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Oysters with Chorizo and Fennel

By Pete Evans From Moveable Feast Season 1, Ep.11
Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6 (first course)

Chef Pete Evans adds Iberian complexity to his dish. A traditional mignonette of shallots, black pepper, and vinegar gets a note of saffron and olive oil. Chorizo is a nod to the area’s Portuguese fisherman, and fennel is vital in Spanish cooking.


  • 1/2 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped shallots or red onions
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Spanish
  • 1 lb. cured chorizo sausage, cut diagonally into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb. fennel bulbs (2 large), trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 24 Sydney rock oysters (substitute Wellfleet or Kumamoto), shucked with some liquor reserved, arranged on the half shell


  • In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar and shallots. Crumble in the saffron, add 1 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and stir until the salt dissolves. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of the olive oil until blended.
  • Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil in 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Arrange the fennel and sausage on a plate. Spoon some of the vinaigrette into each oyster before serving, and use the remaining vinaigrette for dipping the sausage and fennel slices.


Recipe adapted from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.

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  • Chefpaulo | 01/19/2014

    I don't get this at all. Chorizo, fennel and a saffron-infused vinaigrette will totally overpower the oysters. If I'm going to shuck two dozen Wellfleets, a few drops of lemon and a chilled Marlborough region Sauvignon Blanc is all I need.

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