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Tips to eat the perfect oyster

07.07.20 | Sounds & Flavours


The first time I tried oysters was many years ago in a restaurant in Lisbon, which was not even known for having oysters. The taste of saltwater mixed with lemon juice and the freshness of the oyster remained on my palate until today.

For a long time, I didn't try this mollusk again until two weeks ago when I went to have a snack in one of the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon and tasted that characteristic taste again. After that, on a day on the beach with friends, I had again a good dose of oysters with incredible quality.

For many people, eating oysters can be something intimidating, when in fact there's not a right or wrong way to taste it. So here are some tips that might help.


Always begin by loosening the oyster. You can use a small fork or knife. Bring the oyster shell to the lip of your mouth and tip slightly.

When the oysters have been shucked, try not to spill any of the water that will remain in the cup along with the oyster.

The bigger your oyster the more meaty and tasty it will be.

A bad oyster will smell bad. If it does smell like that, don't eat it.

You can swallow an oyster whole or bite it so the full flavor profile can be experienced.

The best way to taste an oyster is with drops of lemon juice. You can try other sauces, although I don't think it's the best way to try it.