Fried Oysters With Zing

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 4 - 8
  • 2 gallons LouAna Peanut Oil
  • 1 cup coarse-ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 2/3 cup hot sauce, such as Texas Pete® or Tabasco®
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 pounds shucked oysters*
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 (8-inch) pieces baguette
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
    *Fresh is Best; but this recipe makes even canned oysters taste great.

Instead of sandwiches, you can fry the oysters to serve with cocktail sauce or Marie’s® Ranch Dressing for an appetizer.  Pour oil into a deep fryer; heat to 375 degrees.  Combine cornmeal, flour, paprika and salt in a shallow dish.  Combine hot sauce and egg in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Add oysters to hot sauce mixture; dredge in cornmeal mixture.  Fry oysters at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 minutes or until done, turning once.  Remove oysters.

For sandwich, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, mayonnaise, mustard and juice, stirring well.  Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture over cut sides of bread slices.  Place 1 lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bread slice; top with 1 red onion slice and 2 tomato slices. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper, if desired. Divide oysters evenly among sandwiches; place top halves of bread slices on each.  Serve immediately.

Safety First

There are two options when frying a turkey. You can take the traditional approach and use propane fryers. They should be used outdoors in accordance with the manufacturer’s safety procedures. Never use them on a wooden deck or leave them unattended. Or you can use a Master built Electric Deep Fryer that can be used indoors on kitchen counter tops, tables, inside garages and on covered patios. Be sure to keep children and pets away. But either way you choose, always remember:

  • Wear oven mitts.
  • Avoid use of alcohol and keep a fire extinguisher nearby, as you would with any type of cooking.
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