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Asian Cajun Oysters

Lightly fried oysters get an Asian spin when paired with a tangy ponzu aioli sauce.

Cooking/Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

Oysters, Appetizer

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  • Fried Oysters
  • 18 fresh oysters, shucked
  • 1 qt. peanut oil
  • Asian spice to taste (recipe follows)
  • 3 eggs, whisked with 4 Tbsp. oyster liquor
  • 1/2 box cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • Ponzu Aioli
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. pickled ginger juice
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha
  • 4 Tbsp. lime ponzu
  • 1/2 tsp. Asian rice seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Ginger Pickled Mustard Seeds
  • 1 cup pickled ginger juice
  • 2 Tbsp. pickling spice (tied up in a cheesecloth)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lime ponzu
  • 1 cup mustard seeds
  • Goat Cheese
  • 1 cup honey goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sweet miso
  • 1 Tbsp. ponzu
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 4 Tbsp. brown butter
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cups Malto¬©
  • 2 Tbsp. ground toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. Asian rice seasoning
  • Pop Rocks
  • 2 Tbsp. sparkles
  • 1/2 Tbsp. wasabi powder
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • Salad
  • 1/3 English cucumber, cut into small sticks
  • 5 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 red radishes, sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp. juice from pickled mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. lime ponzu
  • Micro cilantro


Fried Oysters

1.) Add oysters to egg wash, soy and buttermilk. Heat peanut oil to 350° (you want a quick fry with a crispy outside and soft inside). Season cornstarch with Asian spice and add oysters. Fry for 3 minutes until crispy and golden brown.

Ponzu Aioli

1.) Add all ingredients except for the oil to a blender. Slowly drizzle in the oil until it is completely incorporated. Keep cold until needed. 

Ginger Pickled Mustard Seeds

1.) Add all ingredients except for mustard seeds to a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Add seeds, turn off flame and cover for 5 minutes. Add to a deli cup and chill until needed.  

Goat Cheese

1.) Mix all ingredients together and keep cold until needed. 

Sesame Seeds

1.) Mix all ingredients together to form a powder. Add additional amounts of Malto in small quantities, a little at a time, as needed. 

Pop Rocks

1.) Mix all ingredients together completely. Add to an air tight container until needed. 


1.) Mix all ingredients together and toss.

*To serve, add rock salt to a plate and set oyster shell halves on top. Top each shell with a fried oyster, then top oysters with aioli, sesame powder, mustard seeds, miso-whipped goat cheese and petite salad. Finish the dish with wasabi pop rocks.