper towels. Grab another place/dish and spread some shredded cabbage on the bottom. Top with some oysters. Drizzle sauce over the top of the oysters and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Boom! Done!
**Note: You really want to have the cabbage and herbs taken care of before you begin to fry the oysters. The oyster frying part goes FAST and you don’t want to have them sitting there getting cold while you shred cabbage and herbs.Asian Sesame Fried Oysters!Click To Tweet
I am lucky enough to have a Rouses grocery store a couple of miles from me. It’s a small chain store from Louisiana, but it made its way here to Mobile. Zea is a small chain in the New Orleans area, but have a location in Mobile. They sell their sauces at Rouses and at the restaurant. 99.9% of you will not have a Rouses or a Zea. I’m sorry for that, but it’s okay. You can use any bottled Asian sauce you like or you can make your own. I’ve made this sauce over the years for my smoked wings and it would be perfect drizzled over these oysters.
If you’re into history you might find this little read on Shell Mound Park interesting. It’s located in my county and it’s quite when you think about it.
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