Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette




I mentioned in the How to Shuck an Oyster video that oyster farming isn’t like farming fish or shrimp, that farmed oysters eat what exists in nature. By this I meant that a farmed oyster’s diet is the same as that of a naturally raised oyster. Unlike fish and shrimp, where they pack them into ponds and feed them crazy stuff like rice, corn and blood meal. While I don’t agree with all Mariculture, I do agree with some…

The picture below shows a guy cleaning out an oyster lantern, the floating basket that farmed oysters are raised in. I have seen these baskets in Alaska and I’m a huge fan of oysters raised there. The clean, pristine and extremely cold water create an oyster that is next to none.


In today’s video, I show how to make a simple mignonette. Mignonettes come in all shapes and sizes, but at their root you’ll find vinegar and pepper. Be as creative as you want by adding cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, jalapenos, etc…

In the video I mention the ladies at the Atchafalay Visitor Center, just west of Baton Rouge, LA. As it turns out, it is the Atchafalaya Basin Welcome Center. If you are ever in the area, Geaux work out at Geaux CrossFit, just be careful about the early morning class, the trainer is ornery. And, be sure geaux see the nice ladies and the talking animals at the Welcome Center and eat four pounds of crawfish at Crawfish Town USA in Henderson, LA.

Louisianna is a long way from Alaska, but there is one thing they have in common… Oysters!

Hasta Manana,

Paleo Nick

Basic Mignonette Sauce

Ingredient List:

  • ½  cup vinegar, champagne, red, white, or apple cider, just not balsamic
  • 2 tablespoon shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground red chili, to taste

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  3. Enjoy with Oysters on the Half Shell.

“Keep It Paleo!”


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