Canned oysters are not as flavorful as fresh ones but can serve as a substitute when fresh oysters are not available. Canned oysters work well when battered and fried or used in dips, soups and stew.
Their texture varies from soft to firm and their taste varies from bland to salty.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Canned oysters suffer a loss in flavor from live, fresh oysters and are usually used only in cooked dishes. Smoked, canned oysters are great for appetizers.
Conserving and Storing
Unopened canned oysters can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, it will keep for up to two days if you wrap it well and refrigerate it. Canned oysters will have an expiration date and should be stored refrigerated in their liquor in a covered container once opened. Cooked oysters should not be frozen, lest you end up with rubber door stoppers. Use leftover refrigerated cooked oysters within three days.