- 8 - 12 fresh, live oysters
- Set up your smoker or stove-top smoker according to its directions.
- Add oysters, cover, and smoke for 15 to 20 minutes until oysters open.
Variations and Pairings
Eat the smoked oysters plain or try one or two different mignonette sauces. Toss a few pomegranate seeds on top of each for a unique texture and sweetness. Pair smoked oysters with a bit heavier wine than you would raw oysters. A heavily-oaked Chardonnay, an extra dry champagne (a bit sweeter with almond overtones), or a Rose with more weight would suit these oysters well.
This Recipe's Aphrodisiac Qualities
The critical ingredient in oysters which ramps it to the top of most aphrodisiac lists is zinc. Zinc is referred to as the essential “male mineral” because of its link to testosterone, which is critical for the health of the prostate and sperm. Oysters are one of the richest natural sources of zinc. This mineral allows the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid. and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid/omega-3 group of fatty acids), to be processed in the body to help men and women have a more healthy sexual response and hormone metabolism.
Zinc is beneficial for both men and women when it comes to fertility. It's been shown in studies that increasing zinc levels of infertile men can boost sperm levels, improve the form, function, and quality of sperm and overall, decrease male infertility. For women, zinc is key for reproduction health because it aids in the egg formation, the egg's journey down the fallopian tube and overall hormone regulation.