Smoked Oyster Stew – Treat Yourself

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Full of smokey oysters and corn, this is a great soup for the Lenten season.
Smoked Oyster Stew
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
Servings (slide to adjust): 6
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2022-10-31
Calories per serving: 172kcal

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  • 1 Red onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6 oz 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
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • 1 6 oz smoked oysters
    Drain the oysters, but do not throw away the oil.
  • Put the oil in the bottom of a pot and heat it.
  • 1 Red onion, 1 cloves garlic
    Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until the onion is translucent.
  • 1 12 oz can corn, 1 12 oz can sliced potatoes
    Add the oysters, corn, and potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher to break the pieces of potato up, but not completely.
  • 1/4 cup clam juice
    Add the clam juice.
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable base, 1 cup water
    Mix the boiling water with the vegetable base and add that to the pot.
  • 1 cup milk
    Add the milk and taste for seasoning.
  • 1/4 teaspoon True Lemon, 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    Add the true lemon and Tabasco sauce.
  • Cook on very low until heated and serve.


Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 12gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 409mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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