Dirty Oysters (Tin Fish Restaurants Copycat)

I had guests this weekend, and we all like to cook. That meant no restaurants and visits to a few grocery stores for ingredients so we could each make something. I mentioned my love for dirty oysters, a favorite dish from Tin Fish Restaurants, so one of the dishes I made was this copycat version. Yes, it’s a bit decadent, but the tastes and textures are just amazing!

The Ingredients

Sounds like a splurgy recipe, doesn’t it? It kind of is, but it isn’t a expensive as you might think. Here’s what I paid:

  • 1 dozen Atlantic oysters $9.79
  • 2 oz. Romanoff black lumpfish caviar $7.99
  • 8 ox. Vermont Cremery creme fraiche $3.99
  • 1 Vidalia onion $0.79

Total Cost: $22.56

Dirty Oyster Ingredients
Oysters, caviar, creme fraiche and onion

The Process

I had never shucked an oyster until I decided to make this dish. Thankfully, one of my guests had, and he gave me lessons. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, but you will need a few supplies:

  • Small scrub brush (to clean the shell)
  • Towel or washcloth (to hold the oyster as you shuck it)
  • Oyster knife

And here is a great tutorial I found on YouTube:




Dirty Oysters (Tin Fish Restaurants Copycat)
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Dirty Oysters (Tin Fish Restaurants Copycat)
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Raw oysters topped with caviar, creme fraiche and sweet onion.

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 12 Raw Oysters * I used Atlantic
  • 1 2 oz. jar Caviar I used Romanoff Black Lumpfish
  • 4 tbsp Creme Fraiche
  • 1 Vidalia or Bermuda Onion
Instructions
  1. Rinse and shuck oysters, discarding any that are open.

  2. Peel and mince onion (I used about 1/8 of a whole Vidalia onion).

  3. Top each oyster with 1 teaspoon creme fraiche, 1/8-1/4 teaspoon minced onion, and 1/8 teaspoon caviar. Serve cold.

Recipe Notes

* Consuming raw or undercooked shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. If unsure of your risk, consult a physician.

Dirty Oysters (Tin Fish Restaurants Copycat)
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