Crockpot Oyster Stew

Crockpot oyster stew recipe

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
459 Calories
29g Fat
37g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 14g
Calcium 430mg 33%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Oyster stew is a traditional Christmas Eve recipe. This version is easily made in your crockpot, so you can wrap gifts, decorate the Christmas tree, or just sit and relax while it cooks.


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (mince)d
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes (thawed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 pints fresh oysters (or 2 (8-ounce) cans whole oysters; drained, reserving liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crockpot oyster stew
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  2. In 4-quart crockpot, combine the milk, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and thawed potatoes. Cook, covered, on high for 1 1/2 hours.

    Add ingredients to crockpot
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  3. Toward ​the end of this cooking time, melt the butter and add oysters with liquid in a saucepan. Simmer on low until edges of oysters curl, about 4 to 5 minutes.

    Melt butter
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  4. Add the salt and Worcestershire sauce to the oysters and stir well.

    Add the salt
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  5. Add oyster mixture to crockpot, cover, and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    Add oyster mixture
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  6. Sprinkle with chives.

    Sprinkle with chives
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

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