Baked Oysters Espy

baked oysters
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 6 servings

Every Christmas Eve in Willapa Bay, Wash., Nyel and Sydney Stevens serve baked oysters. A century-old family tradition, the recipe has been passed down from Sydney's great-grandmother, Julia Jefferon Espy.


Nonstick cooking spray
12medium oysters
1/4cup ketchup
1tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bacon, cut in thirds
3ounces medium-sharp Cheddar cheese, sliced into 6 pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Spray 6 ramekins or shells with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place 2 oysters in each ramekin.
  4.  Mix ketchup, Tabasco and Worcestershire. Spoon 1 tablespoon over each serving of oysters. Place 1 piece of bacon on top. Place 1 slice of Cheddar cheese over bacon. Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until browned and crusty.

—Nyel and Sydney Stevens

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 90
  • Fat 6g
  • Sodium 340mg
  • Carbohydrate 5g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Protein 6g