How to Grill Oysters on a Kettle Grill (In 5 Simple Steps + 4 EPIC Sauces)

Who doesn’t love oysters?

They are the perfect appetizers and as rumor has it… perfect aphrodisiacs too!

They are very rich in omega 3!. Healthy and tasty – massive win-win!

Many of us enjoy oysters at restaurants, but often get disappointed with the result when we try them out at home.

Not everyone is a pro when it comes to oysters. 

There’s nothing to worry about though. Today, I will be sharing how to prepare delicious oysters on any kettle grill. 

What You’ll Need

  • Oyster knife
  • Weber Grill (charcoal grill, gas grill, wood pellet grill, or electric grill)
  •  2 dozen large, fresh oysters
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Lemon wedges

Want to Try Smoked Oysters?

I bet you haven’t tried smoking your own oysters at home?

They are nothing like the canned stuff, it will blow your mind and tastebuds apart! You can see my smoked oysters recipes here, just make sure to tell your friends how delicious they are!

Now let’s get back into my grilled oysters!

Steps for Grilling Your Oysters

Step 1: Grip each raw oyster open at the top flat side with a folded kitchen towel, careful not to drip the juice called ‘oyster liqueur’ found in the bottom shell. Find the small opening near its hinge and pry it open with an oyster knife.

Step 2: Cut the oyster meat loose from the shell by running the knife underneath. Discard the top shell, leaving the oyster and the juices in the bottom deeper shell.

Step 3: Get the grill ready for direct cooking at temperatures of about 250°F. Scoop like 1 teaspoon of any sauce of your choice over each oyster

Step 4: Grill the oysters with the shell turned down; heat until tender, over direct heat with the lid closed up for about 3-4 minutes, until the oyster juices start to bubble and the edges curl slightly.

Step 5: Using tongs, remove the oysters from the grill

Step 5: Serve with hot sauce, lemon wedge, or any other of your chosen dipping oyster sauce

Grilled Oysters

Want to take oysters to the next level of flavor? You have to try grilling them! Plus I have included 4 of my favorite sauces.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Appetizer, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, grill, lunch, seafood
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 15

Equipment

  • 1 Oyster knife
  • 1 Weber Grill (charcoal grill, gas grill, wood pellet grill, or electric grill)

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen large fresh oysters
  • 1 Hot pepper sauce
  • 1 whole Lemon cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Grip each raw oyster open at the top flat side with a folded kitchen towel, careful not to drip the juice called ‘oyster liqueur’ found in the bottom shell. Find the small opening near its hinge and pry it open with an oyster knife.
  • Cut the oyster meat loose from the shell by running the knife underneath. Discard the top shell, leaving the oyster and the juices in the bottom deeper shell.
  • Get the grill ready for direct cooking at temperatures of about 250°F. Scoop like 1 teaspoon of any sauce of your choice over each oyster
  • Grill the oysters with the shell turned down; heat until tender, over direct heat with the leads closed up for about 3-4 minutes, until the oyster juices start to bubble and the edges curl slightly.
  • Using tongs, remove the oysters from the grill
  • Serve with hot sauce, lemon wedge, or any other of your chosen dipping oyster sauce

Some of My Favorite Sauces

Here is a selection of my favorite dipping sauces. Absolute game changers!

Garlic-Thyme Butter Sauce (Enough For Two Dozen Oysters)

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt

Preparing The Garlic-Thyme Butter Sauce

Step 1: In a small skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté the garlic until it starts to brown for about 2 minutes. Add the green onions, vinegar, and wine and simmer until the sauce reduces by half at a couple of minutes

Step 2: Remove from the heat, whisk in the remaining butter, and stir in the thyme and salt.

Grapefruit-Basil Aioli Sauce (For Two Dozen Oysters)

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparing For Grape-Fruit Basil

Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix

Gorgonzola Tomato Sauce (Enough For Two Dozen Oysters)

What You’ll Need

  • 1 teaspoon minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup vegetable juice
  • 1 Yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horse dish
  • ¼ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese (1 ounce)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
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Procedure

Step 1: Over medium heat on a stove in a small saucepan, melt the butter and sauté the shallot, yellow onions, and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable juice, horseradish, and salt, bring the sauce to a simmer then remove from the heat.

Step 2: After adding the sauce to the oysters, sprinkle the cheese on top of each oyster before grilling.

Asian Butter Sauce (Enough For Two Dozen Oysters)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter

Procedure

Step 1: In a small skillet over medium heat on the stove, combine the oil and ginger and heat until the oil begins to foam

Step 2: Remove from heat; stir in the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and mustard. Whisk in the butter a few chunks at a time until it is completely added and well mixed.

Loved Smoked Seafood?

If you love seafood smoked and on the grill, you need to try some of my other recipes!

Cedar plank scallops

Salt block seared shrimp in honey and lime

Cedar plank salmon with crispy ginger

Know you know how simple it is to grill oysters!

A grilled oyster, accompanied with one of my favorite dipping sauces is a perfect combination. Trust me on this one!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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