Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters
Quick and easy Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters, with their delectable crunchy cornmeal coating are tasty, briny bivalves, which taste just like the sea.
Servings Prep Time
2servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 1pint fresh shucked oystersdepending on their size there should be around 20 in a pint
  • 2cups buttermilk
  • 1-1/4cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4cup all-purpose flour
  • 1Tbsp Creole seasoningI use Zatarains
  • 1tsp kosher salt
  • 1quart peanut oil
  1. Place a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the oil.
  2. While the oil heats, pour the oysters into a strainer and let them drain.
  3. Pour buttermilk in a medium-size bowl and add the drained oysters.
  4. Place the cornmeal, flour, creole seasoning and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Take the oysters one at a time and dredge in the cornmeal mixture. Toss gently and make sure that the oyster is coated all over.
  6. Place the coated oysters on a metal cooling rack until all of them have been coated.
  7. Use a candy or deep-fry thermometer to test the oil temperature and when it has reached 375 degrees, carefully add the oysters, one at a time. It works best to only cook 6-8 at a time depending on the size of your pan. (Keep the heat at 375 degrees by increasing or decreasing the heat.)
  8. Let the oysters fry for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally or until they are golden brown and the edges are curled.
  9. Use a slotted spoon and remove the oysters from the oil. Place on a paper towel to drain.
  10. Repeat until the rest of the oysters are cooked and serve immediately with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or remoulade.
Recipe Notes


Using a large stock pot or dutch oven with high sides instead of a cast iron pan will keep the oil from splattering all over your stove. And, if you have a screen grease splatter guard it works even better.

The seafood and oil smell can be minimized by boiling several cups of vinegar and water on your stove for about 10 minutes.

The Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters can be served as a tasty main dish or as a delectable appetizer.

Nutrition Facts
Best Southern Crispy Fried Oysters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 657mg 27%
Potassium 435mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 12%
Iron 106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.