Chef Jeff Tunks is the co-proprietor and executive chef of seven acclaimed DC-area restaurants including his Louisiana-inspired fish house Acadiana, and his tri-coastal restaurant DC Coast. Tunks’ sustainable focus and seafood-centric menus have earned him praise from the likes of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The New York Times. Before becoming one of DC’s most revered chefs, Tunks was earning his stripes in the kitchen of the Grill Room at the celebrated Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans where he secured a “Best Restaurant” rating from Gourmet in 1997 and five Mobil stars” the highest marks bestowed by the association.
“Charbroiled Oysters are an ideal appetizer” everyone can have their own, bite-sized portion. In New Orleans they’re a favorite for tailgating and you can’t get more seasonal and fall than that.”
We asked Chef Tunks why his recipe of “Charbroiled Oysters” is perfect for fall, he answers by saying, “When we seek out soups and warm, hearty dishes as the air chills for fall, New Orleanians often seek out Charbroiled Oysters. These rich and decadent opalescent oysters are drenched in savory Garlic Butter and coated with melted Parmesan Romano Cheese. Served with warm French Bread to sop up the juices, this is a classic for a reason” it’s delicious, comforting and warm.”
- 24 each oysters, large
- 2 quarts Whirl or butter substitute
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup Romano cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Garlic, granulated
- 1 teaspoon White pepper
- 1 pound Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 pound Romano cheese, grated
- Combine all of the ingredients from the butter mixture together in a mixing bowl and reserve. Do the same with the ingredients from the cheese mixture in a separate bowl.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Shuck the oysters and disconnect them from the shell. Place the raw shucked oysters on a sizzle plate or a baking sheet with a raised edge.
- Whisk the butter mix and scoop 1.5 oz of it on top of each oyster, then cover each oyster with the grated cheese mix.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until you can just start to see the cheese browning.
- Remove the oysters from the oven. Set the oven to broil and place the oysters under the boiler until they darken in color to a golden brown. Be careful to keep an eye on them because they will burn fast. Remove from oven and enjoy!
Acadiana is located at 901 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001.[mappress mapid=”63″]
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 -10:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm