Hangtown Fry with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs


My variation on the traditional Hangtown Fry contains cheese and fresh herbs and is finished under the broiler where the egg/oyster mixture puffs up like a cross between a frittata and a souffle. I get the best results using a cast iron skillet. It's important that the oven be hot before you place the skillet under the broiler.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
3 servings


  • 6 eggs

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 12 shucked small oysters, drained

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the broiler; place the rack about 5 inches from the broiling unit.

  2. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Add cream, hot sauce, basil, oregano, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the grated Parmesan cheese.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the skillet and swirl it around to coat the pan evenly. Place the oysters in the skillet and brown on both sides, about 1 minute on each side. Let the liquid reduce a bit, about 30 seconds longer.

  4. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the oysters, keeping the oysters evenly distributed in the pan. After about 30 seconds, shake the pan slightly but do not stir. After about 3 minutes when the bottom and sides of the eggs begin to set, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and place the pan under the broiler.

  5. Broil until the eggs begin to puff around the edges and the top is nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven; sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately from the skillet in wedge-shaped pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

559 Calories
34g Fat
17g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 559
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 514mg 171%
Sodium 675mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 24mg 122%
Calcium 191mg 15%
Iron 16mg 90%
Potassium 632mg 13%

* 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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