This rich, old-fashioned oyster stew is shared in memory of my mother, Ramona M. Filipek (1928 to 2006). It is a Christmas family favorite, but good anytime. Serve hot with oyster crackers. Leftovers can be frozen.

20 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Max Servings:



  • Melt butter in a 10-quart stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir celery, fresh onion, dried onion, black pepper, and celery salt in melted butter until celery and onion are tender, 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle flour over celery and onions; stir gently until flour becomes a smooth paste. Add the cream of celery soup; stir gently. Pour 1% milk, condensed milk, and liquid from the oysters into the mixture; stir. Gently fold oysters into the soup.

  • Increase heat to medium. Cook mixture at a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  • Refrigerate soup for 24 to 48 hours before reheating gently to serve.


Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

353.96 calories; 20.08 g protein; 40.66 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g dietary-fiber; 20.26 g sugars; 12.37 g fat; 5.98 g saturated-fat; 93.91 mg cholesterol; 1172.04 IU vitamin-a-iu; 4.17 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.27 mg vitamin-b6; 10.27 mg vitamin-c; 35.21 mcg folate; 485.62 mg calcium; 8.03 mg iron; 109.75 mg magnesium; 877.21 mg potassium; 670.47 mg sodium; 0.32 mg thiamin; 111.29 calories-from-fat; 45 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 31 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 22 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 15 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat

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I liked it quite a bit. I suggest at least 2% milk and use 2/3 of gallon because it was short on oyster ratio. I only added 1 can of condensed milk. It tasted fine but I'm not use to sweet and oyster in same sentence! So may forgo next time. Adding the celery soup wae was a marvelous idea. AND guess what It does taste better the next day! I made it one night and we ate it because it smelled so good. I saved leftover- it actually did taste better the next day and I liked the consistency better. Thank's Paul for sharing your family receipe.