BBQ OYSTERS – KOREAN STYLE
Gochujang Butter, Kimchi, Scallion
Let’s not pretend that these BBQ oysters will appeal to everyone. But surprisingly, those who said they were not fans of bivalve molluscs nor fermented cabbage found themselves enjoying several of the Korean Style Oysters hot off the grill. At a recent party, we served Fanny Bay Pacific Oysters boldly dressed with Korean flavors – a spicy rich gochujang butter, complex kimchi, and fresh scallion. And paired with cold Hite lager to get the party has started!
BBQ OYSTERS – KOREAN STYLE RECIPE
Fanny Bays are hefty and beautifully fluted, the meat is smooth with a clean cucumber finish. The town of Fanny Bay is located on the inner coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. They’re one of our favorites, meticulously farmed… you rarely get a bad Fanny.
Place rinsed cold live oysters on a hot grill, cup side down, for about 3 to 4 minutes until they pop and sizzle.
Use tongs to remove the hot oysters from the grill. Then use a folded kitchen towel to stabilize and hold an oyster, protecting the hand holding the oyster. Insert the tip of the oyster knife into the pointy end, next to the hinge. Wiggle the knife into the oyster then twist the knife to pop the shell open. Wipe the knife clean to remove any bits of shell clinging to it. Then use the knife to cut the muscle that holds the oyster meat to the shell.
While cooked oysters are much easier to shuck than live ones, it still can be dangerous. Never point the tip of the knife toward the hand holding the oyster, as it can slip and stab your hand. Practice slanting the knife downward. A chain mesh glove can be worn for extra protection. And it might be best to save those beers for after the oysters have been shucked…
In a small sauce pan, melt one stick of butter then whisk in 2 T. gochujuang (Korean red chili paste). Let the butter cool down, whisking occasionally, to get a homogenized mixture. Keep warm, but not hot, to prevent it from separating.
Top the hot shucked oysters with a dollop of warm gochujang butter. Place a small mound of kimchi on top, finish with a sprinkling of the scallions. Serve immediately. In fact, it’s fun to have a production line – as oysters are ready to come off the grill – shuck, dress, and serve them to the guests huddled around the BBQ. Each oyster cooks in its own time, depending on size, and the hot spots on the grill.