Point Reyes National Seashore is one of our favorite destinations for a quick Saturday getaway. You can hike in the redwoods, on the beach, and through rolling meadows. You can also find delicious fresh and local food. On a visit to Tomales Bay a stop for barbecued oysters is a must.
If you plan ahead, you can reserve a picnic table right on the bay and spend the day grilling oysters (and anything else you bring with you). The oysters come right from the bay. Talk about farm to table! Mrs. Esquire and I ate barbequed oysters one time in Tomales Bay but didn’t plan ahead. This meant we paid $3-$4 per oyster to have them grilled and brought to our table, instead of the $1-$2 for fresh oysters to shuck and grill yourself. It left me wanting to grill my own oysters.
Fast forward to yesterday. I visited a new (to me) fishmonger in the neighborhood. What a great shop. We will definitely be back! The bins of oysters in the corner of the store caught our eye right away. After some consultation, we settled on a dozen Drake’s Bay oysters. Drake’s Bay is directly opposite Tomales Bay, on the ocean side of Point Reyes. Along with our oysters we bought an oyster shucker.
Neither Mrs. Esquire nor I had every shucked oysters. Mrs. Esquire did the dirty work as I prepped the grill. She did a great job! After Mrs. Esquire finished shucking the oysters, I dropped a dollop of garlic parsley butter (recipe below) on each.
By this point, the Big Green Egg was warmed up to about 400 degrees, set for direct grilling. I put the oysters directly on the grill. Ideally, the oyster shells will be deep and will sit evenly on the grill. Otherwise the sauce leaks out the side. A few drips aren’t the end of the world, though. A butter flare-up adds some nice smoke.
You can see that the butter melts nicely after a minute or two on the grill. I grilled these guys for about five minutes total, until the butter started bubbling. The oysters simmer in the melted butter.
The oysters were absolutely delicious! What a special treat in the backyard. We’ll probably mix this in as an appetizer during a future dinner party. There a many recipes online for different sauces. I may experiment in the future, but the butter sauce was really easy and really quick. Thanks for reading!
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp parsley
- Juice from one lemon
- Salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Cayenne to taste
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Place a small spoonful of butter in each oyster prior to grilling.