There’s usually no in-between when it comes to oysters: you either find them delicious or you don’t.
At Costa Pacifica, we love a good raw oyster paired with a nice wine or tequila. But some of you may be too embarrassed to ask – how do I properly eat oysters?
We make it simple and leave nothing in the way of you enjoying this delicious seafood treat. Take a look at how you can prepare and eat oysters.
How Do I Open and Prepare Oysters?
Near the East coast and the Gulf of Mexico, restaurants are likely serving Atlantic coast oysters. On the west coast, you’re probably consuming Olympia or Pacific oysters. Though others can potentially be imported.
Regardless of the species or where it comes from, oyster shells are generally the same. But how do you get around the hard shell?
Those preparing the oysters will need an oyster or clam knife that are available at many grocery stores or seafood markets. You carefully slide the blunt knife into the tiny groove that separates the top half from the lower. It’ll take a bit of finagling, but eventually you’ll break the shell loose. Simply remove the top half and use the lower to continue holding the oyster meat.
Fortunately, when you dine at Costa Pacifica, our oysters are already freshly prepared and ready for diners and gourmets to feast upon.
How Do I Properly Eat Oysters?
Many oyster lovers will eat them no other way than raw. When they’re properly cracked open, they’ll still be filled with all of the meat and juices that provide its natural flavor. They’re generally served by the half dozen or dozen, just as we do at Costa Pacifica.
For those looking for an extra bit of flavor to add, consumers will generally utilize a squeeze of lemon juice from a lemon wedge, cocktail sauce, or hot sauce. Use your condiment of choice and simply shoot the oyster meat down using the half shell as an eating utensil. Some people prefer to swallow it whole, but you should chew plentifully to enjoy the wonderful flavors.
That being said, there’s no “right” way to prepare and serve an oyster. There are countless recipes to be found for cooking and preparing oysters if you don’t like raw seafood. Oysters can be roasted, grilled, and you can even bread and fry the meat if you’re looking for something different.
What Pairs Well with Oysters?
There are really no rules when it comes to enjoying your food and drink – stick with what you like. But if you’re a foodie looking for a specific experience, there are certain drinks known for pairing with oysters.
Light alcohol such as a white wine or champagne works well without overpowering the oyster’s natural flavor. If you’re a beer lover, a light citrus beer could be ideal. If you’re looking for a mexican seafood experience, you should pair your oysters with tequila. Many people who love shooting oysters create tequila and oyster shots to enjoy!
The Best Oysters in San Antonio – Costa Pacifica
If you’re looking to try some delectable oysters, come stop by Costa Pacifica. We offer the best Mexican seafood experience available in San Antonio. All of our oysters are prepared and served fresh based on market prices.
Come stop by and try out our excellent cuisine. We’re located at 434 N. Loop 1604 West. Ste. 2101 in San Antonio. Our happy hour runs all day Monday and Tuesday and 3-7 PM Wednesday through Friday!
For more information or questions regarding our restaurant or catering, call us today at (210) 503-9752.