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How to Eat Oysters | What's Eating Dan? [VIDEO]

By Cook's Illustrated Published

Raw oysters are one of life's greatest joys. Dan clues you in to everything you need to know to enjoy them at home.

Guess what Dan's favorite food is? Hint: It miiiiight just be oysters. Follow along to learn more about the different varieties and all about how to buy, store, prep, and eat them. 

Recipe Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters are diverse, sustainable, increasingly accessible, and festive—and preparing them in your own kitchen is eminently doable.

Recipe Red Wine Vinegar Mignonette Granité

Creating a textured twist on the classic mignonette required simply mixing up the ingredients—vinegar, water, shallot, and sugar—freezing the mixture in a shallow bowl, and then scraping the frozen sauce with a fork to create icy flakes.

Recipe Lime-and-Soy-Marinated Scallions

Marinating scallions in a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar made for a savory, concentrated alternative to the sauces typically served with oysters.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

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CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.