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How To Shuck An Oyster

Scout Canning's Charlotte Langley proves that it's easier than you think.
By Charlotte Langley
How To Shuck An Oyster

Produced by Aimee Nishitoba. Photo by Carmen Cheung. Food Styling by Matthew Kimura. Prop styling by Madeleine Johari. Step photos by Erik Putz.

Inspired by our seafood tower feast to shuck your own oysters? We highly recommend it!

How To Shuck An Oyster

Gather your tools: clean kitchen towels, an oyster knife, a serving platter filled with ice and a bowl for leftover shells.

How To Shuck An Oyster

Set oyster belly-side down on a clean tea towel. Grip large end of oyster with the towel for protection, exposing the hinge (I call it “lock of the door”) on the other end.

How To Shuck An Oyster

Work the oyster knife tip into the hinge with your dominant hand and, with a twist of the wrist, crack open the lock.

How To Shuck An Oyster
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Remove and wipe the knife, then continue slicing along the shell. Flick open the top shell away from you.

How To Shuck An Oyster

Examine oyster for debris or shell fragments, gently removing any with the knife, and give oyster a quick smell test for freshness. Discard any oysters that smell off.

How To Shuck An Oyster

Slide the knife under lower abductor muscle in a single, confident movement. Set oyster on the ice-filled platter.

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