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Crockpot Oyster Stew


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

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 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 oz.) cans whole oysters, drained, reserving liquid
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives


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

Toward end of this cooking time, in large heavy saucepan, melt butter and add oysters with liquid. Simmer on low until edges of oysters curl, about 4-5 minutes. Add salt and Worcestershire sauce to the oysters and stir well. Add oyster mixture to crockpot, cover, and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

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