Gonzo’s Fried Oysters

ScreenHunter_268 Jan. 02 11.04Try fried oysters Gonzo-style. Simple, easy to make, and delicious!

  • Prepare oysters by carefully shucking a dozen using oyster shucking knife and shucking board.
  • Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Combine flour, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (or see list of spices below for your own seasoning mix), salt and black pepper.  Dredge oysters in flour mixture, dip in egg and roll in bread crumbs.
  • Carefully slide oysters into hot oil. Cook five at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain briefly on paper towels. Serve hot.


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 16 freshly shucked oysters, about 1 pint, drainedIMG_8902
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning or to taste.

Other option – switch out Chachere’s seasoning for these ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1  tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Discover Your Pearl!

ScreenHunter_114 Nov. 15 15.26What makes an oyster knife invaluable to the oyster shucker? The grip, the fit, durability, sharpness and thickness of the blade, and the ease of shucking the oyster.

Who would love unique, one-of-a-kind oysterScreenHunter_119 Nov. 18 15.46 knife? You know who they are. Don’t wait until Black Friday! Click on Gonzo’s knives to see the full display of Galveston, Low Country, and the original New Orleans Shucker. They make great gifts for family members and friends. TIP of the Week: If you use a shucking board, you may have a safer shucking experience and probably save yourself a trip to the ER. Also, think of a project to recycle your oyster shells. ‘Tis the season!





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Oyster Lover’s Unite

IMG_9147People who care about oysters care about oyster knives. Period. And people with friends or family members who love oysters will IMG_6383love these shucking boards too. Some people will shuck for hours at a time and relish every briny minute of it, and they deserve a quality piece of equipment to do their bidding.  With this in mind, I hand-forged oyster knives and these will make perfect gifts. So do you need to find a present that is unique, creative, and a work of art? These items will be great for holiday gift-giving, for weddings and groomsmen, house-warming events, or these items make a great gift to give to yourself “just because” you deserve it! These are just a few reasons a hand-carved oyster shucking board and knife should make your wish list!

Image Left: Oyster Knives

Image Right: Hand-carved Oyster Shucking Board  and Antique Railroad Spike Oyster Shucking Knife