Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell


Cooking oysters on the grill is easy and delicious! You can cook them shucked or unshucked, and they only takes a few minutes on the grill. Then, simply top with Parmesan cheese and a little bit of parsley, and you’ll have yourself an impressive appetizer.

Source: Robb Walsh, barbecue expert and cookbook author, Zen BBQ
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 dozen oysters in the shell, fresh or frozen
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Prepare a hot fire for direct-heat grilling in a charcoal or gas grill.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, being careful not to let it brown. Stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper, then remove from the heat. (This can be done on the grill.)
  3. You can shuck the oysters, leaving them on the half shell. Or, you can put the unshucked oysters on the grill grate, and when the shells pop open, remove the top shell from each oyster (you’ll need an oven mitt and tongs).
  4. Spoon the butter mixture evenly over the oyster meats and grill for 3 – 5 minutes, until cooked through. Transfer to platters and sprinkle with a little Parmesan and parsley. Serve at once.

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