How to Smoke Oysters?

Do you know that you can smoke oysters? Yes, it is possible to smoke oysters and enjoy them. Are you ready to learn how to smoke oysters? 

If yes, continue reading.

Smoking Oysters Without Shell

Before getting into the actual process you need to know the ingredients that are used.

  • A pack of oysters
  • Wood chips
  • Boiled and salted water

This part of the article is for people who don’t like looking at fresh oysters. You don’t have to skip anything if you’re like me and like cracking a few black, little bowls of goodness.

Don’t eat a lot of oysters from the shell, it will give you a slight poisoning. After cracking open the oysters, it’s time to chill them.

You should clean and pile them up. Coldwater is enough to cleanse them. Slowly slide your fingers over the pieces.

Did you own a steel strainer? Put it to good use. You need a big bowl of boiling water. The water needs to be salted. It is time to cook the babies.

The result will most likely be the same if you don’t have a regular-side smoker. The oysters should be put on the smoker.

Remember to turn them up every 10 minutes after 30 minutes of sitting. If you like your oysters, the cooking time can be extended to 60 minutes.

Remove them from the smoker after the cooking is done. Add some of your favorite seasonings to the oyster plate. I like to put garlic on the side with BBQ sauce. 

Smoking Oysters in the Shell using Electric Smoker


The procedure is the same as discussed above. But instead of using a big smoker, we will use an electric smoker. 

Ingredients you need:

  • Oysters
  • Electric smoker
  • Your favorite seasonings
  • Salt
  • Boiling water

Before smoking them it is better to boil the oysters. This will kill the bacteria present in the oysters.

  • First pour two small cups of salt into the boiler.
  • Once it started boiling pour every oyster into the boiler.
  • Boil them for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the oyster on the steel plate and put them inside the smoker.
  • You need to wait for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • That’s it. Now your dish is prepared.


What Is The Difference Between West Coast and East Coast Oysters?

The differences between West Coast and East Coast oysters include where they were raised and grown, and how they’re processed.

West Coast oysters are grown on farms along the Pacific Northwest and Alaska coastline. They are harvested when they reach about 7-8 mm thick and have a fresh, mild taste.

East Coast oysters are grown on the Atlantic coast. Because of this difference in growing, harvesting, and processing, East Coast oysters tend to be larger (about 5-10 mm thick) and brinier than West Coast oysters.

How Do You Open an Oyster?

Most oysters are held closed by a muscle called the adductor muscle, which attaches to the bottom shell.

To open a fresh oyster you must use the muscles of your upper arm and hand, so be gentle when pulling and never twist or squeeze.

How Long Do you Smoke Oysters in the Shell?

For this recipe, you want to smoke them long enough to have the right taste but not so long that they will be over-smoked.

We recommend smoking them for 15-20 minutes. Check them at the 15-minute mark and continue until they are to your liking. Remove the oysters from the shell and enjoy!

What Temperature Do You Smoke Oysters At?

The temperature at which you smoke oysters can have a major effect on their taste and texture.

When smoking at around 200° F/95° C, you will end up with smoked oysters that are firm and crisp. When smoking at higher temperatures, they will be very soft and tender.

What Sort of Wood Should You Use to Smoke Oysters?

There is not one specific wood that makes smoked oysters better than any other. However, you should keep the following in mind when using a block of wood for smoking oysters. 

The smoke flavor will be stronger when the smoking time is shorter. Pine or fir woods have an acidic taste.

They work well with sweet and mild flavors like butter, cheese, and wine.

Oak and maple woods are heavier and produce stronger meatier flavors. They are best for bold, pungent flavors like garlic, pepper, hot pepper, and ginger.

How to can oysters?

It is the best way to cook oysters. They can be used to make soup, dip, chowder, casserole, and so on.

How to eat smoked oysters?

It’s possible to eat smoked oysters in many different ways. The best way to eat smoked oysters is with a little barbecue sauce.

It’s up to you, and you’re free to eat them however you want.

How to make smoked oysters?

Extra cooking is often not required for smoked oysters. You can use the frying pan if you insist on cooking them further.

Take oysters out of the shell, apply a little oil to a frying pan, and cook for 10 minutes on each side.

How to smoke oysters on a grill?

Put your favorite seasoning on the oysters and let them sit on the grill for 45 minutes. Once the color turns golden, they are ready.


So, these are some of the best ways to smoke oysters. I hope you liked this post. You can also read our post on how to make beef sticks. So, do read it and get some great ideas.

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