By Chef Ella Freyinger

May 2021

Serves 2

Do oysters know that we call them Nature’s Viagra? One of the most ubiquitous aphrodisiacs in the world, these mollusks play a huge role in fertility, too. Packed with zinc, which helps in healthy egg production and sperm count, oysters contain nutrients essential for conception. Full of more than your daily needs of selenium, iron, and b12. So grab a “friend” and get to shucking.


  • 1 dozen oysters
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ small shallot, minced
  • 10 fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
  • A few pinches freshly ground black pepper


  • To shuck the oysters; I prefer to set mine flat on a cutting board with a kitchen towel over the top, using an oyster knife.
  • In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar, shallot, tarragon and black pepper.
  • Spoon mignonette over oysters just before eating.
  • Enjoy!