Simple Slow Cooker Oyster Stew

Unscrubbed Oysters
Unscrubbed Oysters. Diana Rattray
Ratings (13)
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 8 bowls (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
232 Calories
17g Fat
14g Carbs
6g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy oyster stew recipe is made with fresh oysters, milk, butter, and seasonings. Serve with crackers and a tossed salad for a satisfying meal. 

To thicken the stew slightly, an optional flour and water slurry may be added to the stew before it's finished.

Green onions or chives may be added to the stew for extra flavor and color. See the tips and variations for more.


  • 2 quarts whole milk 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 pints fresh oysters, with liquid
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce​
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour milk into crockpot; heat on HIGH for 1 1/2 hours.

  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter; add oysters with their liquid. Simmer on low until edges of oysters curl. Add the salt, a dash of cayenne pepper, and the Worcestershire sauce.

  3. Add the oyster mixture to the hot milk. Reduce the heat to LOW and continue cooking for about 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  4. If desired, combine the optional 2 tablespoons of flour with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir until smooth and add to the crockpot. Continue cooking until slightly thickened.

Tips and Variations

  • Before you simmer the oysters, add about 1/2 cup of chopped green onions to the butter in the saucepan and saute until translucent. Add the oysters and liquid and continue with the recipe.

  • Use 1 quart of half-and-half along with 1 quart of whole milk for a richer stew.