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All about oysters

OYSTER TASTING 101

Whether you’re an oyster pro or you’re just discovering this must-try delicacy, we’ve got the tasting tips and advice for you:

  • Find your favourite varieties with our taste tags
  • Host your own oyster party
  • Master your shucking skills
  • Dig into our recipes

GET EXPERT ADVICE FROM YOUR IGA FISHMONGER

Stop by the fish counter for expert advice and sample our range of oyster varieties from across Canada, including from Quebec and the Maritimes. All of our oyster products are recommended by Ocean Wise.

The new tasting pack: discovery at its finest!

Feel like exploring the fabulous world of oysters, but don’t know with which variety to start? Discover three delicious varieties thanks to the l’Acadie tasting pack, which features 18 oysters native to the l’Acadie region. Compare the differences in flavour and texture between the Nouvelle vague, Village Bay, and Virginie varieties. Available exclusively at IGA, this tasting pack is ideal for a chic and festive happy hour, or for anyone who wants to discover different oyster varieties!

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HUITRE NOUVELLE VAGUE

HUITRE VILLAGE BAY

HUITRE VIRGINIE

PICK THE PERFECT OYSTER EVERY TIME WITH OUR TASTE TAGS!

Having a hard time picking out your oysters? Never hesitate at the fish counter again! Choose the flavours you love in a flash with the detailed descriptions on the tags. Select your favourite oysters based on flavour and texture. We’ve classified the oysters based on the size and flavour of the flesh, which is a great way to find your favourites. Need a little help? Ask your IGA fishmonger to recommend tags to match your taste! 

DISCOVER OUR TASTE TAGS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF OYSTERS

Get to know your favourite tags for the best flavour experience every time. Feeling bold? Use our taste tags to discover varieties you’ve never tried before.

Mineral & delicate

The perfect variety to get to know the world of oysters better.

  • Typically cocktail size, so smaller.
  • Characterized by delicate flesh and an iodine flavour.
  • Pairs perfectly with champagne or dry white wine.
  • Cultivated in the cool waters of the Atlantic provinces.
Beausoleil

Beausoleil OYSTER

 Cooke's cocktail

Cooke's cocktail OYSTER

Trésor du large

Trésor du large OYSTER

Did you know that…

… Beausoleil oysters are cultivated in floating bags, near the surface of the water, in the rich, cold waters of the Atlantic? That’s why, unlike other varieties, which need to be washed thoroughly before preparing, Beausoleil oysters have no traces of sand. Simplicity: just another reason for you to enjoy this New-Brunswick cocktail oyster, a favourite here as well as in the U.S., Asia, and Europe!

Salty & fleshy

Longer maturing time for unique flavours.

  • Usually larger in size.
  • A good flesh ratio while maintaining a light salty flavour.
  • Pairs well with the acidity and sweetness of citrus.
LUCKY LIME

LUCKY LIME OYSTER

RASPBERRY POINT

RASPBERRY POINT OYSTER

SOUTH LAKE

SOUTH LAKE OYSTER

Sweet-and-salty lovers, have we got something for you! The generous Raspberry Point oyster comes in salty, but leaves behind a sweet aftertaste, for a smooth finish. Small to medium in size (3 to 3.5 inches), this PEI native takes up to six years to reach its full maturity in the naturally cold waters of the Atlantic.

Sweet & delicate

The best possible balance thanks to the oyster farmers’ know-how and refining techniques.

  • Delicately sweet flavour, perfect balance of salty and sweet.
  • Pairs well with the acidity and sweetness of shallots in a classic mignonette.
Malpèque

Malpèque OYSTER

Cheebooktook

Cheebooktook OYSTER

Vegetal & fleshy

Enjoy raw or Rockefeller-style.

  • Abundant flesh and slightly more pronounced flavour, characterized by a vegetal flavour that echoes lettuce or cucumber.
  • Pairs well with hot sauce.

Caraquet de choix OYSTER

sauces FOR OYSTERS: OUR READY-MADE MIGNONETTES

Elevate the flavours of your Beausoleil, Malpeque, Raspberry Point and co. with ready-made mignonettes sauces: classic, basil balsamic, or Bloody Mary. Simply add a spoonful of sauce atop your oysters and enjoy!

Your IGA seafood specialist can fill you in on where our oysters come from, their texture, and their nuanced flavour profiles. Try mixing it up according to the season!

PLAN YOUR OYSTER PARTY LIKE A PRO!

For a successful oyster party, offer various types of oysters, and make sure to set aside enough time to shuck and prep them before your guests arrive.

How many oysters should you have on deck

HOW MANY OYSTERS SHOULD YOU HAVE ON DECK?

  • 6 to 8 oysters per person as an appetizer
  • 12 to 15 oysters per person as a main course with side dishes
  • 18 to 30 oysters per person as a main course with no side dishes

Offer your guests 2 to 3 varieties of oysters to choose from, making sure to include various sizes, origins, and flavours.

Eat varieties in order from least to most salty.

Raw oysters pair nicely with lemon, or with spicy Tabasco sauce, but you can also try them with chili sauce, salsa, vinegar, or wine, beer, and Champagne mignonettes . . . the possibilities are endless!

If you plan on serving them warm, make sure to keep a close eye on their cooking time, as they have a tendency to become rubbery when overcooked.

How to open them

Ricardo's tips: Opening Oysters | Oysters party, Chef technique

BUY IN STORE OR ORDER ONLINE 

Discover our wide variety of oysters, which you can buy individually, by the dozen, in a small case (12 to 26 oysters) or even in a case of 100 oysters or more.