Simple Garlicky Oyster Rice (Kaki Meshi) Recipe for Lazy Cooks • Seafood


1 cup Jasmine rice or other long grain rice
1.5 cup chicken broth
6-8 medium-sized (2.5-3 inch) fresh oysters, perfectly shucked in liquor
2-3 cloves of garlic, slices into chips
3 dried shiitake mushrooms, sliced (or fresh, sliced)
1/2 inch cube of ginger, grated or finely minced
Shichimi togarashi (optional)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 stem green onion, thinly sliced (optional)
Recipe created by Julie Qiu, In a Half Shell Blog


1.Wash the rice thoroughly in the rice cooker pot.
2.Add chicken broth to the rice, set aside. If using a rice cooker, fill up to the level of liquid required to cook 1 cup of white rice. I think this should be about 1.5 cups of broth.
3.Heat olive oil in a small fry pan on medium-high. Place the garlic slices in the oil and fry them until light golden brown on both sides. Remove and place onto paper towel. Don't overcook!
4.Add the shucked oysters, shiitake mushrooms, fried garlic chips and ginger to the rice cooker pot. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
5.Close the rice cooker lid, set it to cook White Rice and press Start. If you have a Zojirushi, you can now enjoy Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as it starts to cook. Do not open the rice cooker lid. It will release all of the pressure.
6.Once the rice finishes cooking, mix the rice and other ingredients around. Add togarashi, salt and pepper to taste.
7.Sprinkle a little green onion on top for garnish. Enjoy!

Recipe creator Julie Qiu of In a Half Shell Blog and Seafood Nutrition Partnership Ambassador says, “Although I am willing to go out of my way to enjoy tasty food, I am much less motivated when it comes to cooking my own. The simpler the recipe, the better. … I admit that I am a lazy cook, which is why I love this simple Kaki Meshi (Oyster Rice) recipe so much.”

Kaki Meshi, which translates to oyster cooked rice, is a delicious, heart-warming dish. To learn more tips on what types of oysters are best to use, tips on how to choose a great rice cooker, and a video on how to shuck an oyster, visit In a Half Shell.

Though a rice cooker is highly recommended for this recipe, if you don’t have one, just follow the recipe with a non-stick pot. Make sure that your pot has a well-fitted, heavy lid to lock in the steam as it cooks.

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