For the oysters: Melt butter in a skillet. Shuck oysters, keeping them in their half-shells along with the oyster liquor. In the classic dish, oysters Rockefeller, oysters on the half-shell are topped with breadcrumbs and a buttery seasoned sauce. Nestle oysters into the salt. The Oysters are baked to perfection on a bed of rock salt or Oyster wheel, and are perfect for serving at parties, with very little effort you can have a fancy little appetizer everyone will rave about. Saute the garlic for 2 minutes to infuse the butter. Place the bread crumbs in a mixing bowl and add half the garlic butter, set aside. Oysters Rockefeller were created in 1899 by Jules Alciatore of Antoine's restaurant, in New Orleans, to make use of local shellfish and greens. Keep chilled. … Meanwhile, sprinkle a bed of coarse salt into a baking dish (the salt is for holding the oysters upright). Step 3 Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.