11 November 2013

Fancy an aphrodisiac? Well, then eat an oyster! Apart from their obvious saucy, sultry effects, they are jam packed with health benefits.

Boasting a lower calorie count than a packet of crisps, you’ll be surprised to find that six oysters contain less than 57 calories. And if you’re low on those essential vitamins - did you know they also contain vitamins A, B, C and D? Which of course means they’re great for helping your immune system when fighting off infections. What’s not to love?

If you’ve shied away from eating oysters in the past, but have been swayed by the health and wealth contained within the ocean delight, then try out these different ways of serving the humble shell creature inspired by Gow’s, the oldest seafood restaurant in London:

Shallot & wine vinegar: Dousing oysters in vinegar and chopped shallots is the most traditional way to eat oysters. Finely chop shallots and mix together with red wine vinegar and serve on top of the oyster- simple as.

Tabasco: For those who like to play with fire, serving oysters with a splash of tabasco is the recipe for you. Simply shuck you oyster and dribble over tabasco to taste.

Tempura oysters: This recipe is a bit out there and not exactly traditional but it’s extremely delicious (Warning: the calorie count does increase). Simply shuck the oysters, dip in tempura batter and deep fry- yum!

Ellen Modin

Ellen Modin