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The Luxury of a Perfect Oyster Knife

We think oysters and champagne are pretty special together - especially when you can get fresh-harvested oysters from Willapa Bay in Washington.  Typically smaller than East Coast oysters, they are excellent served raw on the half-shell with champagne vinegar mignonette.  If you're concerned about raw shellfish, grilling oysters is a great way to cook them without losing their succulent texture. Place them on a hot grill for about 10 minutes until the shell pops a bit - they're done!  This year, we put them on our Traeger for the first time and they turned out perfectly - softly poached in their natural juices with a touch of smoky flavor.  

Old Knife vs New

Whether eating them raw or grilling, you will need to shuck them, which can be a daunting task without the right tool. For years I have used the traditional oyster knife pictured above - a basic design that works OK. But recently we discovered the EZ-Profi, marketed as "The Best Oyster Knife I've Ever Used" by chef Hoppin' John Taylor. And it lives up to its name!

Imported from Solingen Germany, it is forged from a single piece of surgical steel and specifically designed to make the shucking process easy and efficient.  Its sharp point helps edge the knife into the hinge, which starts the wedge to open the shell.  With a simple twist of the ergonomic handle, the shell easily pops open. The sharp edge is also good for cutting the muscle once the shell is opened.  Using this knife is not just a luxury - it's fun to use something that is so well-designed!

You can buy them online at Hoppin' John's website, or check your local kitchen or seafood shop. We got ours at B&B Fish Market in Camas.

This is a video from several years ago, but it still showcases our love for oysters! 




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Debb, oysters from your part of the world are such a delicacy here on the east coast!  They are my favorite thing about visiting Seattle and Portland.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Debb and Bernie,

You know our love for oysters, and we also like the smaller ones...There is nothing we love more than tools that work as promised...and being made in Germany is a great endorsement.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago

Hi Debb & Bernie - I wish I lived somewhere where I could use a great oyster knife, but at least our favorite restaurant here gets them shipped in fresh every day from both coasts - and we likie the west coast ones best, but it's always good to compare.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 4 years ago

It's great to have a favorite tool - mine is a scissors I've had for 50 years!

Your video is awesome - presented so professionally and in an inviting manner.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Well - there's something that has never crossed my mind - oyster knives, or oysters and champagne. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 4 years ago

Ok, now you've done it Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - now I have to have oysters tomorrow ;)

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Mmmm, oysters - you're really hitting my soft spot. Now if you had said clams you would have sent me over the edge! Thanks for sharing Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Posted by Jessie Cochran, Panama City Realty Group (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Hello Debb Janes,  How I wish I lived on the shore to go and get some fresh oysters.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Very interesing, can't say that I have ever used an oyster knife though, haha.  Friends of mine got me to try oysters once and they weren't too bad, but I haven't really had a craving for them, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 4 years ago


Thanks for sharing the information for the oyster knife.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Debb, the right oyster knife makes such a big difference. Oh how I love oysters and I bet they are even more spectacular in your area. Makes me hungry!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Debb mine looks very much like the one on the left with the wooden handle... looks like I need to do a post about all my kitchen tools:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

Debb, I am one of the few that do not like oysters. Tried them but not to my liking. I will say that the German-made knife sounds like it will make it easy when opening the shells.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 4 years ago

Debb, luckily, there are couple of great restaurants that serve delicious oysters in my area, I rather have someone else shuck them. Now I want some!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 4 years ago

Definitely a nice combo Debb...I crave some right now & enjoyed our NE lobster from a fisherman friend last night...good luck Saturday@

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 4 years ago

I enjoy clams and oysters but do not have that knife.  The finest lunch I have ever had was at a place in North Carolina that served shellfish at a counter and they shucked as many as you could eat and you paid at the end.  Delicious

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 4 years ago

Deb, Well I have to say we like oysters either raw or grilled. We do not eat any raw oysters from the gulf Coast for good reasons! Thanks for the tip on the shucking tool. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

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