Oysters with cucumber sorbet and pepper spray

Oysters with cucumber sorbet and pepper spray

Have You Eaten
Billy Law

This is a fun recipe for those who are sceptical about oysters. I think the flavour combo of oyster and cucumber is a marriage made in heaven. The cucumber sorbet keeps the oysters chilled, and its sweetness provides a wonderful contrast to the brininess of the oysters. Then the fun part: spraying your food with tiny bottles of pepper spray is guaranteed to bring out your inner child.


Quantity Ingredient
1 dozen oysters, freshly shucked
crushed ice, for serving
20g salmon roe

Cucumber sorbet

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon glucose
125ml water
2 lebanese cucumbers, peeled
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons vodka

Pepper spray

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
pinch salt
4 x 5ml atomisers, (see note)


  1. To make the cucumber sorbet, put the sugar, glucose and water into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Once boiling, remove the sugar syrup from the heat and let it cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Purée the whole cucumbers in a small food processor or blender, then add the lime juice, vodka and cold sugar syrup. Stir well, then strain through a fine sieve. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Alternatively, pour the mixture into a baking tin and let it set in the freezer. Scrape the frozen cucumber ice block into powdered snow just before serving.
  3. To make the pepper spray, mix all the ingredients together and then pour into the atomisers.
  4. To serve, place the oysters on some crushed ice. Top each oyster with a teaspoon of cucumber sorbet, then garnish with ½ teaspoon of salmon roe. Invite guests to pepper spray the oysters as much or as little as they like using the atomisers.


  • You can find small atomisers at bargain shops, cosmetic stores or pharmacies. Sterilise the bottles with boiling water before using them.
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