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Home > Recipes > Oyster Recipes > Grilled Oysters with Spicy Tarragon Butter


  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons chopped tarragon

  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3 dozen medium to large oysters, such as Gulf Coast or Bluepoint


  • Light a grill. In a food processor, pulse the butter with the tarragon, hot sauce, salt and pepper until blended. Transfer the tarragon butter to a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it into a 2-inch-thick log. Refrigerate the butter until slightly firm, about 15 minutes. Slice the butter into 36 pats.

  • Place the oysters on the hot grill, flat-side up. Cover the grill and cook until the oysters open, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the oysters to a platter, trying to keep the liquor inside. Quickly remove the top shells and loosen the oysters from the bottom shells. Top each oyster with a pat of tarragon butter and return the oysters to the grill. Cover the grill and cook until the butter is mostly melted and the oysters are hot, about 1 minute. Serve right away.

    Make Ahead

    The tarragon butter can be refrigerated for 5 days.

    Suggested Pairing

    Oregon's cool climate often results in Chardonnays with firm minerality and appealing spice, a good pairing for these tarragon oysters.

    Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine