Oyster stew is whipped up in a matter of minutes. The fresher the oysters, the better the flavor. A fresh tasty, savory version that's sure to please.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, salt and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and half-and-half, and transfer to the top of a double boiler. If you do not have one, set the pan of soup over a pan of simmering water.

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  • When the milk is hot, add the oysters and heat just until the oysters are opaque. Do not allow to boil. Season with fresh parsley, cayenne pepper and sherry. Go easy on the sherry until you are sure you like it in the stew.

Nutrition Facts

315.9 calories; 18.9 g protein; 15.7 g carbohydrates; 156.5 mg cholesterol; 952.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2007
By adding the oysters with their juice to the butter mixture in the pan you do not have to deal with a double boiler. Simply simmer the oysters until the edges just begin to curl; add the milk and heat through while keeping a close watch as not to boil. I tried a tiny bowl with a touch of sherry and didn't care for it so left it out of the remainder. I did add about 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed along with the other seasonings. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2017
We made this oyster stew recipe. I thought it was similar to the one from my childhood. It was not. Do not add sherry to this recipe. It will cause the stew to curdle. It was inedible. And sad. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2007
By adding the oysters with their juice to the butter mixture in the pan you do not have to deal with a double boiler. Simply simmer the oysters until the edges just begin to curl; add the milk and heat through while keeping a close watch as not to boil. I tried a tiny bowl with a touch of sherry and didn't care for it so left it out of the remainder. I did add about 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed along with the other seasonings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2008
My father in law has always made Oyster stew for my family on special occasions. This valentines I wanted to make something special and my 10 year old requested Papa's Oyster stew. This was the recipe I chose and it was a good one. Papa does not add the pepper but we did and enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2007
Excellent recipe for a quick stew that tastes like it took hours to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
Simple easy and fast. I didn't have sherry wine. I took three oysters and put them in blender blended them very fine and added them to the milk for a strong oyster taste. I didn't like to use two pots for this soup. My husband didn't mind washing an extra pot since he loved the soup. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
I made a double batch of this for me and a friend (we ate the soup as the main course). It was great! My mom makes oyster stew as well but its a bit different than this.... I made THIS recipe and it was delicious! Thanks. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2009
I'm not an oyster fan but my husband is. Not sure why this turned kinda gray as you can see by my picture. He said the flavor was right on but it looked so unappetizing. Thanks for the recipe though it sure was easy and fast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
I revised using Heavy Cream and I have to admit the Sherry Sparked this into the Memories of all on Christmas Eve Night! Sister hated Oysters and she really loved this and you know that was all I needed for thanks. Going to repeat this for Christmas 2011 too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2015
Omitted wine. Used 16 oz. canned oysters 1/4 tsp. minced garlic. Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
04/03/2016
It was ok I just didn't find it very flavorful compared to the recipe I grew up with. It also started separating on me even though I didn't bring it to a boil and I added the juice from the oysters. I did like the bit of garlic and sherry that was added though. I'll just stick to milk next time. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2017
We made this oyster stew recipe. I thought it was similar to the one from my childhood. It was not. Do not add sherry to this recipe. It will cause the stew to curdle. It was inedible. And sad. Read More