Recipe By Anonymous
Published Sep 22nd
Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 24 servings Calories 77.3

A seasonal side dish or appetizer with fresh oysters and fennel.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, ground
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fennel greens
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 24 unopened, fresh, live medium oysters

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Prepare and light a grill or preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  2. 2 In a small bowl, blend together the butter, ground fennel seeds, shallots, fennel bulb, fennel greens, pepper and salt.
  3. 3 Arrange the oysters on the grill or oven rack, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until they start hissing and begin to open.
  4. 4 Using an oyster knife, pry each oyster open at the hinge, loosen the oyster and discard the flat shell. Top each oyster with 1/2 teaspoon of the fennel butter. Return to grill and cook until butter is melted and hot.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 77.3
  • Carbohydrate 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol 24.3 mg
  • Fat 7.8 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 1.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.9 g
  • Sodium 109.7 mg
  • Sugar 0.2 g


  1. This was absolutely spectacular. We used the butter on Oysters as well as on scallops and everyone loved it.
  2. This was Fantastic people who were queasy with the idea of eating oysters loved them. The only thing I would do differently is shuck the oysters before putting them on the grill. The recipe suggest heating them up them shucking them I found this a little difficult!
  3. AWESOME! Although I took the basic idea and completed the recipe a bit different. Opened up my Kumamoto oysters on the grill (about 5-7 min as my grill was on 400 degrees). During that time melted Smart Balance and Herbs de Provence (sp?) as I had no fennel seed. Used about 1/2 cup Smart Balance - Read more ...
  4. Really good! We didn't have any fennel seeds (just the whole plant from our CSA) so we left them out - I used the leftover butter on green beans - yum!
  5. This was really really yummy. Use a good meaty oyster. I also recommend using unsalted butter because most oysters themselves are salty enough. A light crisp slightly dry white wine is divine with this dish.
  6. Good but salty next time I would omit the 1/2 tsp of salt all together. It also makes way to much for the small Kumamoto Oysters that we love so much.
  7. I am in culinary school and today's assignment was oysters so I thought I would give this recipe a try. Out of 15 different dishes that were prepared by other students this one was, across the board, the favored. Excellent flavor! I will make it when I have my own restraunt for sure!
  8. Be careful when opening the oysters. Great flavor!
  9. Our whole family really enjoyed these. The flavor was quite different from the way any of us had eaten oysters before. Kids even liked them although I heard a "too slimy" comment or two. The fennel was unique and very much enjoyed. Thanks.