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Fried Oysters Cesenatico

This recipe comes from Karen ( Ilyce is her alias ) who is in a recipe club with between twenty and thirty members, the oldest of whom is eighty-six and the youngest is thirteen, who collect recipes and love to cook.

Karen told me that she is "thirty-four years old, single and loves to cook, among other things. I've been cooking and collecting recipes since I was in my teens and have a very big collection. I collect from magazines, friends, newspapers, brochures, advertising material, and product recipes, the net, recipe groups and a list of other places. If I've taken the recipes from the web or from a magazines, there should be a source but sometimes, over the years, it wasn't collected".


2 Cups olive oil - for frying
2 Dozen oysters - shucked, bottom shells reserved - washed and dried
1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup flour seasoned with black pepper and nutmeg
4 egg whites - slightly whipped
1 Cup fresh bread crumbs

  • Preheat oil to 365ºF.
  • Pick through oysters to make sure there are no shell pieces attached and place in milk.
  • Remove one oyster, shake it dry and dredge in seasoned flour. Remove and dredge in egg whites. Remove, shake off excess liquid, and dredge in bread crumbs. Continue until all oysters are breaded.
  • Place six oysters at a time in hot oil and fry until dark golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Remove and replace in warmed shells.
  • Serve immediately with a glass of Mandois Champagne <click here>

Need to know how to shuck an oyster? <click here>

Serves 4

Karen ( Ilyce )