My dad's fried oysters are like no one else's. It's some sort of alchemy the way his oysters turn out so tender, velvety, and golden--as if conjured rather than fried. I get this goodness just once a year now, in December, when my husband, son, and I visit my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The ingredients for Dad's fried oyster recipe couldn't be simpler. Just cornmeal, eggs, salt, pepper and shucked oysters. There's parsley in my oysters but not in Dad's. He would want me to say that. He'd also want me to say that the "Pride-of-Mobile" title was all my idea, that everyone down there fries oysters the same way. (Hence, the title.)
I have watched my father fry oysters for breakfast--always for breakfast--for 40-plus years. I was usually the one in the kitchen with him because he needed someone to gather and prep ingredients and to listen to and heed his admonishments. Get the oil hot but not smoking. We wouldn't want to burn the house down. Keep the frying pan handle pointed away from you. Dry the oysters on paper towels before bathing them in the egg. Careful now. Putting wet oysters in hot oil will cause spattering and popping.
When I'm home, I still help Dad in the kitchen. He cautions and directs. I listen and do. And try to avoid catastrophe.
So Dad, I made these oysters by myself, in a month with no "R" in the spelling, and have lived to write about it. Thanks for teaching me to appreciate good seafood and to cook it properly--and without burning the house down. Happy Father's Day!
|Dad in his kitchen.|
Dad's Pride-of-Mobile Fried Oysters (Serves 3)
16 ounces fresh shucked oysters, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 sprig parsley, minced (optional)
1 cup whole-grain cornmeal
Grapeseed or canola oil
Sprig of "Purple Ruffles" basil for garnishing (optional)
- Place oysters on clean dish towel or on several paper towels. Place another clean dish towel or paper towels on top of oysters and pat very gently to remove moisture.
- Place drained oysters in beaten egg. Using your fingers or silicon tongs, turn oysters over to coat both sides.
- Remove oysters from beaten egg and place on a clean cutting board or plate. Season oysters with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Pour cornmeal into a resealable, gallon-sized plastic bag. Add minced parsley to cornmeal and shake to evenly distribute the parsley. Place half the oysters in the bag and seal. Invert and manipulate bag to coat the oysters--avoid shaking the bag vigorously, which could tear the oysters.
- Heat 1-inch of grapeseed or canola oil in a 10-inch skillet. Place half the oysters in hot oil and fry them for 50 seconds to one minute per side until golden brown.
- Place fried oysters on paper towels to drain for a minute. Fry the remaining oysters and drain on paper towels.
- Plate oysters, garnish with basil, and serve plain or with condiments.
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