It’s all about the sound. Dead oysters sound hollow and life ones solid like a rock. Hollow, you toss it, Solid you shuck it.

Of course! Better yet, show up with them yourself and shuck for the party! We can teach you how to freshly shuck the oysters and provide delicious recipes for condiments. You’ll be the best birthday gift ever!

If your friends are already oyster fans and know how to prepare them, just place an order with us and we will take care of the rest. They will have the freshest oysters delivered by the dozen straight from the farm to their doorstep.

Certainly, but we do recommend having a plan for storage and preparing, just in case. The best surprise would be oysters along with a shucking kit so they have everything they need and the Oysters XO Academy will guide them through how to properly shuck with our tutorial videos. (Pro tip: send some champagne for a super VIP experience!)

Essentially, straight from (oyster) farm to slurp! We partner with our favorite oyster farms and find the best way to deliver their oysters from harvest to your doorstep within (2? 3?) days. The oysters are plucked from the oceans and bays per order request. Depending on the size and variety, there are seasonal changes, so check with our order guides to see what’s being pulled up next!

Someone who has never eaten a raw oyster, YET!

Fresh oysters you keep in the fridge.

Choose only oysters that have a tightly closed shell, or ones that close when lightly tapped. Oysters with open shells are no longer alive and should be discarded. Look for oyster meat that’s moist, with a plump appearance and a mild, fresh smell. Contrary to popular belief, oysters should not have a fishy smell.


Toss the oysters in a sink with cold running water. Put on some cleaning gloves and start scrambling the oysters, so that the leftover sand and debris falls off. Do this for a couple of minutes or until you feel that they are nice and clean.

Note: Make sure you clean the sink before and after you clean the oysters. You want to avoid cross contamination with any other raw foods.


Take a plastic bin with a paper towel / kitchen towel on the bottom and transfer the oysters into the plastic bin. The extra water will fall out of the oysters onto the towel. Now take a plastic bag and toss the oysters in the bag and tie a knot in the plastic bag. Store the plastic bag with the oysters in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy the oysters.

Note: don’t poke holes in the plastic bag. Oysters don’t breathe after being taken out of the ocean..

All oysters can be used for raw bar or cooking use, but there are a few differences you might want to consider: (1) Size matters: When cooking an oyster it will get smaller in size, so bigger oysters are better for cooking. (2) Flavor of the water disappears: If you are not a big fan of one of the coasts, this will disappear in the cooking process.

Yes, but when you take them out you need to cook them. Oysters are alive when they come out of the ocean and when you put them in the freezer they die. You need to heat them thoroughly to make sure they are good to be served.

You should not eat oysters raw after they come out of the freezer. In the thawing process bacteria could be released and need to be cooked to eliminate.

While oysters can be frozen in the shell, shucking helps conserve freezer space and makes for less work later on when you cook the oysters.Shuck the oysters. Drain the liquid through a sieve and reserve it for freezing, and set the shucked oyster aside.

If you’re freezing oysters in the shell, wash them thoroughly and place them into freezer bags.

Freeze shucked or shell-on oysters as quickly as possible to minimize textural changes. Shucked oysters need to be frozen submerged in their liquid (or water if there isn’t enough liquid left from shucking). Store them in airtight, sealed freezer containers, with no more than a half-inch of headspace, to protect from freezer burns. Stored correctly, frozen, raw oysters can last 4 to 6 months in the freezer.

- Dry/older oysters
- Smelly oysters
- Dead oysters (shells are open)

Home delivered oysters usually come with a TAG. The tag states the name of the oysters, the date and location of harvest and the date shipping. This tells you how fresh oysters actually are.


Fresh oysters are plump, the meat fills at east ⅔ of the shell and it has plenty of ocean water.


Fresh and mild. Oysters smell like the ocean. Trust your nose.


Oysters taste like kissing a mermaid (better than you can imagine)

(Note: Not everyone loves oysters, but give it a chance by trying a few times, because oysters are an acquired taste)

Canned oysters aren’t as tasty as fresh ones, but they can come in handy when you can’t get fresh ones. They work well in soups and stews. But you need to know the age of the canned oysters before you actually eat them. Making sense of these dates requires you to understand various words such as “Expiration” or “Freshness.” Though most stores pull canned food from their shelves before it expires, it makes sense to know how to read the dates on a can of smoked oysters so that you do not get sick from expired food.

Learn the various ways that manufacturers list expiration dates. For instance, cans of smoked oysters may list the expiration date by the month and then the day (June 4), digits followed by a dash (6-4) or by a date with the month, day and then the year as in “642010 or 06042010.”

Learn the difference between a “freshness” or “quality assurance” date and an “expiration” date. Freshness means the time that the canned oysters (or other foods) are at the peak of their flavor; you might see something like “Best if consumed by June 2010.” An expiration date for canned oysters represents the last day they should be eaten. warns against eating canned oysters past their expiration date to avoid sickness.

Store unopened canned oysters for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Canned oysters will have an expiration date and should be stored refrigerated in their liquid in a covered container once opened, according to

Tip: Let the date on the label be your guide to freshness–but always look for signs of spoilage when using packaged foods. If your canned oysters have mold, an off color, or smell bad, throw them away.


As most oyster spots offer up their wares in sixes, by the half or full dozen, a good rule of thumb is six oysters per person at the table.

Shellfish should never be allowed to sit at room temperature for longer than two hours. Bacteria that cause spoilage, illness, or both multiply rapidly at room temperature.

Oysters can live for 20 years in the water. The oysters stay alive as long as they have water inside. We tested this for 10 weeks and the oysters were still alive. Oysters need to be refrigerated to slow down the growth of bacteria. So, if kept well in the fridge oysters stay good for weeks.

Oysters that commercially produce pearls are NOT in the same family as edible oysters. The edible varieties of oysters can produce pearls, but it is very rare.

If you are cooking or using oysters in a recipe, and don’t want to shuck them open, steam them just until they open and scrape them out of the shell. When cooked their shells pop open; discard those that do not open after cooking.

While fresh oysters are by far the best way to enjoy an oyster seafood dish, many people don’t have access to fresh oysters and make do with frozen ones. Frozen oysters have already been “shucked” — removed from their shell — and are found in the seafood department at the grocery store. Frozen oysters may have a slightly different taste and texture than fresh ones but are still a tasty option for oyster recipes.

Thaw the frozen oysters in the refrigerator for a day before cooking them. They can be thawed directly in the bag, but put the bag in a bowl to collect any leaks.

Fill the stock pot two-thirds with water and bring to a rolling boil.

Pour the thawed oysters into the boiling water and boil for at least three minutes. Be careful not to boil them too long as they will become rubbery.

Drain the water into the sink using the colander then use the oysters in your favorite recipe.

Warning: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends cooking oysters at least three minutes in boiling water to kill any harmful bacteria.


Oysters XO is introducing the Oyster Bag. It’s an oyster storage bag. We transfer the oysters in this Oyster Bag after arrival and cleaning.

A “shucker” is a knife that is specifically for shucking oysters. There are hundreds of brands, shapes and qualities. The Oysters XO shucker is the best for beginners and advanced oyster lovers.

It’s the best knife for beginners, because the knife makes an easy lollipop and is not as scary sharp as French style knives.

It’s the best knife for advanced Oyster Chefs, because it’s a knife that “reminds” you to keep using the Oysters XO technique (no-strength). If you don’t properly create a lollipop, the chance is you break the point of the knife.

Let us know and we replace it for cost.

We want you to teach friends and family how to shuck oysters.

It’s a metal mitt that protects your hand while shucking oysters. You can also use the Oysters XO Dutch Towels instead.

Everyone fits an Oysters XO Mitt, because one size fits all. A glove is based on sizes.

It’s a traditional kitchen towel from The Netherlands. It’s specifically woven for The Netherlands (not sure why nobody else uses them). It’s a complicated weave that enhances the absorbing qualities. Wash before use. The color and texture changes a little in the first wash (hot/color) and improves the qualities.

At minimum, you need fresh oysters and a knife. We like you to use hand protection in the form of a towel or a mesh glove. See our shop for those.