This has been served on Christmas Eve in our family forever. We also serve Chili, for those who don't care for oysters. Great with buttered crackers warmed in the oven, or plain oyster crackers straight out of the bag.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

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  • Cook the drained oysters in the butter over medium heat until warmed through. Stir in half-and-half and bring to a slight simmer. Reduce heat, and stir occasionally to prevent boiling or scorching the bottom of the pan. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

351 calories; protein 10.1g; carbohydrates 9.9g; fat 30.6g; cholesterol 127.8mg; sodium 222.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2004
I wanted to change a few things on this recipe it turns my father had copied it down wrong. Although this is a recipe from my dads family my grandmother taught my mother how to make it. When I fixed a pot last night I was so disappointed I called mom and discovered dad had given me his Read More
(48)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/13/2004
Very bland as is. I melted 1/2 cup butter in the pan added the oysters with the juice added garlic salt paprika and celery seed. Cooked the oysters until done added 2% milk and heated through. Much better with these additions. By adding the oyster juice it actually tasted like oyster stew. Read More
(32)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2004
I wanted to change a few things on this recipe it turns my father had copied it down wrong. Although this is a recipe from my dads family my grandmother taught my mother how to make it. When I fixed a pot last night I was so disappointed I called mom and discovered dad had given me his Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
excellent! perfect! exactly how my grandmother made it... simple and delicious! if others want to stick a bunch of other stuff it in - fine - let them do it individually... as for me... I'll take the simple taste of this delicious oyster stew Read More
(37)
Rating: 2 stars
02/12/2004
Very bland as is. I melted 1/2 cup butter in the pan added the oysters with the juice added garlic salt paprika and celery seed. Cooked the oysters until done added 2% milk and heated through. Much better with these additions. By adding the oyster juice it actually tasted like oyster stew. Read More
(32)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2005
Oyster stew is meant to be simple and mild just like this one! I normally use some half and half and some milk. I love a recipe which never takes away from the main ingredient the oysters!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2008
This is a simple and easy recipe. I know it may not suit a lot of tastes but it is just like the one my mother made. I wouldn't change a thing. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2009
Oyster stew has been a family tradition every Christmas Eve and we also light luminaries. My grandma had everyone over before church then my parents and now my husband and I host whoever is available to stop by. I saute the drained oysters in the butter then add some of the juice from the cans 2% milk and half-n-half with salt and pepper to taste. We have to have about one can of oysters per person. This is a simple recipe and perfect just the way it is. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
I love this simple dish. My dad used to make this when we were kids. He added salt pepper and a little worcestershire. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
I grew up with the same tradition on Christmas Eve having Oyster Stew and Chili and I can't tell you how many people think that's strange so maybe we're long lost relatives:). I'm almost postive this is the same recipe that my grandmother used but once I started making it on my own I added a few things. I like it a little more thick like a stew so a make a reux with butter flour and chopped onion. Once the oysters have been sauteed in the butter and the reux is done I combine everything including the half and half into one put and add a splash of worchestire sauce. I love this stew and look forward to passing this tradition on to my own two daughters as long as I can get them to try it. I may have to do what my grandmother did and tell them it's potatoe soup:). Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2004
This recipe isn't very good - horribly bland. Skip it and open a can of Campbells. Read More
(5)
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