Crispy Fried Oyster Appetizer with California Avocados

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Serves: 1

3 Pacific Oysters, medium-sized 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten As needed vegetable oil for frying 6 thin mango slices 1/4 oz. napa cabbage, chiffonade 1/4 oz. red cabbage, chiffonade 1 Tbsp. Creamy Cilantro Dressing (recipe follows) 1 Tbsp. Kimchi Vinaigrette (recipe follows) 1/4 Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded, diced As needed Micro greens for garnish Creamy Cilantro Dressing (Yield: 1/4 cup) 2 oz. sour cream 1 tsp. cider vinegar 1 tsp. half and half 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro As needed Salt and pepper to taste Kimchi Vinaigrette (Yield: 1/2 cup) 1 Tbsp. kimchi 1 Tbsp. kimchi seasoning 2 tsp. Korean chili paste 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 green onion, finely chopped 1 tsp. minced cilantro 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar 1 1/2 Tbsp. canola oil 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil 3/4 tsp. fish sauce As needed sugar to taste

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

Kimchi Vinaigrette:

  1. Place all ingredients except green onion and cilantro in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add sugar as needed. Mix in cilantro and green onion.

To Assemble:

  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a deep, heavy pot on the stove to 350°F.
  2. After shucking oysters, drain in a colander. Dip each oyster in flour, shaking off excess, then dip into egg, then panko.
  3. Gently place the oysters in the hot oil and fry for 1-3 minutes, until golden. Remove oysters and let drain on a paper towel lined tray.
  4. On a plate, arrange the mango slices in a star pattern from the middle of the plate fanning out.
  5. Mix cabbages together in a bowl with 1 Tbsp. of creamy cilantro dressing and salt and pepper. Place this mixture in the center of the mango star.
  6. Place oysters around the cabbage forming a point in the middle. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. Kimchi Vinaigrette around the oysters and on the mango. Add the diced avocado around the plate and top the oysters with micro greens. Serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

It’s actually easy to create an avocado rose. If you are setting out a spread of appetizers, add a beautiful avocado rose to elevate the appeal. Or if you are looking for more casual appetizers try these California Avocado snack recipes.

Recipe Categories: Appetizers Foodservice Seafood

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


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