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Oysters Rockefeller, a dish of legendary opulence, epitomizes luxury dining. Created in New Orleans, this exquisite recipe blends the rich flavors of fresh oysters with a delectable topping, baked to perfection. Perfect for a lavish dinner party or a sophisticated soiree, here's how to recreate this classic.

Oysters Rockefeller


  • 24 fresh oysters, shucked and left on the half shell
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Pernod or anise-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, preferably Panko
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1.  Preheat Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Prepare the Topping: In a sauté pan, melt half of the butter over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots, cooking until softened. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat, and mix in Parmesan cheese, Pernod, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  3. Mix in Breadcrumbs: Once cooled, stir in the breadcrumbs and remaining butter until well combined. The mixture should be moist but not overly wet.
  4. Assemble the Oysters: Arrange the oysters on a baking sheet. Spoon a generous amount of the spinach mixture on top of each oyster.
  5. Bake: Bake the oysters in the preheated oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the topping is golden and bubbly.
  6. Serve Immediately: Serve the oysters hot, garnished with lemon wedges on the side.

Final Touch:

Presentation is key for this luxurious dish. Serve on a bed of rock salt or crushed ice, garnished with fresh parsley or watercress for an elegant touch.

Enjoy this sumptuous dish, a testament to the art of fine cooking and the joy of indulgent eating.

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