Oyster Stew

Total Time:
15 min
5 min
10 min

4 to 5 servings

  • 2 green onions, chopped, plus additional sliced green onions for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces fresh raw oysters, undrained
  • 1 quart half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Crackers, for serving
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish

Saute onion in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat until edges of oysters begin to curl and mixture is hot but not boiling. Serve stew with crackers and garnish with sliced green onions.

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    I loved this! So easy & quick; I didn't use Old Bay as others suggested since it already called for cayenne & white pepper. YUM!!!
    This was an awesome recipe. I was given an ice chest full of oysters to shuck and remembered seeing this on one of Paula's episodes. I used yellow onion instead of the green onion. My dad (83 said he hasn't tasted a better oyster stew. :
    I love this recipe! I did not use as many green onions as is it called for. But when the stew was finsished I added them at the end. I also took the advolice of another review and added Old Bay seasoning. It made a world of difference. I swear it tasted almost just like Campbell's!
    I like the taste of oysters; the onion over powered the oyster flavor. It taste like milk and onion soup.
    Growing up, this was a traditional Christmas Eve dish for my family. The recipe Mom made was near to this one but not quite as fancy. I now make it as our traditional dish. In its simplicity, the flavor is subtle yet rich. I add a little more salt and pepper to mine when I pour a bowl. Here is our family's recipe: 
    makes about 1 1/2 quarts 
    Combine & blend into a paste: 
    2 T flour 
    1 1/2 tsp salt 
    Dash of finely ground black pepper  
    2 T water 
    Stir above into: 
    1 pint fresh oysters & liquid, cut a few in half 
    Simmer over low heat till oyster edges curl 
    In a large pot scald 1 quart milk 
    Pour oyster mixture into scalded milk 
    Cover let stand 15 minutes off heat 
    Add 3 T butter & reheat to serve 
    Server with oyster crackers
    I just made your recipe using 2% milk. YUM! )))))))))
    Got to have Old Bay seafood seasoning as part of the ingredients and can probably leave out the onions
    Excellent .. just like my grandmother used to make. I added fresh cut chives when serving. I personally have never cared for Oyster Stew, but it's one of my husbands favorites.
    was real easy to make,taste great,I surprise myself !!!
    I loved this recipe and wanted to add the oyster stew soup like some of the other reviewers did well guess what Campbell discontinued oyster stew. I'm so pissed now. My soup was still good but I'm just so mad now, because the added flavor would have been perfect.
    My family has made Oyster Stew for decades, added cayenne, white pepper and green onion . . . OmG so gooood.
    Something about eating a bowl of half-n-half and butter seasoned with oysters seems unnecessary. So I changed the around to my liking. Started with about 1/2 the butter to saute the onions and 2 stalks celery. Like others I added potatoes, but not precooked; I added to the onions and celery then added the oyster liquor and enough water to cover the potatoes and simmer until the potatoes were still firm but edible (by this time 1/2 the water evaporated, this also serves to draw more flavor out of the onions and celery. I then added 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and then about 1 quart of 2% milk and brought to a simmer. (You'll need to salt appropriately for the amount of potatoes added. Add the oysters and simmer till the edges just begin to curl and then get it off the heat. For best flavor you MUST let the soup sit 10-15 minutes to allow to oysters to take in the broth. 
    Believe me, this is amazing enough without the added fat of extra butter and half-n-half. Cheers!
    This is the most delicious recipe for oyster stew I have found. My 92-year old father, who remembers this dsh from his childhood, absolutely loved it. I read the posted reviews and decided to use ALL of the suggested additions :) The stew was delicious. I, too, used heavy whipping cream instead of half-and-half. I also added more oysters than called for in the recipe. Then, I added:
     boiled potatoes
     1 can Campbell's ready to serve clam chowder (couldn't find cream of oyster)
     chopped celery
     crumbled bacon
    I loved this recipe! I added boiled red potatoes, cut up in small chunks, and i also cheated a little by adding a can of Campbell's condensed oyster stew for added flavor :)
    We've always used chopped celery in oyster stew (saute with the onions). It makes all the difference! Some chopped parsley is also a great addition. This is great!
    Had company over for Oyster Stew...This recipe was a hit. I added more salt and a lot more pepper. Wonderful...Also added a lot more oysters...Had to make a copy of the recipe for my friend to take home!!!
    This was an awesome recipe and SOOOO easy. I used heavy whipping cream also which gave it a really rich flavor, and added some "Slap yo Momma" spice to give it a little kick!!! Really good!!
    This recipe brought back so many memories. My mother just passed away and I remember when she would make this stew on a cold day and she use to add the little crackers. I just miss her so much but I just know she is smiley down from heaven
    Wonderful flavor! and so easy to make! I used whipping cream instead of half and half because I didn't have any and it turned out wonderful! I think next time I'm going to add some crumbled bacon to it!! Yummy!!
    This is Delious !! and easy to make !! Ty Paula !! Love your show and when you also cook with Emeril !!
    This wonderfully easy recipe brought back sweet memories of my childhood. Many Saturday nights we would have this great stew. You can easily leave out the onions if you prefer...still wonderful. TIP: Mother always served sweet pickles on the side...gerkins, mixed sweets or bread&butter...yummy! Also, some of the family would add a big squirt of ketchup. My oldest sister would eat so much & get so full that she would have to lay down on the floor under the table to recuperate...we always had a good laugh at her antics. Like I said the recipe takes me back to my childhood 63yrs ago in SC. Thanks Paula for spreading the joy!
    I followed the simple instructions and it turned out great! Good flavor and easy to make. I chooped the oysters once done and should've added more, next time! I used jar packed oysters for this recipe.
    Simple, quick, creamy, satisfying, delicious. Iloved the simplicity of it. I wanted something really good for supper, but didn't want to spend lots of time cooking as I was involved in other projects.
    My husband and I had our own little "Iron Chef" competition last Saturday and I made this recipe and he made Alton Brown's Oyster Soup recipe. He loves oyster soup (I detest oysters) and said that this recipe was the best he ever tasted! It was much less complicated, also.
    Easy to prepare and good use for leftover oysters.
    Purchase oysters by quanity or cut up larger ones so they cook evenly and cover everyones servings.
    This recipe is just the way my Dad used to make it.
    I wanted to jump thru the tv
    I check back each day to see if this recipe has been corrected, but alas.... please post the Oyster Stew recipe so I can enjoy what I'm sure is an awesome stew. Thanks.....
    Please post the correct recipe on the Website. Thank you
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