Oyster Uni Shooters

C – Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe it’s already January 1st 2013. I am not sure if 2013 has gotten a good start for me. I really took one for the team with this recipe last night. It had alcohol in it. I don’t EVER drink alcohol. So why did I try eating this recipe if it had alcohol in it? Well, for a few reasons.

  • One reason is that ever since Jim and I started Be Mindful. Be Human., I really wanted to make sure I was going beyond my limits as a cook. I really wanted to experience the good things, different tastes, techniques and styles of food. My moto has been to try everything that’s served to me least once.
  • Another reason was that the shooter had really expensive and delicious things in it. All this raw seafood in one bite. Oysters. Love them. Uni. Love them, too. Little crunchy fish eggs. Why not? Ponzu. That’s pretty nice. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the sake. I asked Chris if he could make one for me without any sake. But, he suggested I try it to experience the entire flavor and see how it is meant to taste.
  • I kept on going back and forth. Should I drink it or not? How would I feel afterward? Am I being mindful enough? Is it considered eating food or drinking? I didn’t know.
  • So, the final reason I did it. Curiosity. It got the best of me. Yup. Curiosity killed the cat. I’m the cat.

After one swig, I was done. Luke thought I was going to throw up and started laughing. It was a lot of alcohol for me, even though Chris was being nice and only gave me a half shot. I didn’t want to throw up because of the alcohol or the taste of it. It actually tasted really good. A nice sweet, salty, sour and spicy with some complex textures of silky oyster, soft uni and crunchy roe all in one glass.

It was because there was too much stuff in my mouth. A giant oyster, uni, some fish roe, ponzu, hot sauce and sake all taken in one big gulp. It really wouldn’t have worked if I sipped it.

Oyster Uni Shooters
Recipe type: Drinks, Snacks
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4 glasses
  • Uni
  • Oyster
  • Masago or tobiko
  • Fennel frond or green onion as a garnish
  • Sriracha or chile sauce
  • Good Sake
Ponzu Sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup Mirin (Substitute 1 cup sake + 2 Tbsp sugar)
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  1. Arrange champagne glasses
  2. Place uni and/or shucked oyster in bottom of glass
  3. Add ½ – ¾ shot sake
  4. Match with the same amount of ponzu
  5. Add ½ tsp sriracha/chile sauce, if you like it hot! (less, if you want less heat)
  6. Garnish with masago, fennel frond and green onion
  7. Enjoy!


Luckily, I didn’t throw up. But the one shot did affect me. I think I am hungover. Jessica still can’t believe I took the shot. Sake was really strong. Well, I tried it once and will never do that again. But, if you are a seafood lover and can handle your alcohol, you should give it a try.

Hope you have a great 2013. Be Mindful. Be Human. is going to do more great things that I will try at least once. Hope you enjoy the experiences with us.