Recipe courtesy of Cory Schreiber

Oysters with Creme Fraiche, Lemon, and Tarragon

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream

1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon

1 lemon, zest grated

1 1/2 teaspoons undiluted orange juice concentrate

1/2 teaspoon salt

Dash cayenne pepper

Kosher or rock salt, for layering

18 large oysters, scrubbed and shucked, oysters left intact in bottom shell


  1. Preheat the broiler. In a mixer bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the creme fraiche or sour cream until soft peaks form. Stir in the tarragon, lemon zest, orange juice concentrate, salt, and cayenne; set aside.
  2. In a jelly-roll pan, layer the kosher or rock salt 1/4-inch thick. Gently press the oyster shells into the salt to hold them in place. Broil the oysters 6 inches from the heat source for 4 to 5 minutes, or just until they begin to release their juices and the shells pop open slightly. Remove from the broiler and remove the top oyster shell by inserting a butter knife and popping the shell off. Top each oyster with a spoonful of creme fraiche topping and serve immediately.