Aw, Shucks! How to Shuck an Oyster

Recently, I bought a 100-pound sack of oysters from Hillman’s Seafood in Dickinson for $65 fresh from the bay that morning, and discovered that if you’re up for a bit of effort—and have a few pals to help—a sack will yield about 175 plump, pillowy oysters for less than 40 cents apiece. These are solid oysters, tough to open. Want to give it a go? Here’s a no-hassle method that doesn’t take brute strength:
By / Photography By Susan Ebert | January 03, 2017


1. Wearing protective gloves (I use my Lindy Fish Handler Gloves), scrub the closed oysters thoroughly, using a wire brush and the garden hose. Discard any that have opened.

2. With the deeper-cupped shell down, grasp the oyster firmly with your non-dominant hand. Work the tip of a flathead screwdriver into the hinge, and tap the handle end of the screwdriver with a hammer until it begins to give way.

3. Now work an oyster knife into the hinge and around the rim of the oyster, with the blade as close to the inside of the top shell as possible, and gently cut the abductor muscle away from the shell. Remove the top shell.

4. Gently work the tip of your oyster knife underneath the oyster to release the oyster.

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