Create Your Happy | Oysters

I love oysters in any form. I love them raw, cooked, fried. I love them for decor and to wear. They are beautiful and so delicious. I love them so much I basically ate my weight in them for my birthday this year – a tradition I hope to maintain. Thankfully, I live very near the best oysters in the world – Apalachicola. Unfortunately, those farms have been closed due to over farming and pollution. However, local restaurants can still farm for their own use. Since oysters are considered an aphrodisiac and we are heading into the month of love – I thought I would share some of my oyster favorites. 

Recipes – These recipes are some that I have tried and collected over the years. They are sure to be enjoyed by everyone, even those that are most skeptical. Some are easy and simple to make, and others require a little more work but all are especially delicious. 

I love these twists on a simple raw oyster:

Photography - Denise Braki. Styling & food - Jono Fleming.

This is a great guide to the basic flavors of oysters:


This is a spin on the famous New Orleans-style oysters:

This is a great simplified recipe for an oyster classic:

Really Simple Oysters Rockefeller

This may be my favorite way to have cooked oysters:

Grilled Oysters served with a wine butter sauce

This is a great recipe with a new age twist:

Bubbly Baked Oysters Japanese Style Recipe

This is a great classic fried oyster recipe:

Another great fried oyster recipe with a nice level of heat:

Nashville Hot Fried Oysters

Here is a great appetizer dip:

This is another great, warming oyster dip:

This is a great soup for any cold winter day, but also filling an oyster fix:

Oyster and Corn Chowder

Here is a also a great hearty stew meant to warm the soul:

Oyster Stew Recipe

This is a fantastic cornbread stuffing and the perfect side to any dinner:

Fantastic – one of our family favorites:

oyster dressing baked in a cast iron pan

This is a great pasta dish with oysters and perfect for an oyster lover’s entree:

Chargrilled Oyster Pasta

Decor and Wear – Oysters are not only delicious, but they are so fun to use for decorations or for accessories. Here are some of my favorite ways to use oysters in your home or in your wardrobe.

I love the decoupage oyster that you can find in our very own brick and mortar shop!

This painting was created by our very own Lauren James and would be the perfect for your home and oyster love:

I love the use of the oysters for the votive and frame:

I have a necklace that is really similar to this and I get so many compliments! It’s one of my favorites:

Edisto Gilded Oyster Necklace with Recycled Glass Beads

This shell cross is stunning and perfect for any home:

Oyster Shell Cross image 0

I love this bead decor trend and these oyster ones are so fun:

Blue/ Silver Oyster Coastal Blessing Beads image 0

Oysters are delicious and beautiful which make them perfect for the month of love. The recipes bring a wide range of flavors and presentations so you can have a whole feast of oysters if you wish. Not to mention, oysters provide lots of awesome art, decor, and jewelry that are the perfect gifts for your Valentine. I hope you get to celebrate the holidays with oysters just as I plan to as well!


Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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