Warm oysters with black beans, ginger, and cilantro


by: NuttyChef

I have taken the liberty to classify this as China cuisine as it sits comfortably in that style with expedient and clever use of a few well picked ingredients.


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serves: 4

20 Pacific oysters

1 piece 1-inch (2.5-cm) of fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

1 piece 3-inch (7.5-cm) of hothouse cucumber

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon chopped chives

1 tablespoon Chinese fermented salted black beans

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons dry sherry

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil


Nutrition Facts
Warm oysters with black beans, ginger, and cilantro

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 443

  • Total Fat: 28.3 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 87.8 mg
  • Sodium: 801.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.5 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
  •     Sugars: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 11.7 g

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1.  Preheat the broiler.

2.  Wrap one hand in a fowel and hold the oyster in it, flat shell facing uppermost. Push the paint of an oyster knife into the hinge, Iocated at the narrowest point.

3.  Work the knife back and forth quite forcefully until the hinge breaks and you can slide the knife in between the two shells.

4.  Twist the point of the knife upward to lever up the top shell and locate the ligament that joins the oyster meat to it. lt will be slightly right of the center of the top shell. Cut through it with the knife and lift off the top shell. Keep the bottom shell upright so as not to lose any of the juices, although for this dish you need to pour away half of the juices.

5.  Pour away half of the juices surrounding the meats. Make a thick layer of salt on a heatproof platter or the broiler pan and nestle in the oysters in their half shells (the salt will prevent them from rolling over during cooking). Sprinkle each one with the minced ginger and set aside.

6.  Cut the cucumber into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces, then thinly slice each piece and cut lengthwise into matchsticks. Mix with the cilantro and chives, and set aside.

7.  Rinse the black beans, then chop them up a little. Put them into a small pan with the garlic, soy sauce, sherry, and sesame oil. Leave over a very low heat to warm through.

8.  Broil the oysters, about 4 inches (10 cm) from the heat, for 3 minutes. Sprinkle a little of the cucumber mixture over each one, spoon on a little of the sauce, and serve immediately.

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