Oysters sitting on ice surrounding two types of sauces

Four Delicious Sauces to Top an Oyster

Do you love oysters but don’t know what to serve with them? The list of ideas below contains four oyster condiment recipes to remember next time you indulge in these delicious bivalves.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice on top of an oyster is a simple yet effective way to enhance the oyster’s natural briny flavor. If you or your guests aren’t fans of sauce on an oyster, adding lemon juice is as close to plain oysters as you can get while still adding a little extra kick. When serving, simply squeeze lemon juice over freshly shucked oysters and slurp away.

Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce isn’t only perfect for happy hour; it also pairs perfectly with shucked oysters. A simple recipe for cocktail sauce includes 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of horseradish, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and a cup of ketchup. Serve your cocktail sauce cold and you’re ready to enjoy it on top of an oyster.

Mignonette Sauce

Mignonette sauce is so easy to make, you might already have the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s also great for new oyster eaters that aren’t used to their briny texture. All it takes is a half-cup of red or white wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons diced shallots. Add it on top of a freshly shucked oyster and enjoy how all the flavors interact.


While pesto isn’t the most common oyster sauce, it’s a fun option to try and a step away from the traditional topping options. For this recipe, you’ll need fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and a dash of lemon juice. Mix all of these together with olive oil in a food processor, scoop on top of a raw oyster, and enjoy.

No matter which sauce route you take, you and your friends will love these mouthwatering recipes at your next oyster party. If you’re ready to start shucking oysters yourself or want someone to shuck them for you, book Oysters XO today. We offer cooking classes and catering for parties and events. Contact us to learn more.