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Oysters from the Algarve

Discover Algarve Oysters : From the cradle of the Ria Formosa to the table in France

Algarve oysters, these jewels of the sea with their subtle, refined flavour, have long been a favourite with connoisseurs and gourmets alike. From the magnificent Ria Formosa to Alvor, these ocean delicacies are prized for their exceptional quality and unique farming process. Let's delve into the fascinating world of oyster farming in the Algarve, their export to France, and find out where you can enjoy them freshly harvested or even buy them direct from local producers.

The Oyster Farming Process in the Algarve

Oyster farming in the Algarve is an ancient art, combining tradition and innovation to produce marine molluscs of exceptional quality. Oysters are generally imported from France at an early stage of their growth, measuring only around 2 centimetres. However, it is in the warmer, nutrient-rich waters of the Algarve that they find the ideal environment to develop to their full potential.

Once they arrive at the region's oyster farms, the oysters are placed in specially designed bags that float on the surface of the water. These bags allow the oysters to filter essential nutrients while being protected from natural predators. For around two years, the oysters feed on the riches of the sea, developing their unique flavour and delicate texture.

Exporting to France: The link between the Algarve and Arcachon

France, renowned for its fine cuisine and delicate seafood, is a key market for Algarve oysters. After reaching their optimum size in the warm waters of the Algarve, the oysters are ready to be exported to France, particularly to renowned regions such as Arcachon.

This export process is the result of close collaboration between oyster producers in the Algarve and seafood connoisseurs in France. The oysters, carefully cultivated and pampered in the Algarve, are shipped to France, where they are prized for their incomparable freshness and quality.

Purchase Direct from the Producer: Ostraselect in Lagos

For those who want to enjoy these delicacies of the sea in their purest expression, there's nothing like buying directly from the producer. Ostraselect, located near Lagos, is one of the leading oyster producers in the Algarve, offering customers the chance to buy freshly harvested oysters at a bargain price.

At just €0.50 each, or €6 a dozen, oysters are a gastronomic treasure at an affordable price. For those looking for an authentic culinary experience, nothing beats a visit to Ostraselect, where you can meet the passionate producers, learn more about the oyster farming process and enjoy these ocean delicacies straight from the source.


Here are some delicious recipes featuring oysters:

  1. Oysters au gratin with garlic butter and herbs :

  • Open the oysters and place them on a baking tray.

  • In a bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

  • Place a small amount of this mixture on each oyster.

  • Roast in the oven at 200°C for around 5-7 minutes, until the butter is golden brown and bubbling.

  1. Oysters Rockefeller :

  • Open the oysters and keep them in their shells.

  • Make a sauce by mixing chopped spinach, onions, dill, breadcrumbs, garlic, melted butter, salt and pepper.

  • Spoon the sauce over each oyster.

  • Bake at 220°C for around 10-12 minutes, until the sauce is hot and lightly browned.

  1. Oysters with champagne :

  • Open the oysters and serve on a bed of ice.

  • In a saucepan, heat the champagne with a few finely chopped shallots.

  • Leave to simmer until the champagne has reduced by half.

  • Gently pour the reduction over the oysters and serve immediately.

  1. Fried oysters :

  • Open the oysters and drain on kitchen paper.

  • Dredge the oysters in flour seasoned with salt and pepper, then in beaten eggs, and finally in breadcrumbs.

  • Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large frying pan.

  • Fry the oysters for around 2 to 3 minutes, until golden and crisp.

  • Serve with a cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.

  1. Oysters with lemon and mignonette vinaigrette :

  • Open the oysters and arrange them on a platter.

  • Make a vinaigrette by mixing red wine vinegar, finely chopped shallots and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Drizzle each oyster with lemon juice and a spoonful of mignonette vinaigrette.

  • Serve immediately with extra lemon wedges.


You can find a list of restaurants serving oysters by clicking here.

We recommend the Atipico restaurant in Albufeira, which offers sometimes Ostraselect oysters among its tapas selection. Call or send a message to find out about arrivals and availability


Algarve oysters, lovingly bred in the region's warm, rich waters, are a gastronomic treasure trove. From the cradle of the Ria Formosa or Alvor to your plate in France, these delights of the sea embody excellence and quality, testifying to the harmony between tradition and innovation in the world of oyster farming. For an unforgettable culinary experience, don't miss the chance to sample Algarve oysters, either at a local restaurant or direct from the producer. Bon appétit!


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