- 24 oysters, such as Malpeque, Kumamoto, or Belon
- 1 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 shallot, minced
- 12 Citriburst finger limes or 1 tablespoon of Citriburst pearls
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Crushed ice or rock salt
In a small bowl combine rice vinegar, shallot, finger lime pearls, and pepper. Cover and chill for an hour.
Scrub the oysters under cold water with a stiff brush to remove the dirt. Next, find a durable thick cloth and fold it over several times to create a square; this will steady the oysters as you shuck them. Using the towel as a mitt, place the oyster, cup-side down in the palm of your towel-covered hand with the hinge facing you; have a small bowl handy to catch the delicious juice. Insert the tip of an oyster knife or dull butter knife as far into the hinge as it will go. With gentle force, twist the knife back and forth to pry the shell open. Using the knife, cut the muscle away from the top shell, bend the shell back, and discard it. Run the knife underneath the oyster to detach it completely, but leave it in its shell. Tip out the briny liquor into the bowl and pour it back over the shucked oysters. Nestle the oysters in a bed of crushed ice or rock salt to keep them steady. Spoon the finger lime mignonette on top and serve to your favorite oyster lovers!