Grilled Oysters with Garlic-Herb Butter

If you've never cooked oysters on the grill, you're in for a treat. Grilling oysters whole saves you the trouble of shucking them--they magically pop open when cooked. A simple garlic herb butter adds richness and a bright pop of flavor to this impressive appetizer. To pretty it up use Irish butter, which is extra-golden because Irish cows typically enjoy an all-grass diet.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
24 oysters


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, preferably Irish

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 24 large oysters, scrubbed


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Heat butter and garlic in a small saucepan until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, chives, lemon zest and juice, pepper and salt until well combined.

  3. Grill oysters, cupped-side down, until they pop open and the meat is firm, about 5 minutes. Transfer the oysters to a platter, cupped-side down (to retain as much of the juice as possible). Discard any that do not open. Run an oyster knife or paring knife under the meat to separate it from the top shell. Top each oyster with a little of the herb butter and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

61 Calories
5g Fat
2g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3 oysters
Calories 61
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Vitamin A 247IU 5%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 9mg 2%
Potassium 76mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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