How To Cook Oysters From a Jar?

how to cook oysters from a jar

Wondering how to cook oysters from a jar? The best method for cooking oysters from a jar is by breading them and frying them over medium heat in oil.

There are many reasons why oysters from a jar are good. First of all, they taste really good and it doesn’t take much time to cook them.

Oysters are good for you because they are low in calories and fat, but high in protein. Oysters also contain many essential vitamins like A, C, D, and B12.

How To Cook Oysters From a Jar?

Oysters are generally available in jars and can be cooked very fast. Some oysters come with their own spicy sauce to compliment the dish. Oysters are high in protein, low in calories, and good for cardiovascular health. One of the best ways to cook them is breading them and frying them on a pan.

In order to bread them, you will need to shuck your oysters. A shucked oyster is an oyster that has been open and you have the meat revealed. Or you can buy pre-shucked oysters (which usually come in a jar).

How To Prepare Oysters From a Jar?

This is a quick pan-fried oysters recipe:

  1. Rinse and dry your oysters and cover them with flour. Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk.
  2. Coat the oysters in egg and then dip into panko bread crumbs for more flour. You can add salt and dried herbs to the second flour or panko mix. Garlic powder, dried parsley, onion and even paprika are a great combo.
  3. Heat the frying pan over medium heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once the oil is warm, add your oysters to the pan in a single layer with space between each oyster.
  5. Cook until the bottom is golden brown (that should take roughly 2 minutes), flip the oysters and fry for another two minutes to get the golden brown coating on both sides.
  6. While your cook the oysters, get a plate ready and put a paper towel on it.
  7. When ready, move your oysters to the paper towel. This will ensure that all the excess fat is absorbed and your oysters have a nice crunch and do not get soggy.
  8. Let cool and then enjoy your fried oysters with cocktail sauce or your favorite dip.

Do You Rinse Oysters in a Jar?

Not necessarily but I advise doing so. The oysters are packed tightly in the jar, and as they shift to compensate for being jarred, those on top will be exposed to added moisture.

Rinsing them quickly before you cook helps remove this unwanted liquid and freshen them up a bit.

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Is It Safe To It Raw Oysters From a Jar?

Yes, all in all, you should be ok if you eat oysters from a jar, but my suggestion would be not to do it. Jarred oysters are usually shucked, and it is not advisable to eat the oyster a long time after it was shucked.

Only freshly shucked oysters should be eaten raw.

How Do You Cook Store Bought Oysters?

First of all, have your bought oysters in a jar or just normal oysters? You can buy both at the store. Jarred oysters will need to be rinsed and the classic oysters will need to be shucked.

You should first drain them and then rinse them with cold water and rub them.

How to cook oysters from a jar has been already covered above. You can follow those instructions to make a fast quick recipe- for example pan-fried on hot oil.

Here is an additional recipe to cook store-bought oysters, oyster casserole.

  1. Get your oven preheated to 425F.
  2. Combine crushed saltine crackers, oysters cut into small peace and margarine. In a separate bowl mix Worcestershire sauce, cream, and the oyster liquid to make a sauce.
  3. Take roughly 1/2 of a can of corn and put it at the bottom of your casserole. Lay 1/2 of your oysters as a next layer and then half of the cracker mixture. Keep layering and when done, pour the sauce mixture over it all and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes, and for additional 30 minutes without the foil to make a nice golden crust.

Best Way To Cook Oysters That Come From a Jar

The best option to cook your oysters that come from a jar is to pan fry them, fried oysters just seems to be the best (at least from my perspective). You can follow the instructions above.

You have many alternatives when it comes to cooking oysters.

  • Fry oysters
  • Use oyster from a jar in a chowder or soup
  • Saute the canned oysters

…just to name a few.

How To Prepare Oysters From a Jar In The Oven?

Another delicious option for your jarred oysters is to bake them in the oven with cheese, cream, and herbs for a bit of decadent treat 🙂

  1. Preheat the oven to broil and place a baking sheet on the second rack from the top of your oven. You can use parchment paper.
  2. Lightly oil a broil-safe baking dish and set it aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine: 
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  5. 1 clove chopped garlic
  6. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 2 teaspoons champagne or white wine vinegar
  9. When you mix everything, add your jarred oysters stir so all the ingredients are combined and oysters are covered.
  10. Pour mixture into a greased broil-safe baking dish. Cover with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and a few twists of pepper.
  11. Put your baking dish to broil (top shelves of your oven) for up to 3 minutes, a good indicator of readiness is when cheese starts to bubble.

How To Cook Jarred Oysters

As you can see from this post, there are quite a lot of ways to cook your shucked oysters. These are of course many ways how to cook freshly shucked raw oysters as well.

You can pan fry them, or bake them in the oven. It can be as simple as coating them with panko, making a casserole, or making a quick 3-minute oyster broiler dish in a baking sheet.


Now you know how to cook oysters from a jar! We recommend the pan-fried option. Cover your oysters with egg mixture, and breading a fry in a pan with oil for roughly 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your oyster. You can use shucked oysters to make many dishes.

Many of the recipes apply to fresh oysters as well.

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