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Grilled oysters with roasted tomato butter on a white dish with rock salt

Grilled Oysters with Roasted Tomato Butter

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Grilling, Oysters
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 218kcal
These Grilled Oysters with Roasted Compound Butter are truly something special.  Roasting the tomatoes brings out even more of the amazing taste.  And grilling the oysters imparts a slightly smoky taste that just cannot be beat.  Incredible. 
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  • 2 pints Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter room temp, 2 sticks
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 12 medium to large oysters
  • Rock salt optional



  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the garlic, a healthy pinch of salt and pepper, and the thyme.
  • Place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and have begun to release some juice.
  • Transfer tomatoes and juices to a bowl and let come to room temperature (this can be expedited by placing in the refrigerator).
  • In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the softened butter, basil, balsamic vinegar and 1 cup of the roasted tomatoes. Process until completely combined. 
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Leave at room temperature if using immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 week.


  • Prepare grill to high heat, approx. 400°F.
  • Spread a layer of rock salt (or a layer of crumpled foil) in a large cast iron skillet, or pan.
  • Shuck oysters, leaving them on the half shell. Nestle the oysters in the rock salt, or foil.
  • Add 1 to 2 tsp of the compound butter on each oyster.
  • Place the skillet (or pan) on the grill and cook, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes, until the butter is bubbly and the oysters are beginning to curl, slightly. 
  • Serve with additional roasted tomato compound butter on the side.


Calories: 218kcal