New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad

Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the Gulf, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the Gulf, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!

I feel fortunate to have visited New Orleans shortly before the pandemic. We had a great time, and having some recent travel memories helped while hunkering down at home.  New Orleans, LA juggler

Our trip was for an extended weekend. We spent a lot of time eating because the food was standout good, in particular the seafood. And out of all the dishes we tried, there was one dish, a New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad that I realized I might even pull off at home! Enjoyed on a balcony overlooking an always interesting street scene, it was simple but flavorful and full of NOLA character. 

New Orleans, LA saladNew Orleans, LA viewNew Orleans, LA donkey carriageNow at home, sans recipe, I was forced to ad lib. I made a remoulade-like salad dressing and fried oysters in cornmeal breading. The result was delicious and very much like we remembered. I was helped out by oysters from one of my seafood vendors in their last fresh shipment from Texas just before winter. Sounds like destiny! Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the Gulf, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!

Now the original salad had two obvious difference as you can see on the original, which shows tomatoes and cucumbers; I had neither and didn’t want to go to the grocery store (that pandemic again). But the glory of the salad is in the oysters and dressing, so no regrets on the change.  For more New Orleans inspired food, take a look at the list at the end. 

How to Prepare New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad

Bread drained oysters in egg and cornmeal/flour mix prep oysters

Fry until goldenfry oysters

Combine dressing ingredients 

Assemble salad and serve Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the Gulf, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!

Final thoughts

I decided to play with a fancier presentation just for fun. Either way, absolutely delicious! Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the Gulf, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!

Besides eating and soaking up the ambiance, my favorite activity was the swamp boat tour. The water, the Spanish Moss draped trees, our garrulous guide and the wildlife were all fascinating!

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New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad

New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Spicy and crunchy with a taste of the ocean, New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad is an easy and delightful way to armchair travel!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces salad greens
  • 2-3 Tablespoons thinly sliced red onion

Remoulade Dressing:

  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon each garlic, cayenne, onion powder
  • Dash hot sauce (to taste)

Fried Oysters:

  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 c cornmeal
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 quart bulk oysters

Instructions

Whisk together salad dressing ingredients and set aside.

Drain the oysters and pat dry. In a wide, flat bowl beat the eggs. In a second flat bowl, mix the flour and cornmeal. Heat the oil until hot (375F)

When the oil is hot, dredge the oysters in the eggs followed by the cornmeal/flour mixture. Working in batches, fry oysters until golden brown on both sides (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

To assemble salad, divide lettuce between 4 large serving bowls and top with red onion and fried oysters. Top with dressing or serve dressing on the side.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 762Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 331mgSodium: 1292mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 50g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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12 thoughts on “New Orleans Fried Oyster Salad

  1. Karen

    Great photos of your trip!! I haven’t been to New Orleans in years but it looks the same! I didn’t do the swamp tour and now I wish I had.

  2. Raymund

    One of the places I wanted to visit so I am so jealous. Love the food there as well as the vibe. You definitely showed that in this recipe.

    1. Inger Post author

      I was afraid I missed my chance after the horrible hurricane damage a few years back. So glad they are back strong. Now we just need to get rid of this awful pandemic

    1. Inger Post author

      Good analogy David! And, yes, I am so looking forward to getting some more oysters myself!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks, though mine has the advantage of being untouched! I was glad I photographed some dishes to work on recreating back here!

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