New England Oyster Stew

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Lorraine of AZ

My friend Elaine, a New Englander, swore this is the only way to make oyster stew which is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. She flatly said, "Do not use west coast oysters. East coast oysters are preferred; gulf coast oysters may also be used."

Top Review by Papa Deuce

OK, we made this on Christmas Day, basically I just doubled the recipe, but I added 1 tsp cayenne, and 1 TBS of worcestershire sauce, and some scallions for garnish. People raved over this. Will make it several times a year if I can get the oysters... not always easy where I live.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup butter (1/4 pound)
  • 1 quart oyster
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • salt and pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Add the oysters with their liquor. Heat until the oysters curl.
  2. Meanwhile heat the whole milk and half-and-half . Add to the pot when the oysters have curled.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste. The stew will take a lot of seasoning.
  4. Heat to serving temperature and serve.

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