Fresh oysters are certainly better than the canned versions. Still, if you don’t have access to fresh oysters, those that come in jars and cans will do.
In this post, I will particularly tackle on the topic of canned oysters and how to cook this type of dish. Do keep in mind that the canned varieties are either boiled or smoked – and are, therefore, already cook. And as such, they can be eaten out of the can (if you want to).
Still, you can cook canned oysters in many different ways. Just think of it as reheating the food – as you really don’t want to overcook oysters. When overdone, oysters can become dry and rubbery. Also, when not handled gently, canned oysters can fall apart (since they’re quite delicate).
Technically, this article is not about cooking canned oysters (since they’re already cooked). What I’m about to show you are the many different ways you can use oysters in recipes (as ingredients).
This is going to be fun.
Top 7 Ways to Cook Canned Oysters
Top 1 – Oyster Stuffing
For an exotic stuffing, you can use oysters as one of the main ingredients to make your dish stand out. You can opt to make it on Thanksgiving to make the occasion more memorable and special. This particular recipe takes only about an hour to make (preparation and cooking time) – so, it would really be a good choice for a quick dinner recipe.
To give you an idea, here are some of the ingredients you will need to make this stuffing:
- Canned Oysters (drain the oysters and reserve the juice)
- Bread crumbs
- Poultry seasoning
Here are the steps to making the stuffing:
Top 2 – Oyster Stew
You will see that this recipe is actually a soup dish. However, when using oysters as the main ingredient, this recipe is more recognized as a stew (oyster stew, to be exact). This dish is very easy to prepare because it basically calls for throwing all the ingredients into the pot and cooking the recipe in minutes.
To make this particular oyster stew, you need the following ingredients:
The ingredients are few just as the steps needed to complete the dish are also few (as you will see below).
Top 3 – Oyster Pasta
With canned oysters readily available in grocery stores (and online), you can make oyster pasta dishes any day of the week (and as often as you want). Again, this recipe is very easy to prepare.
To make this oyster pasta recipe, you need the following ingredients:
Here are the steps to making this yummy oyster pasta dish:
Top 4 – Crispy Oven-Fried Oysters
Crispy oysters make for great appetizers. While it requires some time to prepare it, cooking time is actually very short (15 minutes or so).
You need the following ingredients for the breading:
- Canned oysters (whole, drained)
- Bread crumbs
- Romano cheese
- Olive oil
For the dip, you need these:
- Sour cream
- Jalapeno peppers
- Lemon juice
- Lemon peel
The steps to making crispy oysters in the oven are the following:
Top 5 – Fried Canned Oysters
Here’s another crispy oyster recipe – but this time, the oysters are fried (not baked). Again, this recipe is very easy to prepare.
You need the following ingredients for this particular recipe:
- Canned oysters (whole, rinsed, and drained).
- Corn starch
To make crispy fried oysters, follow these steps:
Top 6 – Smoked Oyster Spread
If you’re throwing a seafood party, serving smoked oyster spread will surely impress your guests. This is a very simple side dish that will go well with other seafoods.
To make this particular oyster spread, you need the following ingredients:
- Canned oysters (smoked)
- Cream cheese
- Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce
Follow these steps to make this recipe:
Top 7 – Oyster Casserole
This oyster casserole recipe is easy to prepare and tasty as well. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and cooking it in the oven takes about 50 minutes (yes, we have another hands-off recipe here).
For this dish, the following ingredients are needed:
- Canned oysters (drained, reserve the juice)
- Saltine crackers
- Whipping cream
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cream-style corn (canned)
To make this particular recipe, do the following steps:
Cooking Canned Oysters Using Different Recipes
As you can see, there are several ways of cooking canned oysters. In the recipes above, you can use the following cooking techniques:
- Boiling/ Simmering
Indeed, you can create the following recipes with canned oysters:
- Stews/ soups
- Pasta sauces
- Spreads/ dips
While fresh oysters are always recommended in recipes, you can use canned oysters as substitutes and create delicious dishes that will satisfy you. Consider the recipes above and try them out – you will discover that there are lots of ways to cook canned oysters and enjoy this exotic food.
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