Raw Oysters with Lemon Oil and Urfa Biber
MAKES 1 DOZEN Active: 20 min. • Total: 35 min.
1 lemon ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 dozen medium-large, briny oysters Urfa biber (urfa pepper) 1 Use a vegetable peeler to remove the lemon zest in strips; reserve the lemon and zest.
2 In a small saucepan, add the olive oil; heat over medium-high heat until hot, about 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and add the strips of zest (they will sizzle); stir briefly to incorporate. 3. Pour the lemon oil into a small bowl and let cool.
4 Shuck the oysters and, using an oyster knife, detach the meat from the bottom of the shell, reserving the liquid.
5 Place the oysters on a bed of coarse sea salt or crushed ice to stabilize them. Top each with a little of the prepared lemon oil (about ⅛ teaspoon) and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Sprinkle generously with urfa biber and serve immediately.