Crispy Fried Oysters

These are classic Southern-style fried oysters with that delicious crispy cornmeal coating. Serve hot with lemon wedges and tartar or cocktail sauce. These also make a great sandwich filling.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 3 large eggs
  • 24 large raw shucked oysters
  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  • Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Add oysters and stir to coat thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, Cajun seasoning, and pepper in a large food storage bag. Working with a few at a time, let excess egg drip off of the oysters and put into the bag. Shake gently to coat oysters thoroughly.
  • Heat oil to 375°F in a deep fryer.
  • Fry oysters in batches for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain.