Ingredients: Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas), Organic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Tomatoes, Habanero Peppers, Garlic, Hot Sauce (water, chili peppers, habanero peppers, tomato paste, vinegar, salt, garlic, onion spices, xanthan gum), Organic Sugar, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Onion Powder, Citric Acid, Natural Smoke.
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Hream McDan (verified owner) –
Whoa. 5 stars out of 5. If you’re reading this, BUY THIS before reading further.
Disclaimer: I am not a big oyster guy. I enjoy them in gumbo, I like them fried, I can tolerate them raw (but I never seek that out). I’m always open to trying new ways to have something that I feel like I *should* like … and I’ve always felt like I should like oysters. Well, this is it. This is the best oyster experience I’ve had.
The tin seems small at first but there’s actually a LOT of oysters in there. They didn’t fill up the tin with oil or anything else, it’s all just oysters. They’re big with a perfectly moist texture, not too soft, not chewy. They aren’t beautiful to look at, but if you’re reading this then you already knew that. The habanero heat is an absolutely ideal medium / medium-hot. Each oyster has a very light coating of sauce but is by no means swimming in any liquid. Since the habanero powers so much of the flavor profile, I can’t really say I noticed smoke here but certainly would say these had a wonderful depth of flavor.
Place an oyster on a cracker, then eat. I had mine with Wheat Thins and WOW … this is the oyster experience I’ve been searching for. It’s certainly not an inexpensive can but I’m gonna tell ya, this can is worth the splurge. I’ve got to try the other Ekone oyster tins now, it’s going to be hard to beat this habanero one … I have a feeling that I’ll be every-other-month splurging on Ekone moving forward.
Greg L (verified owner) –
These were good. Great smoky habanero flavor. Not as spicy as I’d expect, but I like things rather spicy. There was very little sauce to speak of, but the oysters were coated well. I haven’t had smoked oysters from a tin before, but the texture was just about what I expected. Pretty firm, not dry, pretty meaty. Most of the oysters appeared to be cut in portions. The oyster flavor was decent. I think if you like smoked oysters, these are a great treat. I enjoyed them on some high-quality potato chips. All that being said, I probably won’t purchase these again. I far prefer raw oysters and the enjoyment vs price equation isn’t balanced for me personally. These are good, but leave me wanting the real thing. Raw and freshly shucked. If you like smoked oysters, I’m sure these will be a hit.
suzjackson (verified owner) –
As a lifelong smoked oyster fan (Santa used to fill my stocking with tins from the grocery store) I had high expectations, and these certainly hit the mark. They’re big oysters, very meaty, and in my opinion, hold a really pleasant amount of heat. They could have been spicier, sure, but I think that would have detracted from the lovely smokiness. They’re neither oily nor are they dry, and they’re packed generously.
If you’re new to smoked oysters, do know that this is a totally different experience from that of a raw, grilled, or steamed oyster (just as a raw oyster is different from a grilled oyster, and a grilled oyster from a steamed oyster, etc.) With that being said, if you aren’t a fan of other variations of oyster, hey! You just might love these.
I just ordered a batch of tinned fish to gift to my parents as an early Christmas treat, and included these without hesitation. And we’ve come full circle!
twa101 (verified owner) –
To start off, I am not an oyster fan, and I was a bit nervous to try this tin that was part of my Omakase purchase. I was pleasantly surprised upon opening the can to find that the oysters did not smell fishy at all, in fact the smell was reminiscent of a can of baked beans. I did not get any chile smell at all either. Granted, they don’t have a whole lot of visual appear but does an oyster ever have visual appeal? They looked a bit like sautéed mushrooms in barbecue sauce. Taste wise, they are fantastic. Nice smokey flavor but not overpowering and finally, a can that delivers with some heat! Just a little bit of burn from the Habs on the lips and in the throat. I was worried that it might be too acrid as is often the case with smoked hot sauces, but the flavor is well balanced. You could still get a bit of the briny flavor of the sea. The texture was very soft, but I really loved the taste, and scarfed the tin down in no time at all with some crackers and had an overall enjoyable experience.