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Fried Oysters


  • 1 pint fresh oysters, drained
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Essence
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a bowl, combine the buttermilk with 1 tablespoon of the Essence. Add the oysters and marinate for 5 minutes. In a shallow dish, combine the masa harina and flour with 1 tablespoon of the Essence.
  • In a medium, heavy pot with high sides, heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Dredge the oysters in the flour mixture and shake the pieces in a strainer to remove any excess. Carefully add to the hot oil in batches, and cook, turning occasionally, until golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon remove and drain on a paper towels. Season lightly with the remaining teaspoon of Essence.