The ideal oyster stew has a slightly thick broth and complex flavors from plump, tender oysters and simple seasonings. It's also well-suited for entertaining, as an appetizer with biscuits, a first course, or a light entree.
See chef Scott Peacock's recipe and step-by-step cooking tips for oyster stew.
Tip 1: Gently stew the onions and celery in butter, without letting them brown, to bring out their delicate flavor and add complexity to your oyster stew.
Tip 2: Watch for the onion to get translucent and the celery to get tender before sprinkling flour over the mixture.
Tip 3: Keep the ingredients moving over the heat, whisking to blend in the flour and to prevent the mixture from browning, which would alter the flavor of the finished oyster stew.
Tip 4: Slowly pour in the liquid, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps from forming.
Tip 5: Cook the oysters only until the gills begin to open and the edges curl. Overcooking them will make the oysters tough.
Tip 6: Careful seasoning at every step brings out the individual flavors in this deceptively simple oyster stew.
Tip 7: By cooking the two parts of this oyster stew separately, you keep the distinct flavors.
Tip 8: At the end of your process, sprinkle in cayenne, stir, then cover and let rest to allow flavors to develop. Carefully taste just before serving. Adjust the seasoning, if needed.
You'll need just 25 minutes for this delicious oyster stew recipe. Get all the ingredients and steps here.