Should Oyster Or Should I Go?

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Darling, you got to let me know… should oyster or should I go?

Should Oyster Or Should I Go? - a baked oyster recipe inspired by the classic song from The Clash

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Disclaimer: This editors of this musical-theatre-inspired-recipe blog are fully aware that this dish has NOT been inspired by Broadway, the West End, Penge Amateur Operatic Society or even a musical movie. But we don’t care. It’s a great pun. 

Should I Stay Or Should I Go is a classic hit from The Clash. Released in 1981, it only reached number 17 in the UK charts. But, when they re-released it ten years later, it reached number 1. The song was re-released because it was featured in a popular commercial for Levi’s in 1991 – an ad that is still entertaining over 25 years <gulp> later.

It isn’t every writer that can segue seamlessly between The Clash and an oyster gratin – and luckily we really don’t have to. Are you a fan of The Clash? Are you fan of oysters? If you answered yes to both, try this recipe! And then if you answered no to liking oysters, give the dish to me – because it’s delish!

I’ve used ready-shucked oysters here, but if you’re shucking them yourself you could always cook them on the half shell – the dish would work just as well!

Should Oyster Or Should I Go? - a baked oyster recipe inspired by the classic song from The Clash

Yield: 2

Should Oyster Or Should I Go?

Should Oyster Or Should I Go?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 10 oz box frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 shucked oysters
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat the broiler (overhead grill).
  2. Season the cooked and drained spinach with salt and pepper, then spread it over the base of a small baking dish (Le Creuset is optional).
  3. Drain the oysters and place them on the bed of spinach.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt and black pepper.
  5. Spread the topping over the oysters and spinach, and then broil(grill) for 4-5 minutes or until the topping has turned golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle the dish with parsley then serve.


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