Hangtown Fry

Mikekey *


An oyster omelet. Legend says a miner walked into the Cary Hotel in Hangtown during the California Gold Rush and demanded the most expensive dish. Eggs were over a dollar a piece and oyster were even more expensive, so this is what the chef came up with. Use jarred small Pacific oysters, drained and patted dry.

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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


12 small
raw oysters, patted dry (jarred oysters)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c
all purpose flour
1 large
egg, beaten
cracker crumbs, as needed
3 Tbsp
unsalted butter
8 large
eggs, beaten


1Mix flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat 1 egg. In another bowl, add cracker crumbs. Beat 8 eggs in another mixing bowl and set aside.
2Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
3Dip oyster in flour mixture, then egg, then roll in cracker crumbs. Repeat with all oysters.
Fry in butter until browned; turn them over and fry other side until browned.
4Leaving oysters in pan, pour eggs over them and cook until firm. Flip the omelet over and cook on other side until done.
5Divide into 2 or 4 portions and serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Eggs
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American