This traditional steamed oysters recipe is from the Chesapeake Bay region.


oysters in the shell, 12-18 per person.
2 cups water or beer.
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup brown vinegar


Note: It is important to have the correct amount of water and oysters in the steamer.

  1. Add about 2 cups of water or beer, or enough to be 3/4 inch deep in the steamer.
  2. Boil on high heat about 5 minutes or until the steam rolls out when the lid is opened slightly.
  3. Add oysters and an additional cup or so of water and cover, heating on medium heat.
  4. Steam oysters about 5-10 minutes, or until the majority of the oysters are open. Do not overcook.
  5. Serve hot, with bowls of melted butter and vinegar as condiments.

Servings: Depending on size, 24-36 oysters will feed 2 adults.
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 15

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