An Everyday Guide on Preparing the Perfect Oyster Bite

Nicholas Kim, Sept. 22, 2016, 12:35 p.m.

Have you ever entered a seafood restaurant, ordered a set of oysters, and wondered whether you may have used too little or too many of the condiments? Have no fear! Your worries are shared by almost every single diner out there, and we've come to provide some advice on how you can personally prep your oysters to your liking and look like a professional while you're at it.

The fundamentals of enjoying the perfect bite of oyster is to understand your own personal love for seafood. Some seafood aficionados love the raw, briny taste of oysters, while others have a difficult time enjoying the full-bodied flavor and choose to drown their oysters in a mixture of hot sauce, vinegar, lemon, horseradish, and cocktail sauce to the point where you can barely taste any of the oyster itself.

To get the most out of your oyster experience, you must understand that the quality of the oyster is the foundation of the level of enjoyment throughout eating the oyster. Fresh oysters do not have a lingering, fishy taste to them, and even those who are not especially fond of seafood but partake may find themselves enjoying their oyster with minimal condiment usage.

The main condiments that are considered to be a vital part of enjoying oysters are: hot sauce, mignonette, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and lemon juice. The hot sauces favored by most restauranteurs are usually Tabasco or Tapatio, and most mignonettes are made in house. Cocktail sauce is a must, as it is the perfect compliment of flavor of the oyster, and the horseradish adds a nice kick to the bite, while the lemon adds the final zap of zest to package it all up nicely.

The only part of this article that you must know to enjoy your oysters is that it all comes down to however you like it! Although many out there may question or disagree with you, as long as you understand what elements of the oyster experience to enjoy, and how to properly utilize your condiments, take all liberties to use as many condiments as you wish! There is nothing more important to a dining experience than the enjoyment of the diner, and you should never forget that. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, we recommend that you stop by one of our own favorite seafood joints, Frankie & Johnnie's Crab House! The oysters are always fresh whenever we go, and service is always top notch. If you're looking for a bargain, be sure to arrive after 9:00 PM in order to take part in their $1.00 oyster Happy Hour special!

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