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Why are Chilean oysters so tasty?

Diego Salas

The Chilean oyster is known throughout the culinary world for its distinctive flavor and special texture. Normally, this seafood is eaten fresh from the sea and in its shell with a little lemon juice. Preparation for this surprising, impressive dish is as simple as that.

There are several reasons Chilean oysters are believed to have such a special, appetizing taste. Environmental conditions, within which these mollusks grow, are unique. Surrounded by the cold Humboldt Current, they feed on mineral-rich nutrients from the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

This advantage allows Chilean oysters to be grown naturally, without artificial additives. Oysters feed primarily on plankton and protein- and lipid-rich microorganisms, giving them their delicate flavor and smooth texture.

In addition, oysters are considered one of the healthiest seafoods, since they are rich in zinc, iron, vitamin B12, Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. Therefore, they stand out both for their flavor and nutritional value.

Those who visit Chile and love seafood cuisine are fortunate to enjoy a great variety of flavors, such as urchins, abalone, crab and clams, among many others, which can be tasted in varied and scrumptious typical dishes, such as paila marina, curanto, and mariscal. These and others are prepared according to local recipes and available ingredients and vary by region.

Pairing recommendations

Imagine looking out to the sea and a wonderful coastal landscape, and absorbing the calming wind, ocean sounds and aromas. Now add a dish of Chilean oysters and some good wine. What could be better?

To accompany this ocean delight and make the experience even more complete, a fresh and light white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay is recommended. These varieties have a fruity taste and a balanced acidity that perfectly complements the smooth taste of oysters. They are also suggested as pairings for other seafood, such as urchins, abalone and clams.

For crab, a powerfully flavored and tender textured seafood often used in Chilean cuisine, a Carmenere or Syrah red wine must be considered. The body and moderate acidity of both of these wines help balance the powerful flavor of this crustacean.

At Tierra Chiloé we love to bring these typical flavors to a guest’s table. Each hotel visitor can customize their experience, indicating prior to their arrival their interests and trip goals. If you would like to learn more about Chilean cuisine and discover the flavors of the Chilean sea, such as its exquisite fish and seafood, our excellent options will leave you with unforgettable memories. Write to us at to start planning your stay.