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Easy Oyster Stew Recipe

This Easy Oyster Stew Recipe has been a part of my life (and my husband’s life) ever since we can remember. Both of our mothers always made this tasty stew at Christmastime. My mother also made Oyster Dressing every Thanksgiving, (we’ll talk about oyster dressing another day). 

(In case you didn’t know, there is an American tradition of eating Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve.)

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Easy Oyster Stew Recipe

Now just because our mothers both made Oyster Stew around the holidays doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyed all year round! Nope! Just ask my husband and he’ll tell you that I make this recipe randomly throughout the year. Not only do we love the taste, we love how quickly it all comes together. 

Another great thing about this Easy Oyster Stew Recipe is that it’s naturally gluten-free! (Just be sure to use gluten-free crackers instead of oyster crackers.)

Easy Oyster Stew Recipes

If you are on a dairy-free diet you can easily substitute the milk with a non-dairy option and omit the butter. Dairy-free options such as almond, soy, cashew, hemp, coconut, rice, or oat milk will work. However, please realize that the overall taste and consistency may change when using alternative types of milk.  

Easy Oyster Stew Recipe

A delicious and easy soup recipe.

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 3 (8-ounces each) cans of whole oysters (plus the liquid in the can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh parsley leaves


  1. Place milk, oysters (and the juice surrounding the oysters) salt, pepper and butter into a stockpot.
  2. Simmer on low heat for 45 minute to 1 hour; stir occasionally.
  3. Garnish with parsley.
  4. Serve hot, along with oyster crackers (GF Option - use gluten-free crackers).
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

Personally, I like to serve a steamy soup bowl of Oyster Stew along with a side salad. Then for dessert, I like to serve delicious cheesecake cupcakes or Caramel Pecan Chocolate Cheesecake.  

Personally, I love making soup recipes any time of the year. Soup always goes well with Golden Cornbread or Cream Cheese Biscuits

Does your family celebrate any traditions?



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