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Oyster Rockefeller

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Thinking about a quick easy seafood starter? Make a big impression without the effort? Rockefeller oysters will do the trick. You can make a lovely little appetiser that you and your guests will drool over.  These oysters, topped with spinach and buttery bread crumbs, will disappear faster than you can say Rockefeller. Perfect for a valentines treat or a fancy dinner party!

Total Time: 50 mins | Serves: 2


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 225 g fresh spinach, securely packed
  • 50 g spring onions, coarsely chopped
  • 10 g parsley, leaves and stems, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. 110 g softened butter
  • Anise-flavored liqueur, such as Pernod 
  • 75 g bread crumbs (panko)
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp.
  • For baking, 450 g coarse salt
  • 24 shucked oysters with shells set aside
  • For serving, lemon wedges

Short Instructions

Step 1

(*Preheat oven to 240°C (220°C fan) and place rack in top third. 

Step 2

Using food processor, pulse garlic, spinach, spring onions, parsley, lemon juice, butter, and Pernod until finely chopped.

Step 3

Combine panko, Parmesan, and oil in a medium mixing bowl.

Step 4

Sprinkle coarse salt over a large baking pan to create a layer to about 1.5cm . Place oysters in half shells in a bowl of salt.

Step 5

Equally distributed and add your spinach mixture to each oyster. Top each thereafter with the parmesan mixture. 

Step 6

Bake until mixtures are bubbling and golden brown – should take about 8 mins.

Step 7

Serve With lemon slices on the side.)

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