Oyster Gear

When it comes to shucking oysters, there are many options of tools and accessories to choose from. So what is right for you? After you get the technique down, a lot of it will be personal preference. Here are some tools to help you get the job done in style.

Dexter Russell KnifeThe Oyster Knife

Over the years, my oyster knife preference has evolved. Depending on how you like to shuck (hinge, side, bill), your choice of knife will be different. For me, I started out with the Dexter-Russell Sani-Safe 4″ Boston Style Knife ($15), which has been my go-to knife for many years. It’s versatile enough for any shape and species of oyster, and the bulbed handle gives you good leverage. This knife also comes in a beautiful wooden handle model ($15) but it tends to rust/get dirty a lot easier.

That being said, I am more inclined to use the R. Murphy Wellfleet Shucker (price varies) lately. Now that I feel more comfortable with shucking, I find that the pointy tip makes getting into the hinge or the bill more efficient. If you’re new to shucking, check out my How to Shuck an Oyster video!

Other options to consider:

Deglon 6″ Oyster Knife ($20)

Opinel Oyster & Shellfish Knife ($17)

Dexter-Russell 2.75″ New Haven Style Knife ($18)

The Shucker Paddy ($20)

Hand Protection

Shuck barehanded at your own risk. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I know of some badass oyster shuckers who prefer it that way. As for me, I’d like to keep my palms smooth and cut free. You can either wear a glove or use a kitchen towel.

Oyster Glove

These Kevlar-coated gloves ($9) will usually do the trick, although just to be fair, I have punctured through one of these before while shucking in my hand.

Or if you want to go pro, consider this Stainless Steel Mesh ($70-100) glove. These Youngstown gloves ($26-30) are also pretty legit and handy for other outdoorsy stuff.

Kitchen TowelHalf Sheller

Sometimes instead of using a glove, I prefer to hold down my oyster with a folded kitchen towel like this set ($16) or one of these. It doesn’t have to be fancy or very large. I would suggest buying patterned or dark colored towels. They WILL get dirty.

Shucking Board

I am a big fan of the Littledeer Half Sheller ($40, available through Williams-Sonoma) shucking board. It helps keep the oyster in place and collects grit and juices along the outside ridge. It also doubles as a nice oyster serving tray! It’s an elegant, durable and portable product for the stylish oyster shucker.

Cooking & Serving

There’s more to oysters than just eating them raw. Although I prefer them au naturel, there are tons of tasty cooked oyster recipes out there to try. One of the coolest things you can do is bake/grill an oyster in its shell. The tricky part is to keep it steady so that the juices or whatever the topping is doesn’t spill out. Fortunately, there are a few great tools to handle just that.

BBQ Oyster Grill

I tested out version 1.0 a few years ago, and since then, 2.0 has come out and is even better. This nifty bed-of-needles-like tray will make sure that even the most awkward shell will stay put. The BBQ Oyster Grill is the perfect accessory for every oyster lover’s grilling station.

10818094_794901440555636_2051263538_nLoftin Oyster Shell Stoneware

If you don’t want to even deal with shucking and shells, these Loftin Oysters might be just the ticket. They’re super cute and come in the sweetest little package. Get a pint of shucked meats and get inspired by New Orleans oyster cuisine.

The Oyster Bed

Freshly funded off of Kickstarter, The Oyster Bed is innovative cooking and serving tray perfect for oysters and many other dishes. The design is unlike all other conventional oyster plates in that the crevices all flow into one central cavity.