Oysters Rockefeller

60 mins (prep 45)
14 ingredients
makes 10 hors d'oeuvre servings
Oysters Rockefeller were created in 1899 by Jules Alciatore of Antoine's restaurant, in New Orleans, to make use of local shellfish and greens. Named for John D. Rockefeller, this classic first course is likewise rich. Though Louisiana oysters tend to be quite large, it's best to use small ones, such as Kumamoto or Prince Edward Island, for this recipe. The oysters themselves (not the shells) should be no more than 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

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  • 3/4 cup firmly packed watercress sprigs (2 oz before discarding coarse stems), finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups firmly packed baby spinach (1 1/3 oz), finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped scallion greens
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced celery
  • 3 tablespoons coarse fresh bread crumbs (preferably from a day-old baguette)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pernod or other anise-flavored liquor
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 3 bacon slices
  • about 10 cups kosher salt for baking and serving (3 lb)
  • 20 small oysters on the half shell, oysters picked over for shell fragments and shells scrubbed well


Serving Size (20.46 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 40.7 Calories from Fat 38.07
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.23g 65.07%
Saturated Fat 2.66g 133.03%
Trans Fat 0.17g %
Cholesterol 11.13mg 37.1%
Sodium 1.51mg 0.63%
Total Carbohydrate 0.63g 2.1%
Dietary Fiber 0.27 g 10.69%
Sugars 0.25 g %
Protein 0.23g 4.65%
Vitamin A 179.58IU% Vitamin C 1.24mg%
Calcium 7.14mg% Iron 0.11mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
packed baby spinach, finely chopped, finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced celery, fresh bread crumbs, coarse, or, bacon slices, baking, oysters on the half shell, small