Oysters and clams can be cooked several different ways. The most important issue it to make sure they have not spoiled because they can cause very serious problems to health if spoiled. Although many like oysters raw or uncooked, the practice is never recommended. Cooked oysters are very good and the process kills any bacteria present.
The Oyster Roast
One of the most popular methods to cook oysters in the Beaufort area is to steam / roast them over a fire, a method known as a oyster roast. A fire is built using wood logs. After all is good and hot, a sheet of metal is laid over center blocks that are positioned on both sides of the fire and hot ash bed. The oysters are spread onto the metal sheet, then covered with damp burlap cloth. The oysters slowly steam in their own juices while roasting. Oysters will begin to open when they are done, usually after about 10 - 20 minutes. Using a snow shovel, remove them to a table and enjoy. Use a oyster knife to carefully separate the shell, then scrape out the oyster treat. Oysters may also be baked or broiled in an oven or roasted on the grill, if a full blown oyster roast is not your style. Be careful when separating the shells, as they are very sharp and can inflict some very painful cuts. Always twist the knife to open oysters, never stab and lift.
Clams in the Microwave
Clams can be cooked in the oven, cooked like the oyster roast above, on the grill, by frying in a fryer or steamed using the microwave. A very popular method is steaming in the microwave. To microwave clams, space 5-8 clams, (do not remove from shells), on a plate and microwave until they just start to open. Do not overcook, it usually takes less than a minute. Some prefer to "hit" the clam with a small dab of butter as soon as it opens, just before taking it out of the microwave. Clams are very tasty using this method. No matter how clams and oysters are cooked, be careful not to over cook, as all seafood begins to loose taste and the texture is like rubber if overcooked.