Your Most Flavorful Grilled Oysters Ever, Guaranteed

Oysters on the half shell over ice is always quite nice. But oysters, hot off the grill can also be an interesting thrill, especially in summertime when your beer will seem colder because your oyster is cooked. All you have to do is choose a method for…

Oysters on the half shell over ice is always quite nice. But oysters, hot off the grill can also be an interesting thrill, especially in summertime when your beer will seem colder because your oyster is cooked. All you have to do is choose a method for grilling oysters, select the right kind of oysters (are you team east coast or west coast?), mix up a few sauces, and you're ready to host an oyster-laden cocktail hour. Whether you top grilled oysters with just a garlic butter sauce and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of kosher salt, or a sharp and tangy mignonette sauce, our guide will teach you exactly how to grill oysters and serve them with finesse.

Photo by Mark Weinburg, Graphic by Tim McSweeney

Choose A Grilling Method

There are two ways to grill an oyster in its own shell, over a hot flame. No matter which method you choose, oysters should be placed on the very hot grill grates flat shell up. Transfer the shells on and off the grill very gently using tongs.

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