Summer Recipe: Grilled Oysters With Cultured Butter and Aleppo Pepper

For a flavorful and show-stopping dish at your next barbecue, this oyster centerpiece is well worth the effort.

Eugene’s chef Iulia Mahu prefers local, sustainable Stella Mar oysters for this recipe. Plan ahead — the beurre blanc needs to be stored in the fridge overnight, but it’s well worth it. Can’t find pequin peppers? Arbol chilies are a good substitute.

Makes 2 dozen


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3 cups white wine vinegar, such as Forum Chardonnay
2 fresh bay leaves
2 whole, dried pequin peppers
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup cultured butter, softened
2 dozen Stella Mar oysters
½ cup panko
2 Tbsp Aleppo pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen


To make the beurre blanc, add vinegar, bay leaves, and pequin peppers to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat and reduce until the liquid reaches the consistency of a glaze, about 20 minutes.

Add the heavy cream and continue to reduce by half without stirring, wiping the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, if needed, to prevent caramelization. Stir in the butter, season with salt and pepper, and chill in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the grill to 450°F. Carefully open oysters, leaving the meat on the half shell. Top each oyster with ½ Tbsp of beurre blanc, ½ tsp of panko, and Aleppo pepper to taste.

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Arrange oysters on the grill, making sure they don’t spill over. Cook uncovered for 7 minutes or until the edges start to curl.


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