Oysters. They seem to be a one of those foods that you either love or hate. But do you know how to slurp them? Here’s how to eat an oyster — the kid foodie edition!

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

how to eat an oyster

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

First, stare at it. Shake the shell. Definitely make a face. A nose wriggle might be in order. 

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Use your tiny fork to swish the oyster around in the shell. Make sure it’s completely detached. DON’T use the fork to eat the oyster. It’s just a prep tool. Yes, it IS confusing.

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Add your accoutrements (kid translation: fancy word for sauces). Chef Bryce Taylor (Mt. Washington teen + past competitor on Chopped Junior), he likes his oysters with cocktail sauce (kid translation: fancy kind of ketchup with a little spicy kick). And horseradish. He likes lots of sauce.

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

You might like yours with just a squeeze of lemon.

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Bring the oyster up to your mouth, wide end of the shell closest to you. Stare some more. Summon a little courage.

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Slurp. Oystercureans can do it in just one slurp, but you might require a few slurps. 

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Swish it around. Swish some more. Summon a little more courage. Chew. Definitely chew.

pint-sized foodies: how to eat an oyster

Swallow.

You might also enjoy seeing these kids react to their first raw oyster experience