Fresh Oysters With A Mignonette Dressing

4 servings
10 min

Some moments are made for oysters. And there's a reason this classic French dressing has been served along side oysters for 100's of years. This French shallot vinaigrette dressing is a simple classic. The recipe is all about the diced shallots, vinegar and a good pinch of pepper.

Perfect with the natural taste of oysters!

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You only need a few simple ingredients to create this classic but perfectly balanced French dressing:

  • Fresh half shell oyster - we used pacific oyster but find out what oyster are available and sustainable in your region.
  • Shallots / eshallots - for a little sweetness.
  • Red wine vinegar - go for good quality like Forvm brand.
  • Mineral water - leave the tap water in the tap for this elegant dish and go for pure mineral water.
  • Salt and pepper.

How to make a mignonette dressing

To make this recipe you simply combine the diced shallots with red wine vinegar, mineral water and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Then store the dressing in the fridge, which allows it to marinate. And makes it a great recipe for preparing ahead, ready for you to serve with your prepared oysters.

How to store the dressing.

You can store this dressing in an air tight container in the fridge and it will last a few weeks. Making it a great dressing to have ready on the go, this classic vinaigrette dressing also works great with other seafood or salads.

How to prepare half shell oysters?

Half shell oyster's are cleaned prior to packaging. To prepare them, check for any shell that might have been chipped and left in oyster while shucking. Then using your oyster knife or a sharp knife, cut away the muscle that holds the oyster to the shell.

Our delicious French mignonette dressing is a classic way to enjoy oysters!

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Fresh Oysters With A Mignonette Dressing
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1 doz Fresh 1/2 shell oysters See notes
  • 2 Shallots (Eshallots) Peeled, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Mineral water
  • Salt and pepper To taste

Place diced shallots, red wine vinegar and mineral water into a small bowl and mix well.
Season with a pinch of salt and a good grind of black pepper, place in the fridge and allow the dressing to marinate for a couple of hours.
To prepare your oysters, check for any loose bits of shell. Then cut away the muscle that holds the oyster to the shell.
To serve, place the oysters on a bed of ice with a side of the mignonette dressing and enjoy!
  • For this recipe we used pacific oysters, but check what oysters are sustainable in your region.
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