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Fried oysters and cocktail sauce on white plate square image

Fried Oysters

Our fried oysters are crispy and a little spicy on the outside and moist on the inside. They're perfect for snacking on by themselves or for tossing on a po'boy!
5 from 8 votes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Cajun, Creole
Servings 4 servings
Calories 180 kcal



  • Heat oil to 360 degrees in a deep fryer or a dutch oven.
  • Rinse oysters and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, and hot sauce. Submerge the oysters in the mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and cajun seasoning.
  • Remove oysters from the buttermilk mixture and use your fingers to "pull" off the excess. Then, coat with cornmeal mixture.
  • Drop oysters into oil 6-8 at a time, being careful not to crowd. Give the oil time to heat back up between batches.
  • Let oysters cook 2-3 minutes (depending on size) and pull out when golden brown. Put on paper towels to drain.


  • Cracker meal may be substituted for the cornmeal and flour. 
  • Cajun seasoning may be omitted, but if so add 1-2 teaspoons of salt, according to taste. 


Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 951IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2mg
Keyword oysters
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