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All about oysters

All about oysters

Raw, baked, served with a splash of lemon or a mild mignonette, oysters are great for any occasion. Your IGA seafood counter has a wide variety to choose from. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or a get-together among friends, IGA has got you covered with several different formats; purchase them individually, or opt for a dozen, a box (12 to 36 oysters), or even a crate filled with 100+ oysters!

Read on to discover our tips and tricks to how to select, shuck, and cook your oysters. Plus we have a selection of delicious recipes for you to try! Moreover, all our oysters are Ocean Wise recommended seafood.

Our varieties

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BEAUSOLEIL

Delicate flesh. Mild, slightly salty taste.

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CARAQUET CHOICE

Abundant flesh. Mild, salty taste.

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COOKE’S COCKTAIL

Abundant flesh. Mild, salty taste.

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TRÉSOR DU LARGE

Abundant flesh. Mild, salty taste.

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MALPÈQUE

Abundant flesh. Mild, slightly fruity taste.

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LUCKY LIME

Abundant flesh. Mild, sweet and savoury taste.

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RASPBERRY POINT

Abundant flesh. Pronounced, slightly sweet taste.

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SOUTH LAKE

Abundant flesh. Pronounced, salty taste.

Your IGA seafood specialist can fill you in on where our oysters come from, their texture, and their nuanced flavour profiles. Try mixing it up according to the season!

PLAN YOUR OYSTER PARTY LIKE A PRO!

Purchase a few different varieties, and make sure to set aside enough time to shuck and prep them before your guests arrive.

How many oysters should you have on deck

How many oysters should you have on deck?

  • 6 to 8 oysters per person as an appetizer
  • 12 to 15 oysters per person as a main course with side dishes
  • 18 to 30 oysters per person as a main course with no side dishes

Offer your guests 2 to 3 varieties of oysters to choose from, making sure to include various sizes, origins, and flavours.

Eat varieties in order from least to most salty.

Raw oysters pair nicely with lemon, or with spicy Tabasco sauce, but you can also try them with chili sauce, salsa, vinegar, or wine, beer, and Champagne mignonettes . . . the possibilities are endless!

If you plan on serving them warm, make sure to keep a close eye on their cooking time, as they have a tendency to become rubbery when overcooked.

Easy mignonettes

Elevate your oysters with a selection of ready-made mignonette sauces: classic, basil balsamic, or Bloody Mary. Simply add a spoonful of sauce atop your oysters and enjoy!

Shucking: the right technique and tools

  • Wash and scrub your oysters right before shucking them.
  • Working over a flat surface, place a folded tea towel in the palm of your hand and hold the oyster securely in place.
  • Insert the tip of a knife into the oyster’s hinge (pointed side). Make sure to keep your thumb on the shell to avoid injuring yourself with the knife.
  • Gently twist the edge of the knife to pry the oyster open.
  • Sever the muscle holding the oyster in place by sliding the knife tip along the shell. Be careful not to pierce the oyster so it remains nice and juicy.

Shuck oysters approximately 15 minutes before eating them, and never more than 2 hours. If they’re shucked too far in advance, they’ll lose on flavour and freshness.

How to open them

Ricardo's tips: Opening Oysters | Oysters party, Chef technique

OYSTER FOOD SAFETY

OYSTER FOOD SAFETY
  • Ideally, you should eat oysters within 24 hours of buying them. Otherwise, keep them in their original packaging on the bottom shelf of your fridge and cover with a damp towel so they don’t dry up.
  • Very important: do not store them in an airtight container, soak them in water, or expose them to temperature shock.
  • If properly stored, oysters have a lifespan of up to six weeks following the date of their harvest, which is indicated on the packaging.
  • If the oyster shell is open and doesn’t close when you tap on it, it means the oyster is dead and should not be eaten.
  • Once shucked, the oyster should be firm, plump, and floating in its own juices. If it smells foul, discard immediately.