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Oysters Rockefeller

My husband and I are oyster farmers, and this classic dish always delights our guests. It's deliciously simple! —Beth Walton, Eastham, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds kosher salt
  • 3 dozen fresh oysters in the shell, washed


  • In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add spinach; cook and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese, lemon juice and pepper.
    Spread kosher salt into 2 ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Shuck oysters, reserving oyster and its liquid in bottom shell. Lightly press oyster shells down into the salt, using salt to keep oysters level. Top each with 2-1/2 tsp. spinach mixture.
    Bake, uncovered, at 450° until oysters are plump, 6-8 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 oyster: 79 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


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  • Catherine
    Oct 1, 2020

    This is a very good recipe. Added a bit more lemon juice and served with a touch of pastis on the side. Highly recommend this recipe!

  • Cindy
    May 23, 2020

    I've used this recipe over and over again! These taste exactly like the ones from our favorite seaside restaurants! Thank you for the spot on taste! And for the review saying 'tastelessness', just be creative and adjust the ingredients to your taste!

  • Naomie
    Sep 27, 2019

    Having cheese in Oysters Rockefeller is a new one for me. I also always used the oyster liquor and a dash of Absinthe, Pernod or Herbsaint, depending what I had on hand. Since I was making for people that had an aversion to raw oysters, this recipe looked promising. So I proceeded with caution. Turned out better than anticipated. Not one left. I am an oysters on the half shell girl and can easily put away a dozen on my own. Never met an oyster I didn't like, yet understand those that are a bit squeamish. This recipe is perfect to introduce non seafood lovers to broaden their horizons. Always a fun happy hour appetizer when I can get fresh oysters. Give them a try!

  • Ray
    Aug 31, 2019

    Don’t even bother with this recipe... tastelessness defines.

  • OwlTree
    Oct 28, 2018

    If there is a perfect recipe, this is it. Even people who don't like oysters, love these. Personally, I never met an oyster I didn't like (as long as they are fresh). If your seafood store will not shuck the oysters for you, instructions are available on the internet. Sure to impress your guests.

  • Lynneth
    Dec 3, 2017

    Hardest part is shucking oysters. Seafood store did that for me, so only work was making the topping and broiling them. I used a muffin pan instead of rock salt to hold the oysters in place; worked great. Huge hit for my guests, enormous crowd pleaser and super easy.

  • dcinneligh
    Dec 16, 2012

    People who say they don't like oysters, love this. You can make it ahead of time, and put them on the grill for 8 minutes. We did the first batch where we boiled them, then they were easy to open, but a little bit rubbery. Then my husband used a grinder to open them, and it worked great. So easy to make and you can make adjustments. We added some hot sauce or bacon to change the flavor. Very good basic recipe that you can change according to your taste

  • dmcaferty
    Jan 26, 2011

    These oysters are really tasty, but rich. You can't really eat to many at one time. This is a perfect appetizer for a steak dinner. The hardest part is shucking the oysters. If you don't have an Oyster knife you can use a flat head screw driver. I had to look on the internet for instruction on how to shuck. Once you learn how it is not too hard, but is time consuming. The sauce you put over the oysters is pretty easy to make but is awesome combined with the flavor of oysters.