Rockin' Oysters Rockefeller


Oysters Rockefeller is a rich seafood appetizer. This recipe adds three types of cheese to the creamy sauce for an even more decadent version of the classic.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 48 fresh, unopened oysters

  • 1 ½ cups beer

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 7 black peppercorns

  • seasoned salt to taste

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

  • 8 ounces fontina cheese, shredded

  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs


  1. Clean oysters, and place them in a large stockpot. Pour in beer and enough water to cover oysters; add 2 cloves of garlic, peppercorns, and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain, and cool.

    Stockpot with boiling cooking liquid for oysters Rockefeller, as seen from above

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)

  3. Once oysters are cooled, break off and discard the top shell. Arrange oysters on a baking sheet.

    High angle view of a baking pan with cooked oysters on the half shell

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  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic in butter until soft. Reduce heat to low; stir in spinach, Monterey Jack, fontina, and mozzarella. Cook until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Stir in milk; season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over each oyster, just filling the shell. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

    Overview of a baking dish with oysters Rockefeller with a pan of sauce

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  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and bubbly, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.

    High angle shot of a baking sheet of prepared oysters Rockefeller and lemon slices


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
17g Fat
5g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 652mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 352mg 27%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 244mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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