Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Oysters: Low in Fat
Contrary to what many believe, oysters are extremely low in fat, cholesterol and calories, while being high in essential minerals. Ounce for ounce, oysters offer fewer calories and about the same level of cholesterol as white-fleshed fish, and are much lower in fat, cholesterol and calories when compared to poultry.
Oyster Nutrition Facts
The National Heart and Lung Institute suggest oysters as an idea food for inclusion in low cholesterol diets. Oysters are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1 (thiamin) B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid), and D (calciferol). Four or five medium size oysters supplies the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus.
Tips for Cooking Oysters
- Oysters can be broiled, smoked, sauteed, fried and/or steamed.
- Before eating, look the oyster over carefully for signs of tumors, malformations, red or black colored excretions, and bits of shell.
- If you soak oysters in club soda for five minutes, they usually come out of their shells more easily.
- Fresh water will kill the oyster in the shell and fresh water will make the shucked oysters very soft and lose their flavor. If you are serving oysters on the shell raw, soak them in ice water about 15 minutes prior to opening and it will ease in the opening of the shell.
- Before using oysters in any fried or creamed dish, dry them carefully in an absorbent towel. Allow one quart undrained, shucked oysters for six servings.
- Oysters don't take long to cook. Three to six minutes is usually all it takes depending on the size. The longer they cook the tougher they'll get. Cook them long enough to heat then through. Oyster should never be left standing in the sun.
- You can tell when an oyster is done when the edges curl.
- It is easy to open an oyster by using a beer can opener. Just wedge the point under the hinge at the top of the oyster, then push down hard.
Did You Know?
Because raw oysters are often seen to cause more problems than they solve, the benefits usually go unnoticed. However, the zinc found in oysters can help stave of the flu, heal wounds, and increase male fertility.