Grilling not only makes oysters easier to shuck and serve—the heat loosens the shell, meaning you just need to gently pop off the lid—it also heightens their briny flavor and imparts a subtly smoky char. You'll dollop a bit of kimchi butter onto each opened oyster and return them to the grill until the butter melts and mixes with the oyster liquid. Truly, it's heaven. Keep the kimchi butter recipe in your back pocket for tossing with pasta and peas or spreading onto toast and topping with a fried egg.
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Finely chopped fresh cilantro, hot sauce, and lemon wedges, for serving
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Step 1In a mini food processor, process kimchi until finely chopped. Add butter and process until well combined. Alternatively, finely chop kimchi with a knife and combine with butter in a medium bowl.
Step 2Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Arrange oysters on grill flat side up. Cover and grill until oysters slightly open up, 5 to 7 minutes.
Step 3Transfer oysters to a cutting board. Using tongs or a dishtowel, hold oyster steady with one hand. Using an oyster knife in other hand, shimmy lid off. Cut muscle from flat side of shell and loosen meat from bottom of shell. Add about 1/2 tsp. kimchi butter and a tiny pinch of salt to each oyster. Continue to grill, taking care not to spill liquid, until butter is melted, about 1 minute more.
Step 4Transfer oysters to a platter. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with hot sauce and lemon wedges alongside.
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