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baked talaba recipe

Baked Talaba Recipe

Baked Talaba is a classic Filipino dish that’s popular for its aromatic flavor and succulent texture. A combination of butter, garlic, parsley, Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over baked talaba makes this recipe irresistible.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 176kcal


  • large skillet
  • Baking Tray


  • TT To Taste fresh parsley, chopped, sprinkled on top as a garnish, adding a fresh and herbaceous note that elevates the visual appeal and adds a burst of herbal fragrance.
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese grated, creating a rich and cheesy topping that melts into a golden and crispy crust, adding a nutty and savory note that enhances the dish's overall richness.
  • 1/4 cup of butter melted, creating a rich and velvety base for the dish, infusing it with a luxurious and buttery flavor.
  • TT lemon wedges served on the side, providing a tangy and citrusy element that adds a refreshing and bright flavor to the dish, balancing the richness of the oysters and adding a hint of acidity.
  • 2.25 lbs. of fresh talaba oysters, shelled, offering succulent and briny morsels of seafood, adding a delightful oceanic flavor and a delicate and tender texture.
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced, adding a pungent and aromatic kick to the dish, enhancing its savory profile and providing a delightful garlicky essence.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper adding a subtle and peppery heat that enhances the overall flavor profile, providing a hint of spiciness.


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and ground black pepper to the melted butter, stirring until fragrant. Add the chopped parsley and stir until combined.
  • Place the shelled talaba onto a baking tray and pour the butter mixture over them. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of the talaba.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the finished dish and serve.


• To ensure your talaba are properly cooked, make sure they open easily. If they don’t, bake them for a few minutes longer.
• To get the best flavor, use freshly grated Parmesan cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese.
• To add even more flavor to your dish, try adding some chopped Kalamata olives or chopped sun-dried tomatoes to the butter mixture.
What Ingredients Can I Replace or Substitute While Making It?
• If you don’t have fresh Parmesan cheese, you can use pre-grated Parmesan cheese, but it won’t have as strong of a flavor.
• If you don’t have butter, you can use olive oil instead. It will give the talaba a lighter flavor but still be delicious.
• You can also substitute other types of seafood for the talaba, such as shrimp or calamari. However, keep in mind that they may require different cooking times than the talaba.
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