Oysters with Two Simple Mignonettes

My food philosophy is “everything in moderation… except oysters.” I decided to pick up a bunch of Kumamotos from Whole Foods and share two simple mignonettes that are easy to make and oh-so-refreshing. Grab the recipes below and while you’re at it, check out some of my food photography tips from the photo shoot.

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Oysters with Mignonette

Food Photography Tips for Oysters with Two Simple Mignonettes

Play With Back Light

It’s very common to light food from the side in food photography. However, experimenting with back light can also be incredibly beautiful. In the first picture (above), I stood in front of the oysters with a window behind them. This created a soft back light that really enhanced the mood of the image.

Play With New Props

Sometimes when I get in a rut with food photography, all it takes is a new prop to bring my creative vision back to life. I recently partnered with Jenny from Cats Eye Pottery. I found her on Etsy and she creates some gorgeous pottery. The plate I used for the oysters was created by her. Isn’t it stunning!? She has a background in painting and drawing, but her craft evolved and she found herself shaping an ordinary ball of clay into something functional. Sure, you can scout out garage sales and antique shops for food photography props, but sometimes it’s fun to partner with someone else and help promote their craft. Be sure to check out her website and her Etsy shop.

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Oysters with Mignonette

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Oysters with Two Simple Mignonettes

Recipe Notes for Oysters with Two Simple Mignonettes

Mike and I enjoy oysters everywhere we go. Whether we’re traveling to places like Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco or L’Ecume Saint-Honoré in Paris or simply having a low key night at home, oysters seem to find their way to us. And, as we all know, oysters include the next best thing… the mignonettes! We decided to create two different mignonettes that are easy to make and full of flavor.  

Chilled Cava Mignonette

The Chilled Cava Mignonette is a simple twist to a traditional mignonette. What’s the twist? Just add Cava (or the sparkling wine of your choice). Pretty simple!

Sweet and Spicy Lime Mignonette

The second mignonette recipe is a Sweet and Spicy Lime Mignonette. Yes, it tastes just as refreshing as it sounds. The kick comes from a deseeded serrano pepper. It’s a nice combination of sweet and spicy. But, if spice isn’t your thing, you can leave out the serrano. It’s flavorful without the spice too.

Happy Shucking!

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Oysters on the Half Shell with Two Simple Mignonettes

Ingredients

Chilled Cava Mignonette

  • 1/2 cup Cava, chilled
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 12 Kumomoto oysters

Sweet and Spicy Lime Mignonette

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 serrano, finely diced and seeds removed
  • 12 Kumomoto oysters

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except the oysters and mix well.
  2. Drizzle over the freshly shucked oysters.

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All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.

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  1. mike says:

    These mignonettes are like best friends to oysters – they amp up the flavor rather than overcoming them. SO delicious, and super beautiful as always!

    • Regan says:

      It’s so fun finding good pairings with oysters! So glad you liked them both!

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