Oyster Kinilaw Recipe | PBS Food

Meaning “eaten raw,” kinilaw is traditional Filipino raw seafood dish that relies heavily on citrus juices in the cooking process. Melissa Miranda’s version calls for oysters, and appears in the Seattle episode of No Passport Required.


Yield: About 4 servings



  • 12 local fresh oysters (medium to large are best)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger
  • 1/2 Thai chilies
  • 1 seasonal citrus (i.e. blood orange or grapefruit)
  • 1/2 cup sugarcane vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Finely dice the shallots and ginger, and thinly slice the Thai chillies into rounds; set aside.
  2. Supreme the citrus by removing the membrane to be served in slices; set aside.
  3. Fully open the oyster shell, place meat in a bowl.
  4. Add onion, ginger, citrus, vinegar, ground black pepper, chili and salt to taste. Mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour and serve.
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