Eat the Seasons… November

Oyster Thermidor

Serves 4


  • 24 Native Oysters, in their shells
  • 55g Butter
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vermouth
  • 140ml Chicken Stock
  • 140ml Fish Stock
  • 140ml Double Cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard, to taste
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 55g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 200g Samphire


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200oc, 400of, gas mark 6.
  2. Open the oysters carefully, retaining the juice. Cover them with a clean cloth but do not refrigerate.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and add the shallot. Cook gently without colouring.
  4. Add the vermouth, oyster juice and stocks. Cook until the volume of liquid has reduced by two thirds.
  5. Add the cream and cook until the volume has reduced by half.
  6. Shuck the oysters, pry them from the shells and set aside. Clean the deeper shells and lay them on a tray.  Put a little of the sauce in the base of each shell.  Lay an oyster in each shell and transfer to the oven for two minutes.  Preheat the grill to hot.
  7. Stir the mustard into the remaining sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the egg yolks, followed by the parsley and half of the parmesan.
  8. Take the oysters out of the oven and pour a little sauce over each one. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top.
  9. Cook the samphire in a pan of boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes, or until tender.Drain well.
  10. Meanwhile grill the oysters to glaze them. Serve with the samphire.


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