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How to Smoke Oysters Step By Step

Are you ready to learn how to smoke oysters? Well, everybody loves oysters. No matter how it is cooked, brined, smoked, fried, or boiled, it’s still a delicious meal at all times.

Today, we are going to show you one of our favorite recipes for smoking oysters.

How to Smoke Oysters Without the Shell

Ingredients you might need:

  • 1 pack of oysters in the shell
  • Wood chips
  • Boiled and salted water in a big pot

If you despise looking at fresh oysters, then this part of the article isn’t for you. However, if you’re like me and don’t mind cracking a few black, little bowls of deliciousness, you don’t have to skip anything. Be advised, don’t eat a lot of oysters straight from the shell, it might give you a slight poisoning.

Now that you’re done crack opening the oysters, it’s time to blanch them. First, you need to clean and pile them up properly. Cleaning them with cold water is enough to do the job. Slowly slide your fingers over every piece to wash them properly.

Do you have a steel strainer? Good, put it to good use. Also, you’ll need a large bowl of boiling water. Don’t forget, the water must be salted.

Now it’s time to cook these little babies. If you don’t have a regular-side smoker, it’s totally fine to use whatever you have on hand as the result will likely be the same.

Put the oysters in the steel container and place them on the smoker. Let them sit for 30 minutes and remember to turn them up every 10 minutes. The cooking time can be extended to 45 to 60 minutes, depending on how you like your oysters.

After the cooking is done, feel free to remove them from the smoker. Gently put oysters on the plate and add some of your favorite seasonings. Personally, I like to put some minced garlic on the side along with sweet BBQ sauce. I cannot get enough of this delicious combo, it’s just that delicious for me.

How to Smoke Oysters in the Shell Using the Electric Smoker

The procedure here is almost the same. But, instead of using a regular, big-sized smoker, we are going with an electric one for this recipe.

Things you’ll need:

  • Oysters
  • Electric smoker
  • Your favorite seasonings
  • Salt
  • Boiling water

It’s always better if you boil the oysters first before smoking them. This is done because some bacteria might survive after the smoking part is done.

1. Go ahead and pour two small cups of salt into the boiler

2. Once it starts boiling, pour every oyster inside the bowl

3. Let them boil for 10 minutes

4. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit

5. Gently place oysters on a steel plate and put them inside the smoker

6. Wait for 30 to 45 minutes. The electric smoker does the job faster

7. That’s it. You’re done cooking your oysters in the electric smoker

Frequently Asked Questions

How to smoke oysters on a grill?

Apply your favorite seasoning, pour delicious oysters on a grill and let them sit for 45 minutes. They are ready once the color turns golden and oysters become crispy.

How to make smoked oysters?

Smoked oysters often don’t require additional cooking. However, if you insist on cooking them further, you can use the frying pan. Take oysters out of the shell, apply a little oil to a frying pan and let them cook for 10 minutes on each side.

How to eat smoked oysters?

Eating smoked oysters can be done in many different ways. However, the best way to eat smoked oysters is with a little chilli and BBQ sauce. It all depends on your taste, so feel free to eat them however you like.

How to can oysters?

The best way to can oysters is to cook them first. Afterward they can be used not only for eating but as ingredients for soup, dip, chowder, casserole, etc.


Now that you know everything about the cooking process, go ahead and do a little shopping.

You might feel a little lazy while reading this article. But, believe me, the final result is astonishingly beautiful and delicious. You can never go wrong with the oysters.

Getting the equipment for this recipe might be a little challenging if you’re a beginner, but investing in good tools always goes a long way.

Plus, cooking oysters isn’t a one-time deal. Once you taste the awesome juices flowing out from every oyster, this will become your go-to meal.

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