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Morro Bay Pacific Gold Oysters with Melons and Cucumber Water

Makes 12 oysters

Prep Time
5 mins

Chill Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

This easy recipe comes from Kirk Sowell, owner of two Morro Bay restaurants--Miss Lola's SouthSide Grill and Frankie & Lola's Front Street Cafe. He developed it especially to highlight the cucumber-melon flavors of Pacific Gold oysters. He uses Ha-Ogen and Ambrosia melons, and cilantro microgreens, but they're a little hard to find; honeydew, cantaloupe, and regular cilantro are fine too.

su-Morro Bay Pacific Gold Oysters with Melons and Cucumber Water

Photo: Chris Leschinsky
 1/4 cup finely diced honeydew
 1/4 cup finely diced cantaloupe
  3-in. length medium English cucumber, peeled and chopped, plus 12 thick slices from cucumber
 2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/4 teaspoon minced serrano chile
 12 freshly shucked Pacific oysters on the half-shell, preferably ones with deep cups
  Small cilantro leaves for garnish
Step 1

Chill the finely diced melons. Put cucumber, lemon juice, chile, and 2 tbsp. water in a blender and purée. Strain and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Step 2

Tip out most but not all of the liquor from each oyster and nestle each into a cucumber round. Spoon some diced melon on top and some cucumber water. Top with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 46Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.2g2%

Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Cholesterol 25mg9%
Sodium 54mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 4.8g10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.