Oysters, they are not to everyone's liking especially when eaten raw, freshly shucked (shivers), yes, I don't like them that way either. Sierra Leoneans and raw don't see eye to eye. Any stubborn meat that would sum up the courage to challenge a Sierra Leonean cooking pot quickly succumbs to some serious hearty stew accompanied by rice or some other carbohydrate in no time at all. As for oysters they come in handy stewed nicely for breakfast with freshly baked bread bought from the Fullah stores down the road. This is when you sit and have breakfast on the front porch to show the neighbors that your family is gentry.
A few years ago I read somewhere that oysters are aphrodisiacs and are rich in amino acids which means they are good for middle aged people right? If anyone has proof of that, shout out in the comments box below. Moving on, I also read that they are a good source of selenium, vitamin A, B12, calcium, iron and zinc.
Back home oysters are sold steamed with salt and measured by cups so you could imagine my surprise when I arrived in Australia and found out that they were sold by size. I was like excuse me you said one for how much? Blinking as if a very heavy wind had just blown some sand into my eyes. Anywho twelve years on and I still can't believe I have to pay forty dollars for a kilo of oysters. It's killing me guys it's killing me but I take solace in the fact that this recipe is so good and as my grandma use to say "watin go na you belle na im na you yone" (you only own what goes into your stomach). Rant over, let's cook this thing and enjoy it already.
Ingredients: 1kg Oysters, 4tbs plain flour, 2tbs corn flour, 1tsp white pepper, 1tsp garlic power, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 cup water and vegetable oil for frying. Note that I washed the oysters and placed them on paper towel to get rid of some of the water as they can become very soggy when fried if the oysters are not properly drained.
To make the batter, add all the dry ingredients into a clean mixing bowl
Then add the egg
Then using a whisk mix in the water
Make sure it is whisked thoroughly so there are no lumps in the batter
Then add the oysters
Fry in hot oil till lightly golden
drain on paper towel to get rid of excess oil
Served with my Sierra Leonean onion gravy garnished with chopped chilies and shallots. Enjoy.