Grilled Mexican Oysters

Grilled Mexican Oysters being cooked on a grill over live charcoal.
This recipe is provided by VIP Outdoors

There are many ways to cook oysters. This grilled Mexican oyster results in a fresh and flavorful version. There are a few steps to the cooking, as layers of flavor are being added, with the final addition being a spicy Mexican vinegar dressing.

The homemade vinegar dressing removes the slimy texture that some people dislike when eating oysters. The start of the cook is done in the shell before the addition of butter, which helps keep them moist. The final step of cooking is topping it with spicy vinegar.

If you don’t like too much heat, remove the seeds and white pith of the Serrano peppers. Alternatively, you can remove the chili altogether and replace them with bell pepper (capsicum) which is a non-hot yet a flavorful member of the pepper family.

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Close up of a finished Grilled Mexican Oyster sitting on a grill rack.
Once fully prepared the Grilled Mexican Oysters are both tasty and have a great presentation.
A red bowl filled with the dressing used on the cooked Mexican oysters.
Letting the dressing rest allows the flavors to fully fuse before adding to the oysters.
An oyster being shucked in a while kitchen towel.
Place the oyster in a towel so you don’t burn yourself while shucking.
Looking down on oysters being grilled over charcoal.
The oysters start to cook before they are shucked open and the other ingredients added.
Grilled Mexican Oysters being cooked on a grill over live charcoal.
The final step is to add the flavorful dressing to the almost cooked oyster.

Grilled Mexican Oysters Recipe

This recipe is provided by VIP Outdoors.
Grilled Mexican Oysters being cooked on a grill over live charcoal.
There are many ways to cook oysters, this grilled Mexican oyster creates a fresh and flavorful version.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
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  • 1 red Serrano pepper
  • 1 green Serrano pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • handful cilantro
  • 1 cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste

Grilled Oysters

  • 12 oysters
  • 12 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • Slap Your Mamma or similar spicy seasoning


  • grill
  • shucking knife



  • Thinly slice the red and green Serrano peppers.
  • Finely dice the red onion and cilantro.
  • In a bowl, mix together the peppers, onions, and cilantro. Stir in the vinegar and a pinch of salt. Let sit as long as possible for the flavors to combine. 

Grilled Oyster

  • Preheat the grill to high heat, about 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  • Place the closed oysters on the grill to start cooking in their own juices, about 5 minutes.
  • Place an oyster in a cloth and shuck open being careful as it is very hot. Return to the grill.
  • Add a teaspoon of butter to each oyster and a sprinkle of seasoning. 
  • When the butter has melted add a couple of teaspoons of the dressing. After an additional 2 minutes remove from the heat and let sit until eating temperature. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 474IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

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