Warm Oysters on the Half Shell with Spicy Ponzu
  • 1 1/2tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1teaspoon mirinJapanese cooking wine
  • 3tablespoons packed shaved bonito flakes
  • 1small scallion
  • 4 oysters
  • 1/4teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1small red Thai or jalapeno chile pepper
  • 2cups very coarse saltfor serving
  • 4fresh citrus leavesor other attractive leaves for decoration
  1. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, mirin, bonito flakes, and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl, pressing and stirring to mix well. Set aside for flavors to develop.
  2. Cut chile pepper lengthwise and remove seeds. Cut lengthwise into fine strips. Strain soy-sauce mixture through a fine sieve, pressing to extract all liquid (discard solids). Add pepper strips.
  3. Select two small dishes (low, flat soup bowls are perfect) and divide coarse salt between them, spreading evenly. Slip citrus leaves into salt on one side for decoration. Slit scallion in half lengthwise and cut into fine strips.
  4. Scrub oysters with a brush under cold running water to remove every bit of dirt. Place in a saucepan, add about ½ cup warm water, cover, and place over medium-high heat. When water begins boiling (about 1 minute), remove lid, lift an oyster out with tongs, and place it on a towel, round side down. Holding the round side firmly in one hand with the towel (be careful to keep the shell level so as not to spill the oyster juices), insert a clean, flat screwdriver or an oyster knife into the pointed end and pry off the flat shell. Gently cut flesh free and leave in half shell with juices. Place on salt bed, snuggling it in so it sits level. Repeat with remaining oysters. Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each oyster, including some chile strips (you’ll have some left over). Garnish with scallion and serve.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Warm Oysters on the Half Shell with Spicy Ponzu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 244mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 10g 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING: 90 cal, 24% fat cal, 2g fat, 1g sat fat, 50mg chol, 10g protein, 7g carb, 0g fiber, 244mg sodium