Drago’s Chargrilled Oysters

Drago’s Chargrilled Oysters

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
This authentic recipe for Drago's charbroiled oysters comes from Tommy Cvitanovich, who owns the famous seafood restaurant in New Orleans. 
Our friends who live in New Orleans took us down the street to Drago's when we told them we never had good oysters. HOLY MACKEREL!!! Changed our perspective of how good oysters could be. Flavor and texture better than the best Prime Beef Filet.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, BBQ, Lunch, Seafood, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 174 kcal


  • 18 large oysters freshly shucked on the half shell
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 oz grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tsp parsley finely chopped


  • Fire up grill (charcoal or gas) to 500˚ F.
  • In a small saucepan, gently melt the butter. Mix the melted butter with the garlic, pepper, and oregano. Reserve in a small bowl.
  • Place the oysters on the half shell right over the hottest part of the grill. The oyster shouldn’t be cut loose from the shell as they can slip and fall right through the grill.
  • Spoon enough of the seasoned butter over the oysters so that some of it will overflow into the fire and flame up a bit.
  • The oysters are ready when they puff up and get curly on the sides, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Top the oysters with the cheese mix and parsley. Serve on the shells immediately.


Serving: 3oystersCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 67IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.05µgVitamin E: 2mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mgZinc: 3mg
Keyword BBQ, Seafood
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