Smoked oysters with pickled blueberries recipe

Three Blue Ducks' oysters and pickled blueberries.
Three Blue Ducks' oysters and pickled blueberries. Photo: Edwina Pickles

The oysters are cooked on the barbecue in their shells, so technically they are more steamed than smoked. You still get a lovely, smoky flavour as any juices drip onto the fire, making the coals smoke. The punchy, sweet blueberry vinaigrette is a lovely complement to freshly cooked oysters.


100ml organic apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp flaked salt

pinch freshly cracked pepper

½ punnet blueberries, cut in half

24 fresh oysters, unshucked


In a small bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and mix until the sugar and salt dissolve. Add the blueberries and let sit for an hour or so.

Heat the barbecue on high until it's good and hot. Carefully place the oysters on the grill side, with the flat lid of the shells facing up. Do not turn or move; wait patiently until you see the first signs of the oyster opening. Some will pop right open and some will not, so as soon as you see a small crack, take it off the heat and pry it open using a small paring knife or an oyster shucker.

Spoon liberal amounts of vinaigrette over the top and eat immediately.