Authentic Christmas Recipe: Oyster Stew

Oyster stew was first introduced in 1800 century. It’s one of the classic recipe which is still made on the Christmas Eve for dinner. Soup recipes and stew are generally served before a main course and in the freezing winters it’s like a delight.

Although previously this recipe was not considered as a delicacy especially for those who were close to sea or coastal areas because sea food was available in abundant and in really economical prices. But still the flavors and richness of this stew were such that people use to make it again and again. This soup recipe is like a tradition and still there are many families who make this recipe for the Christmas dinner.

In today’s post, I will share a simple recipe of oyster stew. To make this soup or stew first of all, one need to understand oyster got its own flavors and taste and it’s very subtle. So it’s important to balance the other ingredients in a way that it doesn’t over power the flavors of this mild sea food. Oyster stew is a rich and hearty soup recipe for this winter and you would really appreciate the flavors and aroma of it. Tip – Don’t overcook it.

This recipe is inspired from Paula Deen. This recipe serves up to 4 servings.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients –

  • 14 ounces fresh raw oysters, un-drained
  • 1 ½ green onions (you can also use yellow onion), chopped, plus additional sliced green onions for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Fresh thyme to garnish

Method –

  1. First sauté onion in butter until tender on medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low, now add all the remaining ingredients except thyme.
  2. Cook over low heat until edges of oysters start to curl and mixture is just hot but not boiling. Once it’s done, garnish it with green onions and thyme.
  3. Serve hot.

If you are little calorie conscious then exclude heavy cream and white wine from this recipe, you can add a nice shrimp stock to give more of the flavors. Serve it with oyster crackers. Believe me your guest would love this soup recipe, so better make it large quantity. Increase the ingredients according to the servings.

Note – Serve this recipe immediately, don’t store it. Because of storing it may lose some of its flavors and aroma plus you can’t reheat this soup as I have suggest over cooking can ruin its taste.

Enjoy this scrumptious yet delightful soup this festive season. Bon appetit. 

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