Oyster stew is little more than milk, cream and oysters but the flavor is beyond the sum of its parts. This makes a delicious appetizer or a light supper.
Keyword cream soups, oyster stew, oysters
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 20minutes
1pintoysters in their liquid
2 1/2tablespoonsunsalted butter
1stalk celeryminced (celery leaves reserved)
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/2teaspoonfresh thyme leaveschopped
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkleOld Bay Seasoning
dash hot sauceI like Crystal's or Tabasco
Set a colander over a small bowl. Add the oysters into the colander, reserving the liquor.
Set a fine mesh sieve over another small bowl and pour the oyster liquor over the sieve. This will remove any sand or grit from the liquor. Discard solids.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and celery, stirring for 2-3 minutes until vegetables are slightly softened and translucent.
Turn the heat down to medium low and add the strained oyster liquor, milk, cream and thyme. Heat slowly until broth reaches a simmer (just a few bubbles rimming the pan) Do not boil, to avoid curdling the milk. Taste the broth and adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Slip the oysters into the broth and let them simmer for 2-3 minutes, just until the edges start to curl. You want the oysters to be tender, not tough - overcooking will make them rubbery.
Ladle the stew into bowls and garnish with celery leaves and/or other optional garnishes.