Recipes For North Carolina Oysters:
This month we celebrate our beloved bivalves – NC Oysters!
Oysters are bivalve mollusks that can live up to 40 years and grow up to eight inches; however, most North carolina oysters are harvested at three years of age, at the minimum harvest size of three inches.
In the early stages of an oyster’s life, it is carried about by currents. As it matures, the oyster sinks to the bottom. To survive, the oyster must land on a hard surface. That is why they are found growing together in clumps or rocks.
Oysters are harvested from October to March with tongs, rakes, or by hand, in intertidal areas and shallow water along coastal NC. They are also caught by dredges in parts of the Pamlico Sound.
Not all oysters are equal and we in NC believe there are none to compare with those found in our coastal tidal creeks and sounds!
Crusty Fried Oysters
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 (12-ounce) container fresh Select oysters, drained
- 1½ cups saltine cracker crumbs
- Vegetable Oil
Combine egg and water. Dip oysters in egg mixture, and roll each in cracker crumbs.
Cook in hot oil (375 degrees F.) for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning to brown both sides. Drain on paper towels.
Yield: 3 servings.