Opening an oyster is a three-step process, and it's easier than you think! All you need is a hard, flat surface, a hand towel or protective glove, and an oyster knife.
There's more than one way around how to open an oyster, but for beginners we recommend shucking on a table and going through the hinge. Oyster knives can be found at any cutlery store and there are a variety to choose from. For recommendations, visit our Resources page.
Step 1: Enter through the hinge
Step 2: Sever the top adductor muscle
Step 3: Sever the bottom adductor muscle
Other Shucking Methods
Side-entry method: a technique that helps when you're dealing with oysters that have brittle shells or obscured hinges.
Microwave method: if you need a hands-free way of opening many oysters quickly for cooking, this is a great time saver!
Can Someone Do it For Me?
If you're not in the mood to open your own oysters, but still want to enjoy fresh Fishers Island Oysters at home, consider hiring a shucker! If you're based in New York City, we recommend Open Oyster.