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Marinated Bluff oyster appetiser

Serves   12
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins

A simple but sophisticated starter with fresh Bluff oysters, perfect with a glass of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.





  • 12 Fresh Bluff Oysters
  • 2 tbsp white or wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine, dry is preferred
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain oysters thoroughly
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a medium sized pan, add oysters and stir fry for 15-20 seconds
  3. Remove the oysters from the pan and cool
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and saute the garlic until golden brown
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, add remaining ingredients, then cool
  6. Pour cold marinade over the oysters, cover for several hours or overnight in the refridgerator

Serve the marinated oysters on crackers or Melba toast