Oysters Rockefeller

Nuvita Biscuits

Oysters topped with a roux full of herbs and vegetables, then combined with bread crumbs and broiled until the bivalves are tender and a delicate crust forms.


  • Rock salt, as needed
    12 oysters, chilled
    4 tbsp. unsalted butter
    4 tbsp. flour
    ¼ tsp. cayenne
    6 scallions, minced
    2 ribs celery, minced
    2 sprigs tarragon, stemmed and minced
    1 bunch parsley, stemmed and minced, plus sprigs to garnish
    Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
    3 tbsp. fresh bread crumbs


1. Fill 2 ovenproof baking dishes halfway with rock salt. Shuck oysters over a bowl to catch their liquor (you should have about ½ cup), discarding flat top shells. Loosen oysters from bottom shells with a knife. Nestle 6 shucked oysters in their shells into each bed of rock salt; chill.

2. Melt butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add oyster liquor; cook until thickened to a paste, about 2 minutes. Stir in cayenne, scallions, celery, tarragon, parsley, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until soft, about 1 hour. Transfer to a food processor, add bread crumbs, and process into a smooth paste, about 2 minutes.

3. Heat broiler to high. Place paste in a pastry bag fitted with a ½” fluted tip. Pipe paste completely over oysters. Broil until paste begins to brown and oysters are just cooked through, about 5–7 minutes. Garnish each dish with parsley sprigs, if you like.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Mackenzie P on Feb 4, 2013

    I had for brunch – at a Brazilian Steakhouse
    – Salad (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, beetroot, almonds)
    – Steaks (Sirloin and Arrachera)
    – Exotic Meats (Crocodile, Ostrich)

    Late Afternoon Snack
    – Can of tuna
    – Apple

    – Fiber Bar
    – Fried Egg

    What about you?
    Don´t worry I´m not gonna go around and poison your food behind your back.

    It´s just a question that striked me as I know some people manage with very little intake of calories, that´s all.

  2. posted by Mike on Mar 16, 2013

    Is there a basic or mostly easy recipe for home cooked Oysters Rockefeller? I am definitely an amateur cook, usually just for entertaining, but I do have some skills. Just looking for a basic recipe, or maybe one with a twist. While visiting St. Pete, FL, I had a dish called Oysters Rockaway. Don’t know it was that restaurants signature dish, or a regional dish… but it was delish. Actually, I believe the name of the restaurant was Rockaway’s, or something close, and it’s actually in Clearwater, on the beach. I highly recommend it. Anyway, would appreciate any really good recipes… Thanks.

  3. posted by rndmaktn on Mar 22, 2013

    I picked up some oysters on Monday. Ate about half and put the other half in the fridge. I’m noticing a slight smell from the bag now but not too bad. Is there any way to tell for sure if they are good?

    Also, can you cook these in the micro? I did them on the grill but didn’t like the way they turned out (too dry). I don’t have a good steamer, so that method is out.

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