New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters

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New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters

New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters

New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters with Caper Parsley Mayo, Fresh Lemon, and Parsley.

My Creative Thought Process

I was fortunate to be given some Coromandel oysters; these are framed oysters grown by the Coromandel Oyster Company. They have been farming oysters since 2007. When I was given the oysters everybody immediately asked for battered oysters, so that’s what I did.

There are 2 main oyster varieties in New Zealand, the Pacific oyster, which is found around the New Zealand coastline. Then there are Bluff oysters, these are high-quality oysters from Bluff, which is situated at the most southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.

Bluff oysters are wild and not farmed, as a result, they have a seasonal harvesting period usually March-August. Pacific oysters are available all year round, farmed, and wild they have an intense flavor of the sea with a metallic aftertaste. However, they are still enjoyed by oyster connoisseurs.

New Zealand Pacific Oysters

How To Make Beer Batter

I’ll show you my tempura beer batter recipe that is excellent for tempura oysters.

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients – Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

Essential Kitchen Tools – Must Haves

You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

My Professional Recommendations

Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters

New Zealand Beer Battered Pacific Oysters

Pacific Oysters, You Either Love Them or Hate Them, Beer Battered You'll Love Them.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 People
Calories 330 kcal


Beer Batter

  • 1 ½ cups Corn flour
  • 1 cup Flour - self-raising
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 400-500 mls Bavarian lager - chilled


  • 24 each oysters - shucked
  • cup Plain flour - for dredging

Caper and Parsley Mayo

  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise - good quality
  • 1 tsp Capers - finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Parsley - finely chopped
  • 1-2 splashes Hot chili sauce - optional


  • 1 each Lemon - peeled and diced
  • 1 sprig Parsley - finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

Oil for Deep Frying

  • 2-3 liters Rice bran oil


Beer Batter

  • Sift the cornflour, flour, and salt.
    Sifting Dry Ingredients
  • Whisk in the cold lager.
    Whisking in The Beer
  • Whisk vigorously until batter is smooth, the consistency should be enough to coat the back of a spoon.
    Using cold beer will make the batter lighter and keep it in the fridge until needed will keep it cold while you're dredging the oysters through it.
    When cooked the batter will be light, crispy, crunchy, and delicious.  
    Beer Batter Thickness

Caper and Parsley Mayo

  • Mix the mayo, diced capers, and chopped parsley together, if you like you can add a couple of drops of hot chili sauce.
    Caper and Parsley Mayo

Deep Frying The Oysters

  • Heat the oil in the deep fryer, I’m using rice bran oil. The oil temperature should be 170 – 175ºC or 338 – 347ºF.
    Dredge the oysters in the flour, place them into the batter, and carefully place oysters into the deep fryer, make sure the fryer basket is submerged.
    Do this one by one, cook them in batches 6 – 8 at a time.
    Oysters Batter and Flour
  • When the oysters are cooked, (this should only take 4 – 5 minutes).  Lift the basket and let them drain for about 30 – 45 seconds.
    Serving size 6 oysters per person.
    Place them into a bowl, lightly season, add the diced lemon and chopped parsley, plate with the caper and parsley mayo.
    Beer Battered Fresh Oysters Closeup
Keywords Battered Oysters, Beer Batter, Beer Battered Oysters, Pacific Oysters, Summer

Serving Size: 6 Beer Battered Oysters
Calories 330 | Total Fat 24 g | Carbohydrates 156 g | Fiber 0.6 g | Protein 14.6 g | Iron 10.32 mg

My Enjoyment For Your Benefit And Value

I create seafood dishes for your enjoyment, I have fun doing it. After cooking in manic fast pasted environments, cooking at home is relaxing and therapeutic.

If I can add value to your life, giving you ideas for breakfast, lunch, or dinner even children’s meals I will have achieved what I set out to do.

All the ingredients in this recipe you can find at your local whole foods or grocery store. I always try to use organic, free-range, or ethically farmed products, the traceability of the product is also important to me.

This usually has a story behind it that I can pass on to my family, friends, customers, and you. Try this recipe and I hope you enjoy cooking and eating it as much as we did. I believe that recipes are worth nothing until you share them. Let me know how you got on making your own New Zealand beer battered pacific oysters.

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