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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:

GET EXPERT ADVICE FROM YOUR IGA FISHMONGER

top 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.

PICK THE PERFECT OYSTER EVERY TIME WITH OUR TASTE TAGS!

PHaving 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
Salty & fleshy
sweet & delicate
Vegetal & fleshy

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 OYSTER
BEAUSOLEIL OYSTER
COOKE'S COCKTAIL OYSTER
COOKE'S COCKTAIL OYSTER
TRÉSOR DU LARGE OYSTER
TRÉSOR DU LARGE OYSTER

Old Harry

The crystal-clear waters of the Magdaleen Islands flow into Old Harry Bay, providing the ideal conditions for Alexandre Brazeau and his team to cultivate this oyster. The result is a very hollow and fleshy oyster, with a balanced taste between the salt water of the Islands and an elaborate umami flavor.

La Grande-Entrée

Cultivated in the cold waters of the Grande-Entrée lagoon, inside the Îles-de-la-Madeleine archipelago, by Carlo Eloquin and his team, this fleshy, low-salt oyster is a smaller, but equally delicious.

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 OYSTER
LUCKY LIME OYSTER
HUITRE RASPBERRY POINT
HUITRE RASPBERRY POINT
SOUTH LAKE OYSTER
SOUTH LAKE OYSTER

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 OYSTER
MALPÈQUE OYSTER
CHEEBOOKTOOK OYSTER
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
CARAQUET DE CHOIX OYSTER

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.

STORING OYSTERS: OYSTER FOOD SAFETY

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.