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Oysters on the Half-Shell with Grapefruit Granita

This sparkling, vodka-laced granita has a peppery kick that sets off the briny sweetness of a good West Coast oyster. Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 3 hours of freezing time. Notes: You can make granita up to 3 days ahead. Re-rake with fork before serving. Also, if you’re serving the oysters on a buffet, serve on crushed ice with the granita in a bowl alongside, also on ice.

Oysters on the Half-Shell with Grapefruit Granita

Lisa Romerein; Valerie Aikman-Smith
 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice (from 1 or 2 large grapefruit, preferably pink)
 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
 1/2 tablespoon sugar dissolved in 1/2 tbsp. hot water
 1/2 tablespoon vodka
 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon
 1/2 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  Rock salt or crushed ice (see Notes)
 3 dozen chilled small to medium oysters on the half-shell
Step 1

Combine all ingredients except rock salt and oysters, pour into a loaf pan (to a depth of about 1 in.), and freeze 1 hour. Rake and crush mixture with the tines of a fork and freeze for another hour. Rake and crush mixture again and freeze 1 hour more.

Step 2

Spread rock salt on a platter. Rake and crush granita a final time into fine crystals. Set oysters in place and top each with a spoonful of granita.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 12Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g1%

Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Cholesterol 6.2mg3%
Sodium 13mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 1.3g1%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g0%
Protein 0.8g2%

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