This sandwich is perfection on a bun. Crispy, flash-fried Louisiana oysters nestled in a soft, brioche-type bun, studded with jalapeno peppers and slathered with sauce. It is crave-worthy indeed.
Rachael’s Cafe in Lafayette, Louisiana, is home to this sandwich perfection. Just off busy Kaliste Saloom Road and tucked into a nondescript strip shopping center that’s seen better days, Rachael Hebert’s little café could very well be the best Cajun eatery you’ve never heard of. Everything on the menu is delicious: gumbo, crab cakes, seafood platters, daily plate lunches, and her popular coconut sweet potatoes are part of a vast menu of options.
But it is this spectacular sandwich–the Fried Oyster Sandwich on a jalapeño bun–that brings me back time and again. You won’t find a tastier one-of-a-kind sandwich anywhere, and if you’re an oyster lover like me, you’ve found the culinary Holy Grail at only six dollars. Yep, that’s right—six bucks.
As I recreate my recipe version of this sandwich, I will admit that, while I come close in taste, it is both more cost and time efficient for all of you locals just to visit Rachael’s. But I understand that not all of my readers have the luxury of living smack dab in the middle of this delicious Cajun culinary culture, so this one’s for you.
- 1 gallon peanut oil
- 2 dozen raw Louisiana oysters
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons Acadiana Table Cajun Seasoning Blend, see recipe here
- 4 brioche buns
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 4 large slices of tomato
- Fill your fry pot with oil and heat until the temperature reaches 350ºF.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, and Cajun seasoning.
- In batches, coat the oysters in the dry breading and drop them into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on a wire rack and salt immediately.
- Build the sandwich by lightly toasting the buns and slathering the bottom half with mayonnaise. Layer the lettuce and tomatoes and top with 6 fried oysters. Dress the top half of the bun with more mayo and close.
- Serve immediately with hot sauce on the side.
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