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How to Boil Frozen Oysters

Updated April 17, 2017

While fresh oysters are by far the best way to enjoy an oyster seafood dish, many people don't have access to fresh oysters and make do with frozen ones. Frozen oysters have already been "shucked" -- removed from their shell -- and are found in the seafood department at the grocery store. Frozen oysters may have a slightly different taste and texture than fresh ones but are still a tasty option for oyster recipes.

Thaw the frozen oysters in the refrigerator for a day before cooking them. They can be thawed directly in the bag, but put the bag in a bowl to collect any leaks.

Fill the stock pot two-thirds with water and bring to a rolling boil.

Pour the thawed oysters into the boiling water and boil for at least three minutes. Be careful not to boil them too long as they will become rubbery.

Drain the water into the sink using the colander then use the oysters in your favourite recipe.

Warning

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends cooking oysters at least three minutes in boiling water to kill any harmful bacteria.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-gallon stock pot
  • Water
  • 0.454kg. frozen oysters
  • Colander
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Mary Johnson-Gerard began writing professionally in 1975 and expanded to writing online in 2003. She has been published on the Frenzyness Divorce Blog and on Neumind International Pte Ltd. Her book "When Divorce Hurts Too Long—Ouch" was published in 2009. Johnson-Gerard holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Missouri.