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Pan Fried Oysters on a white paper with lemon wedges

Fried Oysters Recipe

This pan fried oysters recipe is crispy, briny, and the perfect easy seafood appetizer or entree.
Course Appetizer or main, Appetizer or Tapas
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer recipe, Fried oysters, Deep fried oysters, pan fried oysters
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 258kcal


  • 16 oz fresh oysters, shucked
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups seafood breader
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying (about an inch depth)
  • optional garnish: chopped green onions, lemon wedges


  • Rinse and drain oysters in a colander. Pat dry.
  • Add buttermilk to a bowl.
  • In another bowl add seafood breader with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat using about an inch depth of oil. You'll know it's ready when a little bit of the breader sprinkled in starts to sizzle.
  • Dip a few oysters into buttermilk then dredge in seafood breader mix, coating well in each.
  • Add oysters in batches, turning once during frying until golden brown on all sides. Remove quickly with a metal spoon as they will cook almost instantly.
  • Optional: Garnish with green onions and serve with lemon wedges on the side.



Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg