Mignonette Sauce

Sarah MickeyAll Recipes, Oyster Recipes, Vinegar Recipes & Techniques 3 Comments

Plenty of people prefer their raw oysters on the half-shell seasoned with just a little lemon juice, vinegar, or hot sauce.  That’s fine for us in a pinch or on a picnic, but when possible a mignonette can’t be beat.

Basic Mignonette Sauce
1 tbsp very finely diced shallots
3 tbsp champagne vinegar

1. Add shallots to champagne vinegar, and serve the completed sauce on your platter of fresh oysters, so people can choose how much they want.

Really, that’s it.  It’ll probably take more time to open the oysters (be sure to use a good oyster knife for your safety & sanity) than to make the sauce.  Of course, if you wanted to add more complexity to your mignonette, here are some suggestions:

Use a different vinegar: Sherry vinegar is a classic choice, although we like the clarity provided by champagne vinegar.  For really exciting flavors, try using one of Ritrovo’s Fruit Vinegars (though we’d recommend not using cherry for this, it’s very strong).

Add other flavors:
Lemon juice, dry white wine, and freshly ground tellicherry peppercorns all work well in mignonettes.

If anybody has any other great mignonette recipes, we’d love to hear them (just leave a comment below!).

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Comments 3

  1. Oysters were the first course for our Feast of the Seven Fishes. Served Taylor Shellfish Totten Inlet Virginicas & Kushi’s with a mignontte of shallots, Yuzu Kosho, rice vinegar & Sudachi Juice. My new favorite mignonette–spicy & exotic.

  2. Hi Catherine,

    Sounds delish! Justin also did oysters this Christmas and tried using three of our new vinegars with shallots to make mignonette. He says the hibiscus vinegar, honey wine vinegar and d’anjou pear vinegar all made great mignonettes and his guests really liked having such different options to try.


  3. Okay, now I need to buy some hibiscus vinegar. Just found an article from NPR’s Kitchen Window with some inspiring recipes from a Mexico City Chef. I want to make Seared Duck Breast with a Hibiscus Orange Sauce & the Watercress, Goat Cheese, Pecan Salad with Hibiscus Vinaigrette.

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