Oysters Rockefeller from Grand Central Oyster Bar's Sandy Ingber Recipe

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Sandy Ingber, executive chef at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City, decreed the Royal Miyagi oyster from K & B Seafood as December’s Oyster of the Month. The “Bishop of Bivalves” suggests the Royals from Vancouver Island for his renowned Oysters Rockefeller recipe, perfect for a holiday appetizer, and one of the signature dishes of the historic seafood restaurant “below sea level” at Grand Central Terminal. Scott Conant featured this dish on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, calling it “old-school cooking at its best.” As he says, every component needs to be perfect.

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Servings: 4 servings


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  • 24 Royal Miyagi oysters on the half shell (substituted for traditional Blue Point oyster recipe)
  • Creamed Spinach
  • This is one of the key components of our Oysters Rockefeller, but creamed spinach has been on our menu as a side since Mr. Jerome Brody reopened the restaurant. The only change is that we now make it with vin blanc sauce—and what a difference it makes in flavor!
  • Serves 4
  • 1 pound frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • Vin Blanc Sauce (page TK)
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Hollandaise Sauce
  • We serve this sauce most often with salmon, but it’s also a great sauce for grouper and red snapper (one of old classics is broiled grouper with Hollandaise sauce and snow peas).
  • Makes about 2 cups
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups clarified butter (page TK)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 dashes Tabasco sauce (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Position an oven rack in the top position and heat the broiler. Remove the oysters from their shells.
  2. Arrange the shells on a rimmed baking sheet and spread 1 heaping tablespoon of the creamed spinach into each shell. (You’ll have some spinach left over.) Set the oysters on top of the spinach. Broil until the oysters are just starting to ruffle, about 1 minute. Remove from the broiler and nap each oyster with about 1 tablespoon hollandaise sauce. Broil until the sauce browns, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Creamed Spinach
  4. Place the spinach in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  5. Transfer the spinach to a large skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until the spinach is warm. Stir in the vin blanc sauce, then season with nutmeg and salt and stir again. Keep the spinach warm until you serve it.
  6. Hollandaise Sauce
  7. Put the egg yolks and wine in a large stainless steel bowl set over a pot of simmering water. The bowl should not touch the water. Whisk vigorously until the yolks are light and tripled in volume. The consistency will be like a pudding, and the yolks will make a ribbon that sits on the surface for 3 seconds when you lift the whisk. Be careful not to scramble the eggs as you whisk; make sure to whisk along the sides of the bowl, and take the bowl off the heat periodically.
  8. Set the bowl on the counter—on a damp kitchen towel to keep it steady—and whisk in the butter in a very slow, steady stream. Don’t add the butter too quickly, or the sauce will break. Once all the butter is added, whisk in the lemon juice, Tabasco, and salt.
  9. Keep the sauce warm until you’re ready to serve it.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 289g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 723  
Calories from Fat 669 93%
Total Fat 76.0g 95%
Saturated Fat 46.81g 187%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 223mg 74%
Sodium 906mg 38%
Potassium 789mg 23%
Total Carbs 8.23g 2%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 16%
Sugars 1.34g 1%
Protein 7.99g 13%


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