Oyster Stew

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This dish is the exception that proves the rules about stew—that it must be simmered at length, is thick-textured, and tastes better on the second day. Oyster stew takes just moments to make, has a milky base, and is at its best the instant the oysters are tender. Still, like “real” stews, the flavors are rich, layered and synergistic. What’s more, coastal residents of New England, the Pacific region and the South who down it with relish call it stew, so stew it is.

Make this just before serving it and warm the bowls ahead of time. Also, don’t skip the crackers; they are an integral part of the experience.


  • 1 pint oysters, freshly shucked, with their liquid
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Valley Butter
  • 1 cup Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Organic Valley Milk (or more if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 12 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or thyme
  • salt to taste
  • hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • paprika, minced parsley or chopped chives
  • oyster crackers or saltine crackers
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


Combine oysters, their liquid and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low flame. Heat gently over a medium-low flame until the edges of the oysters just begin to curl, 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine heavy cream, milk, onion, and rosemary or thyme (if desired) in another saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium flame; cook 3 minutes.

Slowly add cream mixture to oyster mixing, stirring slowly but constantly. Add a dash or two of hot pepper sauce, if desired. Ladle into warm bowls, sprinkle with paprika or minced parsley, and serve immediately with crackers on top.

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Whit from NJ & SC on February 15th, 2011
This recipe is great except for a couple of things. First, the oysters should be cooked at least 7 min. just in case they are not totally pure. Use parsley and a few finely diced pieces of celery or just a small leaf mashed or diced. Lastly, 1 bayleaf should be added to the cream mixture until finished and removed. Yum Yum. Just had some Sat.

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