Roko’s Charbroiled Oysters

Try this recipe for Roko's Charbroiled Oysters, courtesy of deeply missed market vendor, Croatian oysterman Roko Tvrdeic and his Empire, Louisiana–born wife Patsy.


  • 1 pound butter or margarine
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Papa Tom’s Creole seasoning
  • 36 large raw oysters, opened and on the half shell
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley


Melt butter in a saucepan. Add garlic and Creole seasoning; cook slowly until garlic is translucent, approximately 3 - 5 minutes.

Place oysters on a barbeque grill over high heat. Spoon butter mixture over oysters, then put a pinch of the cheeses and parsley on each oyster. Cook for about 5 - 8 minutes or until the oysters have a puffed-up appearance.

Serves 3-6

Recipe courtesy of Roko's Oysters

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