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Oysters are one of the most popular aphrodisiacs and they're known for packing amino acids, zinc, and iron. Some believe that you have to consume them raw in order to rip these benefits though. They are the perfect Valentine's Day food—sexy, healthy, and delicious!
Fresh oysters with Asian pear salad and ponzu-sesame sauce:
Yield: 2 servings
In a small bowl, whisk together ponzu sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper. Set aside.
In another small bowl, combine Asian pear, shallot, red jalapeño, and lemon juice.
Scrub oysters well with a brush. Place one by one, flat side up, on a folded towel and carefully loosen shell with a sharp knife. Slide knife under the muscle to loosen meat. Arrange over ice on a deep platter and serve within 1 hour.
Divide coarse salt in two plates and rest three oysters on each bed of salt. Spoon salad over oysters and top with sauce. Garnish with micro-greens.
To steam oysters (optional)
Pour cooking sake on a small pot, set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, add oysters and cover pot with lid. Steam oysters for 2-3 minutes or until they just open. Transfer to a plate immediately. Reserve liquid and discard unopened oysters. Cover platter loosely and chill for approximately 30 minutes, until oysters have cooled down.
Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer and add a couple of tablespoons to ponzu-sesame sauce, if desired, to add flavor; discard the rest.