Mama's Oyster Stew

Susan Feliciano


My family does not like oyster stew, but it was a traditional dish that my mother always made for my father for breakfast Christmas morning. Some people eat it on Christmas Eve, but he always had it Christmas morning. Her recipe was very basic.
(The pictures approximate very closely what it looks like. They are from and
Except for the picture of my parents, of course! It was taken on their wedding day.


★★★★★ 5 votes

5 Min
15 Min


  • 3 Tbsp
    butter or margarine
  • 12 oz
    oysters, undrained
  • 3-4 c
    whole milk or half & half
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • ·
    oyster crackers for serving

How to Make Mama's Oyster Stew


  1. Melt the butter or margarine in a heavy saucepan. Stir in a 12-ounce container of raw oysters, undrained. Heat over medium heat until hot, but not boiling, then lower heat.
  2. Stir in the whole milk or half & half, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until edges of oysters begin to curl and mixture is hot - do not boil. Serve with oyster crackers.
  3. Note - the amount of milk used depends on how much liquid is in your oysters, and how thin you like the stew. My father preferred his rather thin, so the 4 cups milk would usually be used.

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About Mama's Oyster Stew

Course/Dish: Fish Soups, Cream Soups
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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