Oysters with Pickled Asian Pear Mignonette and Gingered Yogurt "Pearls"

Recipe courtesy of Richard Blais
Show: Reinventing the Meal Episode: Reinventing the Meal
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 35 min
Cook: --
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 8 large oysters, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced red chile
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 Asian pear, finely diced
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened whole-milk yogurt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 1 quart liquid nitrogen
  • Special equipment: Large hard plastic 4-quart container
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        Shuck the oysters and set aside in the refrigerator or on ice, keeping them in the shell.

        Stir together the vinegar, cilantro, dill, shallots, chiles, black pepper, turmeric and pear in a medium bowl. Let marinate at room temperature, 15 minutes.

        Coarsely grate the ginger, and place into a cheesecloth. Squeeze the ginger into a medium bowl to yield 1/4 cup juice, and then whisk in the yogurt. Season with salt and white pepper, and continue whisking until it reaches the consistency of paint. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.

        Pour the liquid nitrogen into the hard plastic 4-quart container, and then drip the ginger yogurt into the nitrogen to form pearls. Transfer the pearls to a small bowl using a slotted spoon and freeze so that they can temper, 15 to 20 minutes.

        To serve, spoon the Asian pear mignonette over the oysters, and then top with ginger yogurt pearls. Garnish with the fresh dill and cilantro sprigs.

        Cook's Note: You can find liquid nitrogen at your local welding supply store or an industrial gas supplier. Please follow safety guidelines when using liquid nitrogen. If you do not want to use liquid nitrogen, you can simply mix the ginger pearl ingredients together and dollop 1 teaspoon onto each oyster before adding the mignonette.


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