Crisp-Fried Oysters with Red Chile Vinegar-Black Pepper Dipping Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 28 shucked oysters, patted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • Vegetable or peanut oil
  • Red Chile Vinegar-Black Pepper Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Red Chile Vinegar-Black Pepper Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 2 ancho chile peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • Salt
Directions

Season oysters with salt and pepper on both sides. Place cornmeal in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Dredge each oyster into the cornmeal and tap off any excess.

Heat 1 inch of oil in a large cast iron skillet until smoking. Fry oysters in batches until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minutes on each side.

Serve with the Red Chile Vinegar-Black Pepper Dipping Sauce on the side.

Red Chile Vinegar-Black Pepper Dipping Sauce:

Bring the vinegar to a boil in medium non-reactive saucepan. Add the chilies, turn off the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey and pepper and season with salt, to taste. Serve at room temperature.


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