Oyster Stew Recipe
This easy Oyster Stew Recipe is full of rich, wonderful seafood flavor. A family tradition, I’ve been enjoying this stew each Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember!
When I share with people about oyster stew being a Christmas Eve tradition for my family, I oftentimes receive questioning looks. Some wonder if I grew up in the south. Well…does South Dakota count?!
My mom’s Oyster Stew Recipe has been gracing our Christmas Eve gatherings (in South Dakota!) for as long as I can remember. But it wasn’t until just this year that I tried my own hand at it in the kitchen. I wish I had known sooner how quick and easy it is to make!
Growing up, our family hosted many Christmas Eve gatherings for Mom’s side of the family. And my mom followed in her mom’s footsteps, with this tradition of serving oyster stew.
I’ve always liked oyster stew. But I haven’t always liked the oysters. Just being totally honest here.
When I was young, I very carefully ladled the broth into my bowl, leaving the oysters behind. I’ve always found the broth irresistible. As I’ve gotten older, I seek out the oysters more and more.
If you are someone who is not a big fan of oysters, yet you still like other shellfish, I beg you to give oyster stew a try. I think you’ll be surprised at the rich, wonderful flavor. And if it takes you a few tries to find yourself actually seeking out the oysters, I completely understand. Just enjoy that incredible broth.
Oyster Stew recipe
I highly recommend freshly shucked oysters for this stew. Even though I don’t recommend actually shucking oysters. Ha!
After spending some time with my sister’s family at their home in Florida last year, and having access to a huge variety of fresh seafood, Blake became pretty good at shucking oysters. But even when you know how to do it, it’s still not a fun gig. Especially if you’re needing a larger quantity.
A few of my favorite recipes that use seafood:
- Shrimp Dip is an appetizer favorite. We also serve this every Christmas Eve.
- Grilled Margarita Shrimp. One of my favorite meals. EVER.
- Layered Creamy Chili Shrimp Dip. My aunt’s recipe, also a Christmas favorite.
- Crab Bisque. Another soup recipe for you. So good!
I’ve found that a few of our local grocery stores will carry fresh shucked oysters during the holidays. This would be my preference. Fresh shucked…by somebody else!
If you can’t find fresh oysters, and need to settle for jarred or canned, I still encourage you to make this stew. Just promise me that you’ll make it with fresh ones when you get the opportunity. The fresh ones can be spendy, but their texture and flavor are oh so very worth it!
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I like to eat oyster stew with oyster crackers. Saltines would also work. Note: While fresh oysters are always the preferred choice for oyster stew, canned or jarred oysters can be used when fresh raw oysters are not available. Recipe altered just a bit from my mom's recipe box.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286
I like to eat oyster stew with oyster crackers. Saltines would also work.
Note: While fresh oysters are always the preferred choice for oyster stew, canned or jarred oysters can be used when fresh raw oysters are not available.
Recipe altered just a bit from my mom's recipe box.
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