species

Oysters Species

big Louisiana Oysters for big impressions

Wild Louisiana Oysters feature a unique sweetness that appeals to a broader range of palates. Buttery and mild, with just a touch of salt, they are not as intensely briny as other oysters.

Extremely versatile Louisiana Oysters are wonderful baked, roasted, grilled or raw. They grow plump, sweet and meaty in our nutrient-rich waters. This meatiness makes oysters from Louisiana more cooking-friendly. Chefs are limited only by their imagination.

how to buy Louisiana Oysters

Oysters from Louisiana are handled with care and are available in a variety of formats to feed your culinary creativity and excite customers’ taste buds.

  • Frozen shucked Louisiana Oysters are packed to buyer specifications.
  • Post-harvest-processed half-shell Louisiana Oysters are pressure-treated or undergo low-heat pasteurization can extend shelf life.
  • Live sack Louisiana Oysters contain 1½ bushels. They are not graded to a uniform size or shape.
  • Live graded half-shell Louisiana Oysters are graded to size. They may be sold by the count (100-200 per container), or by volume or weight.
  • Shucked Louisiana Oysters are sold in gallon, half-gallon, quart, pint, 12-oz., 10-oz. and 8-oz. containers. They may also be sold by count.

slightly open oyster shells are OK

It’s safe to serve a slightly opened—or "gapped"—Louisiana Oyster if it closes its shell when tapped with the shucking knife. However, if it doesn’t close its shell, you must discard it.

how to store Louisiana Oysters

Proper storage of Louisiana Oysters ensures that your dishes feature optimal flavor and a quality you’ll be proud to serve.

Fresh live Louisiana Oysters (shell-stock) should be stored at 40-45°F. Temperatures that are too cold or rapidly fluctuate will stress the oyster, sacrificing quality and flavor.

  • Louisiana Oysters will keep for 2 to 3 days; however, they are best when cooked as soon as possible.
  • If you do not plan on cooking immediately, clean Louisiana Oyster shells with a kitchen brush, place in a bowl, cover the bowl with a damp towel and refrigerate.
  • Shucked Louisiana Oysters that have not been cooked can be stored in their liquor, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Louisiana Oysters can be frozen in the shell, on the half-shell or the shucked meat only. Freeze freshly shucked Louisiana Oysters in an airtight container with the oyster liquor. Thaw frozen oysters in the refrigerator overnight.

Cooked Louisiana Oysters can be sealed and refrigerated for later consumption.

peak Louisiana Oysters seasons

Wild Louisiana Oysters are available year-round, reaching their peak of plumpness between late November and May.

Louisiana Oysters grow plump and succulent due to the warm climate and the extended growing season they enjoy in nutrient-rich waters.

Louisiana Oysters nutritional information

Wild Louisiana Oysters are one of the most nutritionally well-balanced foods, containing protein, carbohydrates and lipids. They’re also the most concentrated natural source of zinc, which is essential to maintaining a strong immune system.

stout