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Oysters Giovanni Recipe
Oysters Giovanni
Duke LoCicero, Cafe Giovanni, Nouvelle Orleans, Louisiane
Duke LoCicero, Cafe Giovanni, Nouvelle Orleans, Louisiane
Chef's Note

Demi-glace can be purchased pre-made in gourmet food stores and some groceries. If it is not available, 1,25 litre / 5 cups low-sodium beef broth, reduced to 375 ml / 1 1/2 cups can be substituted for the demi-glace in this recipe.

For 2 appetizer servings

- 60 ml / 1/4 cup ginger, unpeeled and sliced
- 60 ml / 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, in all
- 15 ml / 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 180 ml / 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 375 ml / 1 1/2 cups demi-glace
- Salt, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus additional to taste
- 250 ml / 1 cup granulated sugar
- 180 ml / 3/4 cup water
- 60 ml / 1/4 cup each of chopped mango, kiwi and raspberries

Butter sauce
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup white wine
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, softened

Fried oysters
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 250 ml / 1 cup corn flour (finely ground corn meal)
- 14 shucked Louisiana oysters



  1. In a sauté pan, sweat the sliced ginger and bell pepper in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, until cooked through but not browned.
  2. Deglaze the pan with the Marsala, removing the pan from heat when adding the wine to prevent igniting the alcohol.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar and reduce until syrupy.
  4. Add the demi-glace and reduce the sauce by half. Strain and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. In a small saucepot, combine granulated sugar and water and bring to a boil. Once sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and refrigerate until cool.
  6. Combine each 60 ml / 1/4 cup of fruit with 60 ml / 1/4 cup of simple syrup in a blender and purée until smooth. Transfer each accent sauce into a squeeze bottle and set aside.
  7. In another small saucepot, combine white wine, lemon juice and whipping cream. Reduce until au sec or almost dry. Whip in softened butter. Once butter is fully incorporated, remove lemon butter from heat and transfer into a squeeze bottle.


  1. In a bowl, combine Creole seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, granulated garlic and corn flour.
  2. Dredge oysters in flour mixture and pan fry in remaining 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil as needed. When crispy and golden, remove from heat and drain on paper towels.


  1. To serve, divide ginger pepper sauce in half between 2 plates.
  2. Swirl the 3 accent sauces and lemon butter in spirals from the center of each plate. Drag a toothpick across the spirals to embellish the pattern (see photo). Arrange 7 oysters on each plate and serve.
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