Scotch Oysters

One thing I think has always been lacking is the use of whisky in cooking, so I’m on a bit of a mission to come up with uses of whisky in food. My first attempt was with grilled oysters.

For the oysters, I melted about half a stick of butter and let it brown just slightly, then added 2 ounces of peaty whisky (Ardbeg 10 year old this time) and about 2 tablespoons of tarragon, along with a bit of salt and pepper.

Grilling scotch oysters

I got some nice, fresh oysters at a local market, and put them on a medium hot grill for about 2-3 minutes. This gave the oysters enough time to give up their hold on their shell, so it was easy to take a paring knife and pry off the flat half of the shell.

Scotch oyster

The oysters went back on the grill, in the rounded shell half, and I added a bit of the butter/whisky/tarragon mixture, then added a bit of good bleu cheese. I let the oysters bubble until they plumped and curled up a bit, showing they were nicely grilled. They went right from the grill to the table.

Oyster plate

And they were delicious! This is a great way to try oysters, if you ask me. Try this out and let me know what you think…

Oysters done

One thing I will change next time will be to use Black Bottle instead of Ardbeg; it’s just a decent blended whisky that should work great in a recipe like this.

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. Lovely photos and flavor combo!

    • Jaden,

      Thanks for visiting. I was playing around with a skip bleach effect on the photos… I’m glad someone liked it! I’m also revamping the site, moving away from a “review” site, more to an “experience” site, I think. Instead of trying to rate whiskies, I’m just going to give my impressions.

      I hope things are going well with you!
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