Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

How to Grill Oysters in 2 Tasty Recipes (Video)

After raw (with a cold beverage), one of the best ways to serve oysters is grilled. The fresh, smoky flavors, plus the pure manliness that is grilling anything, make them a pretty perfect meal (and they make the perfect excuse to stand outside over an open flame with a brew-ski for a little while.)

Equal to how great grilled oysters taste is how easy it is to grill them. Once you’ve decided on what you want to put on top, all you really have to do is set them on the grill for a little bit.

Don’t know what to put on your oysters, you say? Well, you’re in the right place. We teamed up with The Macintosh restaurant in Charleston and Toadfish Outfitters, step-by-step video on how to grill oysters above. We’re also sharing two (yes, two) delicious compound butter recipes that were created by chef Jeremiah Bacon (and displayed by chef Jacob Huder in the video).

how to grill oysters ingredients
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Cajun Compound Butter


  • 1 lb unsalted butter soft
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemons zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp espelette
  • A pinch salt and pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne


  1. Place the soft butter into a bowl.
  2. Grate the 3 cloves of garlic into the butter.
  3. Zest the lemon into the butter then add the juice.
  4. Mix the rest of ingredients into the butter mixture. You can add more espelette or cayenne to make it spicier, if you like.
  5. Roll up butter mixture in plastic wrap and cool down (see method in the video above).
  6. Pull as needed.
how to grill oysters bacon compound butter
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Bacon Compound Butter


  • 1 lb unsalted butter soft
  • 1 cup rendered bacon, diced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • A pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Roll up butter mixture in plastic wrap and cool down
  3. Pull as needed.
how to grill oysters grill
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Grilled Oysters


  1. Shuck oyster. (Need to know how? Watch this video.)
  2. Top oyster with a slice of cooled compound butter and place on grill.
  3. Grill until butter melts.
  4. Enjoy!
how to grill oysters cheers
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Before you heat up the grill, don’t forget to pick up a Toadfish oyster knife, which will make step No. 4 so much easier. Toadfish Outfitters is a Charleston-based company that is dedicated to not only creating high-quality products made from recycled materials, but also to making sure that we aren’t the only ones who will be able to enjoy delicious treats such as oysters. Each purchase from Toadfish contributes to environmental causes that help preserve the coastal lands, ensuring that the next generation will also get to reap the beauty and benefits of the area.

Editors' Recommendations

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
From $350 to $1,399: The 5 best outdoor pizza ovens in 2024
ooni koda pizza oven review

Whether you're just starting on the craft of pizzas or you're a veteran who wants to make them in your backyard, you're going to want an outdoor pizza oven. If you have one, you can make your own delicious pizzas for your parties, and even try your hand at different recipes every night for your family's meals. However, with all of the options that you can shop, it may be overwhelming to narrow down your choices to the best outdoor pizza oven for you. To help you out, we've rounded up this list, with explanations on why we're going with these recommendations.

The major advantage of outdoor pizza ovens over traditional ovens is that they're capable of reaching higher temperatures in less time, which is necessary to get a perfectly cooked crust without burning the toppings. With an outdoor pizza oven, cooking will be done in a few minutes, for the ability to make pizzas pretty quickly so your family and friends won't wait for long. The best outdoor pizza ovens offer more than just this though, so if you're looking for something in particular, read on to find the cooking tool that you may have been looking for.
The best outdoor pizza ovens in 2024

Read more
Get creative: How to use hibiscus in your cocktails this spring
How to use hibiscus in cocktails
Alcoholic cocktail with pieces of fruit and berries in a bowl

Hibiscus is a great ingredient to incorporate into your cocktail game. Offering radiant color and a unique flavor, the flower is often converted to tea but also can be used as a syrup, lesser-known liqueur, soda, and more. And we especially like it in a good spring cocktail, as hibiscus is both floral and refreshing.

Why hibiscus in a cocktail? Because your mixology game could use a little creativity. There are enough boring cocktails out there made with the same old lineup of ingredients. Those are fine for regulars, but you're a budding cocktail artist.

Read more
This fan-favorite kitchen brand just launched a new espresso machine collection
We love these espresso machines from KitchenAid
KitchenAid Espresso machine

KitchenAid has been a mainstay in most American kitchens for over a hundred years now. With its time-honored, top-notch appliances that include everything from everyone's favorite stand mixer to ultra-chic and powerful dishwashers, this beloved brand has something for everyone. And while our kitchen countertops are likely already beautifully adorned with a plethora of KitchenAid assistants, it's time to make room for yet another must-have appliance from this illustrious brand.

For those of us who simply cannot begin the day without a perfectly crafted espresso, KitchenAid has gifted us with not just one, but an entire collection of absolutely stunning, fully automatic espresso machines.
The collection

Read more