Smoked Oyster Stew – Treat Yourself

Full of smokey oysters and corn, this is a great soup for the Lenten season.
Smoked Oyster Stew

Smoked Oyster Stew with corn and potatoes in a creamy broth.

Treat yourself to this easy to make smoked oyster stew. You probably have the ingredients to make it in your pantry.

Growing up as a child, my mother rewarded me by sharing a can of smoked oysters with me. Yeah, I know, oysters aren’t at the top of the list of treats to give a child, but I loved them. I even liked the giant raw Japanese oysters over ice that my mother’s friend had for an appetizer when we went to dinner at her house. Ok, I admit it, I’m strange.

When I make oyster cornbread dressing, I always use fresh oysters because canned ones just don’t work. They have too much flavor. Oysters in cornbread dressing are there for umami, not so much for flavor. As far as oyster stew goes, it should also have fresh oysters because they are the star of the show.


So why this recipe? Honestly, I had a can on hand and I wanted oyster stew, so I thought, what the heck? How bad could it be? Well, let me tell you, aside from the fact that the soup was dead easy to make, it was really, really delicious. Instead of fresh potatoes, I recommend using canned potatoes because they are already cooked so the oysters won’t be able to overcook. Canned corn, again because it’s already cooked, rounds out the soup’s flavor. The soup base is clam juice, water, and milk, so it’s also low fat – but tasty enough to serve at a fancy dinner.  I recommend having it as a starter with a glass of white wine.

Smoked Oyster Stew

Full of smokey oysters and corn, this is a great soup for the Lenten season.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Side, Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Difficulty: Easy
Servings (slide to adjust): 6
Calories: 172kcal


  • 1 Red onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6 oz can smoked oysters
  • 1 12 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 12 oz can sliced potatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup clam juice
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable base
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon True Lemon
  • teaspoon Tabasco sauce


  • Drain the oysters, but do not throw away the oil.
  • Put the oil in the bottom of a pot and heat it.
  • Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the oysters, corn, and potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher to break the pieces of potato up, but not completely.
  • Add the clam juice.
  • Mix the boiling water with the vegetable base and add that to the pot.
  • Add the milk and taste for seasoning.
  • Add the true lemon and Tabasco sauce.
  • Cook on very low until heated and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Smoked Oyster Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 291mg13%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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