How to Shuck Oysters
“Shucking” is the term used to describe opening oysters. Oysters are shucked using a special oyster shucking knife, which normally has a round, wooden handle and a short, thick blade. To shuck an oyster, the blade is inserted where the two shells hinge. Skill and a bit of force are needed to find the sweet spot in the oyster’s hinge. Next, carefully rotate the blade until you hear a popping sound. Keep rotating the blade until you cut the muscle that holds the shell closed.
Experienced oyster shuckers find the sweet spot quickly and can open an oyster in a few seconds. Shucking steamed oysters is much quicker and easier than shucking raw oysters. Heavy-duty oyster gloves are recommended for less experienced oyster shuckers. When learning to shuck oysters, it’s easy to apply too much force, which can result in the knife slipping and cutting your hand. Oyster shells can be very sharp as well.