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oysters rockefeller with a slice of lemon on a bed of rock salt on a white platter
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Oysters Rockefeller

When it comes to restaurant classics, Oysters Rockefeller is the king of seafood appetizers. You can still find it on many restaurant menus, but it's slowly disappearing from the culinary scene. The truth is it's easy to make and you'll amaze your friends and family with this ah-mazing appetizer.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 82kcal


  • 24 oysters live in shell
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots finely minced
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 12 oz heavy cream
  • ½ cup Romano cheese
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs


  • Rinse and clean the oysters
  • Carefully open the oysters and using a paring knife cut under the oyster releasing it from the shell. Place the open oysters on a sheet pan and refrigerate until needed.
  • in a large saute pan or wide bottom pot, melt the butter.
  • Add the shallots to the melted butter and saute over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Do not let them burn.
  • Add the spinach and saute until the spinach is wilted.
  • **If you want to add Pernod or white wine, now is the time to add the wine to the pan.
  • Add the lemon juice, heavy cream, Romano cheese and black pepper to the spinach. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Allow the mixture to continue cooking until the cream has reduced by half.
  • Place the finished mixture into the refrigerator. Allow the spinach mixture to completely cool and solidify.
  • Place one tablespoon of the spinach mixture on top of each oyster.
  • Top each finished oyster with the panko bread crumbs.
  • Place the oysters in a 375 degree F. oven for 15-20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
  • Serve the oysters on a bed of rock salt with lemon slices.



Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1384IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg