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Masa Flash Fried Oysters with Spring Garlic Dressing


For the dressing:

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup avocado

⅓ cup sour cream

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons Maggi seasoning

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 cup sliced spring onions

¼ cup parsley leaves

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

For the oysters:

3 dozen Gulf oysters, shucked

2 cups egg whites, lightly beaten

2 pounds masa flour (we prefer Maseca brand)

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided

1 cup sliced spring onions

Peanut oil for frying


1. Make the dressing: Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.

2. Make the oysters: In a bowl, mix oysters and egg whites together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the masa, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. In a large cast-iron skillet fitted with a deep-fry thermometer, bring TK inches of oil to 300-325 degrees over medium-high heat. Dredge a few oysters in the masa and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towel-lined sheet tray. Repeat with remaining oysters. Sprinkle oysters with spring onions and remaining salt and serve with the dressing on the side.

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