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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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

How to Make Hangtown Fry


  • 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.

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About Hangtown Fry

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

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