Shucking an oyster is the process of opening the shell to reveal the delicate meat inside. In this video, we show you how to open an oyster safely at its hinge by twisting and levering up the shell with a knife. We've also given advice for buying the best oysters, as well as simple serving options.

How to shuck an oyster

  • Wrap a teatowel over one hand and use it to hold the oyster firmly.
  • Using an oyster shucking knife in the other hand, place the tip of the shucking knife at the base of the hinge, twist the knife using pressure, then without the pressure, lever the knife upwards, or twist it to prise the hinge open.
  • Slide the knife under the top sheel to release the oyster and remove the shell.
  • You can now add a dressing of your choice to the oyster.

Also read our guides on how to cook oysters and 5 ways with oysters for more serving ideas.


Store oysters in the bottom of the fridge, rounded-side down.


Oysters should be tightly shut before you buy them or open them - if they are already open, they may have perished and are not safe to eat.

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