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Oyster Stew Recipe – This delicious fresh Oyster Stew is full of seafood flavor and such an easy recipe to make! It’s a family favorite stew that is ready in minutes!

Oyster Stew Recipe with oysters ladled into a spoon from a blue bowl
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This Oyster Stew recipe is a family classic. You see, my granddaddy loved it more than any other dish on a cold winter day.

I always looked forward to the days my grandmother would make her recipe because it was a favorite of mine, too. I would watch as she prepared the stew. She always made cooking look so easy! And this Oyster Stew is definitely a simple recipe my family has enjoyed for years.

Oyster Stew Recipe

This recipe makes the best oyster stew I’ve ever had. And I love that this is so easy to make on any cold night when the craving hits! There’s nothing like the deliciously rich seafood flavor of the oysters and the creaminess of the onions and milk from this stew! It is so comforting, satisfying and is ready in minutes.

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The best oysters for this oyster stew are fresh. As in the fresher the better. But, if I have a craving for this stew and am no where near fresh oysters, I have found that the seafood section of my grocery store usually has a very good selection of oysters that work perfectly.

How to Make Fresh Oyster Stew

To make this stew, you’ll need:


  • fresh oysters – pint packed in their own juice
  • butter
  • yellow onion – chopped
  • whole milk
  • half-and-half
  • salt and pepper – use to taste

Step by Step Instructions

Prep. Drain juice from the pint of fresh oysters into a small bowl and set aside for later use. Do not discard the juice, or “oyster liquor”.

Melt butter. Add butter to a large saucepan and melt over medium-low heat until completely melted.

Cook onion. Add chopped onions to melted butter and cook until translucent and tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Cook liquids. Stir in your reserved juices, or oyster liquor, and cook until reduced mostly reduced, about 10 minutes. Then add in the milk and half-and-half and heat to simmer. Do not let the liquids reach a boil as this will cause your milk to curdle.

Add oysters. Now stir in the fresh oysters and allow to simmer until the edges of the oysters begin to curl, about 8 minutes.

Remove from heat. Once edges of oysters have started to curl, removed the oyster stew from the heat. Allow to cool slightly.

Season and serve. Then, stir in salt and pepper to taste and serve with crackers.

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Other Favorite Stews and Soups

There’s nothing like a delicious soup or stew when you want a comfort food, especially on a chilly day! Here are a few more of our family favorites you may want to try as well. There are many more under “Soups” category here on my site. Enjoy!

Grandmother’s Potato Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic Chili

Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Beef Stew

Here’s my Grandmother’s Oyster Stew Recipe. Hope you like it as much my Granddaddy and I always have.

4.97 from 32 votes

Oyster Stew Recipe

Soup & Salad 35 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This Oyster Stew Recipe is full of delicious seafood flavor. Get this family favorite oyster stew recipe you are sure to love.


  • 1 pint fresh oysters packed in their juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Drain juice from oysters into small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add butter to large saucepan. Heat on medium-low heat until melted.
  • Add chopped onions and cook until translucent and tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add oyster liquor and cook until mostly reduced, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and half-and-half and heat to simmer. Do not allow to boil as it will cause your milk to curdle. 
  • Add oysters and continue on simmer until outer edges of oysters curl, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, and add salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Serve with mini saltines or oyster crackers.

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    1. Oh my goodness. If you love oysters, then you’ll definitely love oyster stew. So rich, creamy, and delicious.

    2. 5 stars
      Robyn..I’m thinking about getting my Bullet food processor out and pulverizing some onions and celery and using the juice in the oyster stew….should I use 1 onion…how much Celery? To compliment your recipe??  I don’t want to take away from the flavor of the Oyster Stew by adding to much!!  Thank you for your reply!!

    3. Hi Ann,
      I’ve not tried it that way before by using the juice from the onion, so I’m not sure how much of it you’d want to use. Not sure if that would be a more intense onion flavor…
      Hope you enjoy the oyster stew! Thanks!

  1. Hi Robyn.
    You are truly a talented cook. I’m always impressed with your recipe postings and southern traditions. While I’m living in New Jersey now, my roots are southern and screaming to get out. Thanks for the southern feel.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in my family as well…are we related? Ate this often as a kid, along with (canned) salmon stew. As I grew and started cooking on my own I combined the two and added fresh mushrooms and parsley…..almost as simple and different tastes that blend well. Thanks for the memories!

    1. Grew up on oyster stew but have never heard of salmon stew. Sounds wonderful. Would you share your recipe? I will try to wait patiently !

    2. Do you have a recipe for salmon stew? If so can you email it to me. As a kid my grandmother made salmon stew and it was wonderful.


  3. Hi Robin,I just made this soup…wonderful flavor but….the oysters are very large..was I supposed to chop them?

    1. If they are really large oysters you can absolutely cut them into smaller pieces, Audrey.

    2. I was born n Raised in Denver Colorado an my Gramma was from the South. She always made Oyster Stew for us on Cold winter days n for Christmas dinner. I miss the Awesome rich flavor experienced every time.
      Now that I’m older, she had passed away, n with her, she took that recipe. ????
      I’m gonna try ur recipe in hopes of getting that same flavor.
      I am using Condensed milk (unsweetened) as the cream, n whole milk as a filler. Salt Pepper, and let’s not forget the butter.

    3. I hope you enjoy it, Robin! I know those memories of your Gramma are so special. Thank you so much for sharing this memory with me. xo

  4. Brings back go memories for me as well. My Dad was a quail hunter and seem to alway bring in three or four on Christmas eve just in time for Mom to make quail and oyster stew for our Christmas eve supper.
    Wish I had a recipe for the combination. Would you have one in you collection?
    Joan Lansdell
    Southern cook from MS

  5. My husband has been in mourning since Campbell’s stopped making their oyster stew. I was hesitant to try making it myself until I saw Robyn’s recipe. It gets two thumbs up from him for taste and two thumbs up from me for ease and simplicity. We used canned oysters instead of fresh since I had some in the pantry. Not as good as fresh but it saved a trip to the store and my husband liked it.

  6. I remember eating the most delicious oyster and artichoke stew growing up in Louisiana and I never see it on any menu in Georgia where I now live. I will definitely have to give this a try…even if I am the only one in the house who will eat it! As you said, good, more for me!!!

    1. Hi Ginny,
      So sorry you had problems with it! It sounds like the heat was a little to high on your stovetop. I would recommend reducing the heat next time and only allowing the liquid to reach a low simmer. I hope that helps!

    2. 5 stars
      My milk curdled as well, the first time – but I forgot you cannot add milk to boilimg water. Simmerworked fine ! Love this recipe !

  7. Grew up on an Iowa farm. We always had oyster stew on Christmas Eve. Wasn’t a favorite as children but now we love it! Great recipe…just like Mom made.

  8. What memories this brings back for me. My Gran made oyster stew for my grandpop. I don’t remember if she started by sauteeing (in real butter) celery and onion, then added the milk, cream and oysters, or not using these at all. But I do remember she would sprinkle it with paprika and float a pat of butter on top. Oh, my!

    1. I always added potato cut in small cubes, celery chopped about 1/2 inch and sautéed onions in butter. Boiled the potato cubes and celery until tender and add them in with the oysters. Season with salt and pepper. When I serve a bowl of stew I splash a dab of Old Bay Seasoning in the center. Not only does it gives it a seafood flavor but a nice presentation,

  9. I too have great memories as a child when my Dad would make it. Now I worry about the fat and calorie count. Anyone guess the calorie and fat is ceiling could eat the whole thing

  10. My sister taught us to make oyster stew for years now. Put all ingredients in at one time and stir
    until comes to boil, oysters will be curled by then, remove and its ready… no vegetables in this one.

  11. I’ve never heard anyone else eating oyster stew! I grew up on it too and it’s my comfort food. The only difference is we add small diced potatoes to the butter/juice/onion mixture and simmer about 5 minutes (they are tiny pieces). I’m the only one in my house now who eats it but the picture makes me think I’ll make some! Thanks for posting.

    1. So good, isn’t it, Chrissy?! Glad you were reminded about it – will be great on a chilly winter night! Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    When I was a child, my grandparents had a farm down on the coast in Bluffton, SC. The oyster beds were plentiful in those days as Hilton Head was not as developed as it is now. My grandmother would make this very stew. It was delicious!!! I’m making this tonight for my family, as it will be perfect in this frigid cold snap we are having this week. Thanks for bringing up fond memories and sharing your recipe

    1. Oh I love that you had oyster stew made from those fresh Hilton Head oysters! What a treat and a great memory of your grandmother, I’m sure! I hope you are staying warm and enjoy that bowl of oyster stew! xo

  13. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh!!! I made the recipe this morning for the first time , and I just have to say,  it is the best oyster stew I’ve EVER eaten! I only added a tbsp of dried parsley to the recipe.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I am going to serve oyster stew Thursday night at our Masonic Lodge Meeting using your recipe.

    I will be serving 12-15 people and will use a boiled down version of Harlan hawkers recipe.
    It consists of 1 gallon of oysters, 3 gallons of milk, 8 cups of butter, 4 Tsp salt, dash of cayenne pepper, 8 Tsp Worchester sauce, 2 Tsp paprika,. Instructions; bring oysters to a slow boil in their own liquor adding enough water to cover well, then add milk and rest of ingredients slowlyback to slow boil, serve. I am going to add a medium chopped onion to see how it works out. thanks for the recipe and will let you know how it turns out.

    1. Sounds delicious, Larry! I hope everyone enjoys it! Thanks so much – I can’t wait to hear! 🙂

  15. I have never put onion in my recipe out of fear it would over power the oyster flavor.  It is April 3, 2018 and,  here in Iowa, we are experiencing 3 to 5 inches of heavy, wet snow – the perfect day for a good soup.  No fresh oysters on hand, but two cans of whole ones will do in a pinch.  Good time to experiment with the onion!  Thanks for the little push!

    1. Oh goodness – snow in April! I hope you have sunshine and warm temps soon, Terry! This soup will add a little bit of delicious comfort to your day! 😉 Enjoy! Thanks!

    2. Also loved as a kid. Lost my mother this year and am honoring her memory tonight with this recipe…homesick for bama, relocated in Oregon so trying the local oysters! Thx for recipe!!

  16. I’m On My Mom’s Phone My Name is Lauren This Oyster Stew
    Sounds So Good
    My Grandma Use to make it for her My Grandpa and I And Now That She’s Gone Now Yrs Ago My Grandpa And I Would Go Out And Get Us a Bowl
    Can I Use Unsweetened Almond Milk?

    1. Hi Lauren,
      I’m so glad you found the recipe and hope you enjoy it! I’ve never made this with almond milk. Thanks!

  17. 5 stars
    My Mom used to make this during the winter months when I was growing up. I loved it. But, we never had fresh oysters due to living in Iowa. Also, she never used onion in her recipe. I had asked her about it a couple weeks ago and she still makes it from time to time. I personally haven’t had this delicious soup in over 20 years.

    I live in El Paso now which makes it hard to find good oysters.

  18. Just like my mom used to make in the late 1960’s while I was growing up in southeast Texas near the Gulf coast. So rich and yummy with plump, firm, medium size oysters fresh off the boats out of Galveston, TX. This was a Friday night staple in the Fall months. She used green onion tops instead of yellow onion but otherwise exactly the same. Thanks for this simple, authentic oyster stew recipe.

  19. It was easy and tasty when eaten. Didn’t need salt which surprised me. I did a little pepper in my own bowl.

  20. 5 stars
    This is exactly my fathers oyster stew recipe…like exactly. I usually like complicated recipes with tons of seasoning that I usually add more thing to, but this stew is simple perfection.

  21. I just made half of this recipe and devoured it! However, I did tweek it abit.

    I used ghee instead oif butter and all Half & Half instead of milk since I didn’t have any and I enjoy the extra richness.

    When the oyster water was about 1/2 reduced I added the oysters to let them cook before adding the half & half to simmer.

    In addition to salt and pepper I added celery seedsand paprika, raised the broth to simmer and enjoyed.

    1. Hi Ron,
      There is an enzyme in fresh oysters that causes curdling if temperature too high. Hope you enjoy it!

  22. 5 stars
    Thank you SO much for this recipe, Robyn!! I grew up in the South (where I still live) and my mom died unexpectedly and suddenly when I was just 18. So I never got to really learn all of her recipes from her directly. But I have memories of helping cook her oyster stew and this sounds exactly like her recipe. God bless you for sharing not only a delicious recipe, but for also rekindling great childhood memories for so many of us! 

    1. This is such a touching comment, Laurea. I am so glad that this brought up good childhood memories for you. Thank you for telling me how much you enjoyed this. I’m happy to have you here – I hope you find more recipes here that you like as well. xo

  23. I’m going to use this oysters stew recipe for Christmas. I have never used onion before, what is schooled celery?

    1. I hope you enjoy the oyster stew, Eldon!
      As far as the “schooled celery” I am not sure, except I did see a reader comment where she used that term. I think she must have made a typo. 🙂
      Have a great Christmas!

  24. I also grew up having oyster stew on Christmas Eve here in Iowa. Dumb question, but after stew is done do you think it would keep ok in a crock pot or is it a serve immediately type of food, in your opinion?

    1. Hi Jean,
      Salt can cause your soup to curdle, but I’ve not had issues with using salted butter. If you have tried everything to prevent it, then you may be on to something with your salted butter. I’d try it with unsalted butter and then add salt once the soup is off of the heat.

  25. 5 stars
    Merry Christmas! My Grandmother made oyster stew for the entire family on Christmas morning. It was a treat to have it. I am making this recipe for my dad. 

  26. 5 stars
    We served this oyster stew recipe for Christmas dinner. This is the first time we have used onions in the oyster stew, and the family liked it very much. We used a quart of oysters, so we doubled the recipe. I put the recipe in our computer bookmaker. We did boil the oysters in water the second time we used this recipe, so they got tender and the edges curled. The first time we put the oysters in the milk, and the oyster didn’t get done, so we ended up boiling them in water to get them tender. Our guests liked the stew very much. We may have miss interpreted putting the oysters in the milk and let them simmer until tender. Having said that, we would recommend this recipe to anyone.

  27. My mom used to make oyster stew for New years Eve. She passed away 6 years ago and my dad had been making it the last few years. It was good but it didn’t taste the same. I’m going to give it a try, this sounds similar to the way she did it. I’m going to try to make a bit of a bigger pot. Wish me luck.

    1. Best of luck, Jessica! I know how important it is to keep those traditions once our loved ones, especially our parents, pass away. I hope this is close to her recipe for you!

  28. I love oyster stew or soup!  But we I am from a state where I can not get fresh oysters,can you use canned ones instead?

  29. I remember my father use to make this in Minnesota, he was from Missouri. It was soooo good. Brings back old memories.

    1. Linda,
      Love how these recipes bring back memories. I always think of my grandmother when I make this.

  30. My husband grew up eating oyster stew but I had never eaten any or made it. He mentioned he’d love to have some oyster stew if it wasn’t too much trouble. I searched online and found your easy and relatively quick recipe. I only had canned oysters, but it made a wonderful stew, and after reading some of the other reviews I think this will become a Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jann,
      I’m so glad your husband introduced you to oyster stew and you loved it. It has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. Thanks!

  31. I made this tonight. It was my first time making it. My dad would be so proud of me!! He made this when I was a kid. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. I’m so glad you liked this recipe, Lori. I love making recipes that my parents and grandmother made when I was growing up, too.

  32. My mother made oyster stew that I truly loved. But, she never put in onions or used cream. Just all milk. The rest of your recipe seems like hers. So I guess I’ll just use 4 cups of milk.

  33. My husband’s family had the very strange tradition of making oyster stew for New Year’s Eve dinner…after making the stew just the way you have it here, mother-in-law would “fish out” the oysters and throw them away then serve the “soup” left behind.

    1. That’s a funny story, Sharon. I have some in my family who like the soup but not the oysters, too.

    2. Thanks, Robyn. Nice to know I’m not alone in this oyster-less in-law world. (First year, I had “mom” put all the oysters in my bowl, then ate every one. Did not feel well for some time.)

  34. 5 stars
    Amazingly delicious and so easy to make…just need to be patient. I added a dash of paprika at the end. So good. Reminded me of when I was a kid. Oyster stew was a rare treat.

  35. Grandma use to make oyster stew for Christmas we all love it. This recipe is a lot like it . She didn’t put onions in but we like with the onions. Thanks you for sharing your recipe..

  36. this is almost the recipe my family uses…always have had it on Christmas morning…we used celery in it instead of onion…didn’t eat the oysters until I was in my 40’s…now, I love them!

  37. We had oyster left over from steaming so I have no oyster liquid. what could I use in replacement for that to make my oyster stew with?

  38. 5 stars
    I have always used this recipe for my stew. As another person commented some don’t like the oysters and I am one of them. I am more than happy to just have broth while my husband gets all the oysters. I thought I would look up a variation to the recipe but here I end up, using this one because of the great reviews. Mine is more of a cracker stew but I love the oyster flavor. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Helen, I have some in my family who are just like you; they don’t eat the oysters either but just love the stew. I’m sure your husband likes that he gets all they oysters. I know my daddy would have loved that.

  39. 5 stars
    Outstanding. I made this last night and have never made oyster stew in my life. The only thing I did different was dice a potato and toss it in with the onion. Just to add a bit more “bulk” and make it a little thicker. And a dash of paprika, just to give it a little kick. Two questions:

    Some of the oysters were huge, like half the size of my hand. I cut those up into 3 or 4 smaller chunks before adding to the stew. My theory – I’d rather have more bites with a piece of oyster in it, rather than one big gulp of oyster and then a half dozen spoonfuls of just stew. Does anybody else do that? Or does that compromise the taste somehow and I should leave whole?

    Also, I used the “juice” from the jar (1 pint of Hilton’s brand Willapoint Oysters) in Step 4. I assumed that’s what you meant by “oyster liquor”, right? I was undecided and not sure if it would be OK, or if oyster liquor was only from fresh shucked oysters. Anyway, I used the juice and the stew turned out great. LOL. Just want some clarification on that.

    1. Mike, I cut large oysters into smaller bite size pieces when making this stew, too and you did the right thing with using the juice (oyster liquor). I’m so glad you enjoyed the stew.

  40. 5 stars
    I made this for Memorial weekend Sunday Brunch today and it was wonderful. Followed your recipe exactly and glad I did. My husband and I loved the softness of the oysters and the very tasty onions. Thanks for sharing your technique of reserving the oyster liquid and sautéing the onions it in. I had always just dumped the whole container of oysters in the soup at once and our oysters always seem tougher because of it.

    1. I’m so happy you and your husband loved the oyster stew, Margaret. This has been a family favorite for years.

    2. I can’t find “pints” of fresh oysters anywhere. Can I use fresh oysters on the half shell? Will I miss out on the juices?

    3. Kristen Ann, save all the juice out of the fresh oysters on the half shell and use that in this recipe.

  41. My mother used whole milk and the oysters had small crabs in the quart of oysters, plenty small new .

    1. Rhonda, I reserve the liquid in the can and then add at the same time as listed in the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  42. I am going to short cut this a bit by using dehydrated minced onions. I’ll rehydrate in the oyster liquor, then drain reserving the juice, add to the butter for a couple of minutes and then proceed. Don’t have anything close to minced fresh onion here, and I don’t want to run out on Black Friday to get one. Our anniversary today, and husband loves this, so that will be our first course.

  43. I’m planning to cook oyster stew for the first time because my late mother loved it so much, as did I.
    You’re recipe looks more practical for my taste, leaving out the celery because I don’t like celery except plain with ranch dip.
    So this recipe is the one I’ll choose as I attempt to cook this delicious winter soup. Wish me luck!

  44. 5 stars
    This was so good, but I combined it with the recipe my Mom always used…We are Southern and in our neck of the woods…we melted the butter, added the diced onions, sauteed them for a few minutes, then added about 2 tablespoons of flour to them to create a roux….stirring until the flour was golden, add salt and pepper, sprinkle of paprika, touch of cayenne, stir…then add 2 cups milk and 1 cup heavy cream…..or half and half, and the oyster liquid…Stir everything together and bring that to almost steaming then add the oysters. Cook until oysters begin to curl…. The roux adds a little body to the stew, and it is amazing! My Mom has been gone several years, and each time I make this stew….I can feel her presence. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the tip. Making our mother’s recipes always brings back such sweet memories, doesn’t it?

  45. 5 stars
    Robyn, I wanted to add, that your recipe and my Mom’s were almost exact except for the roux….Thanks so much for sharing it with everyone….You sound like an amazing cook and I will be checking out your other recipes…Pat : )

    1. I hope you find many recipes on here that you love. You may even find more like your mother or grandmother made.

  46. You gal’s have whipped up an absolute winner here! 🏆 Added a bit of locally made clam paste stock for extra ocean salination and can’t keep my spoon out of the pot. (live alone) I have achieved absolute Oyster Stew Glory!!

  47. 5 stars
    This is how my mother in law made it but she always cooked elbow macaroni then added the stuff as you have. I don’t like oysters but love the flavor it gives to the stew and the noodles just added a great filler.

    1. I’ve never thought about adding macaroni to this stew. I know a few people who also love the stew but don’t eat the oysters. Thanks, Connie!

  48. If mom didn’t have oysters she would make scolding milk. Just Milk, butter, and salt and pepper. I remember when can of oysters use to have little pearls in it

  49. 4 stars
    Just made oyster stew
    I never made it myself but have ate it when someone else did .
    I dont think he put onions in it.
    I loved it the why your grandmother made it.

  50. 5 stars
    This is how my family makes it and I love it. 🙂 With all those oysters floating around in the buttery milk and cream oh so good and they are all mine since my Grandparents Passed away no one else likes the oysters, but they do like the way the oysters flavor the stew/soup and So that means more for me. LOL
    P.S. My mother-in-love (law) puts potatoes, carrots, and celery in hers with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, the Worcestershire sauce I’m not a fan of in my stew. But each to their own.
    Grandpa said it always had to be served with oyster crackers.

    1. I love your story. There are a few in my family who don’t eat the oysters but love the stew, too. Your Grandpa was right; the stew is great with oyster crackers.

  51. Love Oyster Stew Your method of reducing the oyster liquid sounds like a excellent idea. I have made this basic recipe for a long time. I finely chop celery and saute with the onion.
    Once done salt pepper to taste and sprinkle with paprika to your liking.

  52. i’m about to try this but i live on Cape Cod and rake/shuck my own oysters. I’ve never used/bought canned oysters. How many and what size FRESH oysters would you use in place of the canned? Thanks in advance.

    1. Lisa, this stew is made with fresh oysters. I use about a pint of small to medium size oysters. Hope you enjoy!

  53. I’ve been eating this recipe for many years My grandmother made the same thing Except no onions I’ll have to try it with onions😋

  54. 5 stars
    Never made oyster stew with onions, or reducing the oyster liquor before. But, thought I’d give Robyn’s recipe a try. This is the best oyster stew I have ever made. Outstanding! Thanks, Robyn!

    1. Brian, I’m so glad you tried the oyster stew the way I make it and loved it. My family loves it this way!

  55. We had this as my Dad’s Christmas Eve wish when I was little. He passed when I was 10. So now that I’m 70…’s been a few years!

  56. This is the BEST oyster stew recipe. I’ve been making oyster stew for years but this takes it to a new level. I now use fresh oysters and that also makes a difference. I like to sprinkle a little sweet Hungarian paprika in each bowl along with a few sliced tops of green onions. Thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

  57. This is the recipe my grandma used for my grandpa also and one I have used for myself. Last night however, I added diced yellow potatoes and it knocked my socks off!!!

    1. Exactly what I was wanting to do (add some tatters) , glad someone tried it ! Can’t wait to try it myself!

  58. I have been looking for an oyster stew recipe that tasted like the oyster stew I had as a child. This is it. The flavor of the oysters prevail as opposed to the other ingredients and spices added in other recipes. Thanks!

  59. Robyn, your recipe brought me back home! I’m from NH and living in the south and miss the New England real way to cook seafood. This is the only way to enjoy oyster stew… thank you!!!!

  60. This is almost a perfect rendition of the oyster stew i grew up with and have made all of my adult life. My dad only added a splash of Worcestershire and white pepper in place of some of the black pepper. I think Robins method is much better however by reducing the liquor.

    1. I haven’t tried this oyster stew with Worcestershire and white pepper but it sounds great. Thanks for letting us know how your dad made his oyster stew.

  61. I addded a bit of fresh parsley. My great grandmother an Ocean City Md woman always did. That and Fresh Chincoteague oysters

  62. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I followed it to the letter. I do like a little celery taste so I added 1/8 teaspoon of celery seed. I believe this made it a touch better.

  63. 5 stars
    Wow, saw five stars, so easy, blends of flavors great. Even my friend said this out did his recipe! He loved the onions .

  64. 5 stars
    I substituted onion granules and celery salt, because Mom’s never had any “chunks” of anything in her stew, other than the Oysters. Turned out great!

  65. 5 stars
    It’s AMAZING! I have not had oyster stew since I was a teen, so 1970s. I followed the recipe to a T, although I used an induction pot on my flat top stove, so the times and temps had to be adjusted slightly. This soup is so delicious! I personally will be adding more oysters next time, though. The other thing is, I’m happy there weren’t extraneous ingredients..I tend to over-spice a lot of things in an effort to be creative, but this recipe is perfect as is.

    1. Pati, I love that this only contains common ingredients you can find at your local grocery store, too. I’m thrilled you loved this recipe.