Fried Oysters


Fried Oysters

20 Min

Our Southeastern coast produces lots of oysters for us, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy them than lightly fried and crispy on the outside, hot and creamy on the inside.

What You'll Need

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup cracker meal (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 (8-ounce) containers shucked fresh oysters, rinsed and drained

What to Do

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until well beaten. In a shallow dish, combine the cracker meal and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

  3. Dip the oysters one at a time in the egg mixture, then in the cracker meal mixture, coating completely.

  4. Cook the coated oysters a few at a time for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the coating is golden. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter. Serve immediately.


Cracker meal is finely ground cracker crumbs; it can be found near the bread crumbs in the supermarket.

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