1 teaspoon fennel seed, ground 1 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon shallots, minced 1 tablespoon chopped fennel greens 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (to taste) 24 unopened, fresh, live medium oysters
Prepare and light a grill or preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
In a small bowl, blend together the butter, ground fennel seeds, shallots, fennel bulb, fennel greens, and pepper.
Arrange the oysters on the grill or oven rack, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until they start hissing and begin to open.
Using an oyster knife, pry each oyster open at the hinge, loosen the oyster and discard the flat shell. Top each oyster with 1/2 teaspoon of the fennel butter and a dash or 2 of hot sauce. Return to grill and cook until butter is melted and hot.