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.

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

558.7 calories; protein 44.1g 88% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; fat 33.5g 52% DV; cholesterol 513.8mg 171% DV; sodium 675.1mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
I made this tonight using a jar of small oysters and some farmers' market eggs. It was fast and easy--puffed up beautifully under the broiler! With a green salad and crusty bread, this dinner took less than 30 minutes to get on the table. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2018
As written this recipe was just OK for me because it was lacking in flavor and overall zip. Having said that it cooked up beautifully with the eggs fluffy and the presentation beautiful. So I believe this is a good "base" recipe from which you could add any meats veggies and seasoning to your own liking. I will definitely try it out again with sauteed onions added as a minimum some salt and probably a stronger cheese since the parmesan was lost in the mix. Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
I made this tonight using a jar of small oysters and some farmers' market eggs. It was fast and easy--puffed up beautifully under the broiler! With a green salad and crusty bread, this dinner took less than 30 minutes to get on the table. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
Oysters and eggs who would have known! I used this recipe as inspiration and made mine with garlic onion red bell pepper bacon and a splash of cognac. Very good! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
This recipe was really great. I loved the flavor of fresh herbs with the eggs. To Katydid68 I think it's unfair for you to rate this recipe considering your lack of proper ingredients and several changes. Try it with the correct ingredients and I bet you WILL rate it with 5 stars. Maybe not but at least it will be more fair. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2011
Tried this this morning. Maybe I shouldn't give it only 4 stars since I didn't have all the ingredients on hand and had to make do with dried seasonings and evaporated milk. Also what I didn't like about it may have been my fault. I like my eggs a little soft and didn't know how to do that cooking them 2 different ways. My husband said it was OK and had a LOT of suggestions on how to fix it. I don't think I'll be making it again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
shucking the oysters (or whatever shellfish I bought; whatever was cheapest)was the hardest part. Nuke them in the micro for a little bit. They pop right open. Nice recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2016
It's raining here at the beach in SoCal windy grey--dark even... Ahhh... This recipe made me think of my fine days in Seattle where I used to make hang town fry and recipes like it using oysters salmon Northwest ingredients from Pike Place etc. And I used oysters and salmon in this dish potatoes also. So it was indeed like a frittata. I baked a large potato and sliced it then fried it all crispy and brown in olive oil before putting the oysters on top to cook a bit. Next I poured the egg mixture over which was custom (isn't yours always too?). The rest pretty much went by recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2016
I will add salt next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2018
I liked it but my wife couldn't go for the oysters. She likes clams. Maybe next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2017
Great for a mid-week dinner. Easy and good. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2018
As written this recipe was just OK for me because it was lacking in flavor and overall zip. Having said that it cooked up beautifully with the eggs fluffy and the presentation beautiful. So I believe this is a good "base" recipe from which you could add any meats veggies and seasoning to your own liking. I will definitely try it out again with sauteed onions added as a minimum some salt and probably a stronger cheese since the parmesan was lost in the mix. Read More