Recipe By Dorsey
Published Apr 14th
Dorsey’s Fried Oysters
Prep 5m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 4 to 6 servings Calories 168

These are the single-fried oysters that my Mom cooked at the market. A simple and delicious appetizer cooked Chesapeake Bay style.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 pint shucked oysters and juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM
  • ½ cup dry pancake mix

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Combine oysters, oyster juice, egg, salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning. Gently stir in pancake mix to make a thin batter.
  3. 3 Spoon oysters one at a time into hot oil. There should be just enough batter surrounding oysters to coat them but it should not be too thick.
  4. 4 Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 168
  • Carbohydrate 11.5 g
  • Cholesterol 49.1 mg
  • Fat 10.9 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 6.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.6 g
  • Sodium 433.7 mg
  • Sugar 0.5 g

Chef's Notes

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.


  1. Sorry folks but on the Crunch Meter I would only give these a 2. They had about the same crispness and texture as a barely browned piece of toast. Maybe it was the levening in the pancake batter. My oil was EXACTLy he right temp and I cooked the oysters to medium brown. I was - Read more ...
  2. I live in the Chesapeake Bay area and over the years was blessed to have loved ones and friends who fried oysters in season and I got spoiled. They've all gone now and while I can buy them out I missed the homemade ones. I saw this recipe and it was so simple I decided - Read more ...
  3. This fried oyster recipe is by far the best we've tried! I'm a HUGE oyster fan and try them everywhere I go and these top most of the restaurant versions I've had! We love that the breading is so light and crispy and it really couldn't be easier to make. We've used this recipe many - Read more ...
  4. It's simple.. but the flavor and texture is not what I was looking for. I fried them in hot oil.. but they were mushy at the end. Probably a corn meal flour and potatoe flakes mixture would have made them crispy and more to our liking.
  5. I used belgium waffle mix and just dipped them in the mix. this was absolutely incredible! I really love the sweet breading. I used cornmeal on a few to see the difference and the waffle mix was much better by far with its light sweetness. adds the real "yesss" to this dish. I've been eating - Read more ...
  6. Really liked this recipe takes all the time and mess out of how I usually do it (crackered) and I thought they tasted much better this way. So simple to do and very flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing I will use this batter for lots of stuff!!
  7. I have tried many recipies for fried oysters and this is by far the very best and the easiest!
  8. This was my first time to cook and eat fried oysters. It was very easy to prepare and simply delicious.Iused 1 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Thanks Dorsey. A real keeper.
  9. This gave me some of the most satisfying fried oysters I've ever had. And it is so easy. A huge hit on Valentine's Day. But I'll be using this recipe lots. Thanks.