Pan Fried Oysters Oreganata

Pan Fried Oysters Oreganata

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, fried oysters, oysters
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 681kcal
This indulgent appetizer is one of my favorites, with a crispy crust and tender, briny oysters -- dipped in a buttery herby sauce.
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  • 12 oysters shucked
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 large eggs whipped
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1/2 cup asiago grated
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano grated
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 3 lemons divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • pinch oregano finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 inch olive oil in the bottom of the pan


  • Set up a dredging station with 3 shallow bowls or dishes: 1st bowl is flour, 2nd bowl is egg and half and half. 3rd bowl is panko, asiago, parmesan and oregano.
  • Add enough oil to a heavy skillet (with 3"-4"sides) to reach about 1" in depth and heat to 325°. (Use a thermometer for correct reading).
  • Dredge the oysters in the flour, followed by the egg and half and half and finally the panko mixture.  Transfer the oysters to the pan, cooking no more than 3-4 at a time for about 1-1 1/2 minutes on each side.  Transfer oysters to a tray lined with paper towels and continue with the rest of the oysters.
  • Drain all but two tablespoons of oil and return the pan to the heat.  Add lemon slices and cook, turning once until they are browned.  Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir. Continue stirring while you add butter, one tablespoon at a time to the pan.  Just before the first pat of butter is completely melted, add the next pat.  Continue in this manner until the butter is used and you have a sauce.  Stir in the parsley and pinch of oregano.  
  • Spoon the lemon butter sauce onto 4 plates and top with 3 oysters each.  Serve.


Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 47.9mg | Calcium: 411mg | Iron: 5.8mg