By Rebecca Jones

Fresh oysters are always a delicacy, whether served raw, roasted or steamed. Make a dinner party special with an easy oven-steamed version of these tasty shellfish and delight your guests with this healthful and fabled aphrodisiac.

Steamed fresh oysters make a great appetizer.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat the roasting pan on the bottom shelf of the oven until it is very hot.

Step 2

Remove the pan from the oven and quickly fill it with 3 dozen scrubbed oysters and 1 cup of water, then cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil.

Step 3

Return the pan to the oven and roast the oysters until the shells just begin to open (about 1/16 inch). This takes about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Serve the oysters as they open, removing them with tongs, and roast any unopened oysters a few minutes longer, covered with foil. Discard oysters that do not open.

Step 5

Serve with your favorite condiments; horse radish, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges are good choices.