SHOALWATER BEER-STEAMED OYSTERS
Years ago, while on vacation and walking around the port and quaint side streets of Key West, my husband and I came upon a small outdoor seafood restaurant. The palm trees were swaying in the soft tropical breeze which carried the intriguing aroma of shrimp being steamed in beer. We suggested that the cook steam oysters similarly. The result was unforgettable! As we left, we were asked to sign one of our dollar bills, as we were the very first customers of this brand new little restaurant. Here is the recipe from that memorable day. It has proven to be equally delicious enjoyed under Pacific Northwest pine trees.
2 (12-oz) bottles beer (preferably dark ale - one for the pot and one for the cook!)
1 bay leaf
4 whole cloves
10 whole black peppercons
24 OYSTERS - in the shell, or more as needed (allow at least 6 per person)
Serve with a soy-mirin sauce for dipping. Simply mix soy sauce, mirin and hot chile oil to your own tastes.