Fall has arrived here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia – which means, oyster harvests are in full swing in the waters surrounding our little peninsula. From the salts on the seaside, to the sweeter guys harvested out of the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers on the western shore – we have such an amazing variety of oysters in Virginia.

A couple of weeks ago the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s 45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival – an event that’s anticipated all year long. Fried oysters, steamed oysters, raw oysters…a true celebration of the briny bivalve.

I was running around taking photos to earn my keep, in exchange for my ticket. But, I managed to tote over my little portable grill and snag a few oysters to throw on it, to get some photos to share of this super easy way to prepare them with you guys.

Oysters on the half, brushed with a simple garlic-herb butter while on the grill. Couldn’t get easier, delicious, or more impressive. If shucking isn’t your thing, you can steam them until they pop open, and then pry off the top shell – the garlic butter will still keep them plump and juicy.

If you’re really lucky, like I was on this particular day, you may find a tiny friend lurking inside your oyster. Pea crabs are considered a delicacy by many around here, tender yet slightly crunchy little crustacean parasites that like to set up shop inside our oysters. We eat them, but if it’s not your thing – by all means, serve them their final eviction notice before enjoying.

A few minutes on the grill is all you need, just until you see the butter start to sizzle. A little squeeze of fresh lemon juice to finish.  Enjoy them hot, and be prepared to reload the grill. You can’t eat just one!


  1. Posted October 20, 2017 at 2:40 PM | Permalink

    I used to live on Hatteras Island in NC and I SO miss the Ocracoke oysters. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Your recipe is simple and perfect!

    • Posted October 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

      Thanks, Shelby! Our coastal regions here in the mid-Atlantic sure are hard to forget. Love the Outer Banks. <3

  2. Posted October 23, 2017 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    All your recipes sound delicious. I love grilled oysters, but I don’t have a grill!

    • Posted October 23, 2017 at 1:40 PM | Permalink

      Thanks, Megan! The little portable grill I have is great (Weber Q), just runs on a little camp propane tank and is small – but really has some power to it! Have no problem cooking on a windy day on the boat. I’ve also been known to throw them directly onto some logs in the fire pit, as well. In fact – that’s my favorite way to do it. Can’t beat the smokey flavor that the flames impart!

  3. Posted December 17, 2017 at 9:12 PM | Permalink

    I am a big fan of oysters. When I go out for shopping, I sometimes eat them at the street shop. Now I want to make it myself at home. I would like to try your recipe.

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