Food and Drink

Recipe: Beer Battered Oyster Sliders with Special Sauce

While traditionally considered the domain of Champagne, oysters are a surprisingly fine food match to a beer such as Stella.  A refreshing brew with a malty middle and crisp finish, Stella Artois has a full, pleasantly bitter flavour that perfectly enhances and contrasts the creamy, salty flavour of these fresh Coromandel oysters.

So you can create a perfect pairing at home, Genie De Wit from Bunny Eats Design has created a delicious recipe for Beer Battered Oyster Sliders with Special Sauce by Bunny Eats Design. 

These sliders stretch a dozen fresh oysters to feed four. And of course, if you can’t be bothered with the whole sliders thing, you can totally have beer battered oysters on their own, just follow steps 1 to 3 in the recipe below.

Beer battered oyster sliders
Makes 12 sliders

Ingredients
1 dozen fresh oysters
1 cup sifted plain flour, plus 1/2 cup for dredging
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup very cold Stella Artois
1 litre cooking oil
12 slider buns, halved and gently toasted
Special sauce (see recipe below)
1/4 iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

Preparation
To make the batter, in a medium size bowl and mix together the flour, panko, baking powder, salt and smoked paprika. Slowly add 1 cup of beer* whisking until combined. Rest for 10 minutes.

Prep the oysters. Work in batches, four oysters at a time. Cut the adductor muscle and work a knife around the oyster, gently removing them from their shells. Release each oyster into a bowl of flour, shake and toss the oysters so they are well coated in flour. Shake excess flour from each oyster and then dip into the batter

Heat 1 litre oil in a saucepan, dutch oven or fryer. The oil is hot when a drop of batter sizzles right away. Carefully place the four oysters into the oil and cook for 2 minutes turning once, until crispy and golden. Drain, place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining oysters. Season with salt and pepper.

To assemble sliders, spread special sauce on the inside tops and bottoms of toasted slider buns. To the bottom bun, add a mound of lettuce followed by a beer battered oyster and sliced red onion. Crown with top bun and secure with a bamboo skewer. Serve immediately with an ice cold Stella Artois. Enjoy!

*Don’t let it go to waste! Feel free to drink the remaining beer in the bottle while you prep.

Special sauce

Ingredients
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon gherkin, finely chopped
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon American mustard
A dash of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation
Place all ingredients in a jar and stir well until combined.
Pop in the lid and refrigerate until required.

This sauce is great with sliders, burgers, fries and even on a wedge of iceberg lettuce.

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