Oyster platter with homemade hot sauce

Adam Liaw
Oyster platter with homemade hot sauce.
Oyster platter with homemade hot sauce. Photo: William Meppem

Oysters are the perfect entertaining food. They are lovely with a drink and require almost no effort on your part. I usually budget on two oysters for each person, but you know your friends better than I do.


• 2 dozen oysters

• lemon wedges

Oyster hot sauce 

(makes about 1 litre)

• 400g large mild red chillies (or a mix of chillies as you like)

• 2 eschallots, peeled and chopped

• 1 cup white vinegar

• 2 tbsp caster sugar

• 2 tbsp fish sauce

• 1 tsp salt

• 2 tbsp vodka

• juice of 2 lemons


For the hot sauce, combine all of the ingredients except the vodka and lemon juice in a non-reactive saucepan with 750ml of water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place into a blender with the vodka and lemon juice. Blend to a smooth purée, then pass through a sieve to remove any solids. You can skip the straining if you prefer. 

Bottle the sauce into a number of small bottles. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.Arrange the oysters on a platter and serve with the hot sauce and lemon wedges. Keep the remaining bottles of hot sauce to give as gifts. 

Also try: Adam Liaw's katsu finger sandwiches

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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