A Deliciously Tasty Oyster Soup Recipe

Oyster soup originated in Ireland. According to the law of the Catholic Church at the time, meat was banned on Christmas Eve. So, people turned to seafood for their holiday sustenance. The soup was originally made with fish. It wasn’t until the Irish escaped the potato famine and came to America, that they substituted the fish for oysters.

Today, oyster soup takes many forms, and is made differently in many parts of the United States. For example, in Louisiana, they made it with a spicy tomato base. New Englanders make it thick and creamy, more of a chowder. They also serve it as an appetizer on Thanksgiving. Then there are some folks that enjoy a thinned out, simple version to celebrate News Years Eve.

However, it’s made, it’s always a hearty, filling soup, that’s sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Our version is on the thicker side, a chowder if you like. It’s full of delicious chunks of vegetables and delicious creamy flavors. We hope you enjoy our recipe for a deliciously tasty oyster soup recipe.

A Deliciously Tasty Oyster Soup Recipe

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 25 minutes
  • Total: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 6


  • 1 – 12 ounce container of shucked oysters, drained (set aside the liquid)
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of dried dill
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook the oysters with their liquid in a pan on a medium heat for 5–10 minutes, or until the edges curl. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Mix in the potatoes, onions, broccoli, water, and corn in a large pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the veggies are fork tender (about 10 minutes). Drain them and save the liquid.

3. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Stir the flour into the butter until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the veggie water and milk into the flour mix slowly. Cook until thick (about 5 minutes).

4. Add the oysters, veggies, and dill to the milk mixture and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • If you’re using canned oysters, there’s no need to add salt.
  • Feel free to use fresh oysters for this recipe, but be careful when buying them. Follow the guidelines below.
  • If the soup is too thick you can add a bit of vegetable broth.

Nutrition Facts

  • calories: 260
  • fat: 13 grams
  • carbohydrates: 25 grams
  • protein: 17 grams
  • cholesterol: 76 grams
  • sodium: 298 milligrams
  • fiber: 2 grams
  • protein: 13 grams
  • calcium: 203 milligrams
  • iron: 6 milligrams
  • potassium: 567 grams

How Long Will Oyster Soup Last?

This oyster soup will last up to 3 days in the fridge if placed in an airtight container. If you need more time with it, the soup freezes nicely and will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

Tips And Tricks To Buying Good Oysters

Some folks will go straight for the canned oysters because they are afraid to buy fresh. But if you know what to look for, there’s no reason to fear. Here are some tips for getting the best oysters possible.

1. Check The Date

The key to gid oysters is freshness. All oysters will have a tag that gives the harvest date. Choose the bunch that has the most recent date, don’t buy any that have a date of more than a week earlier.

2. The Nose Knows

Fresh oysters should smell like the ocean, like the salty ocean air. If they smell fishy or like anything else funky, they are probably bad.

3. Look For Seaweed

If there is fresh seaweed attached to the oysters, that’s a sure sign that the oysters are fresh.

4. No Open Shells

If the shells are open, even a little bit, it means they are dead or dying. Steer clear.

5. Liquid Is Good

When you open your oysters, there should be a clear, sweet smelling liquid. This means the oysters are good to go.

What Can You Serve With Oyster Soup?

With its smooth and creamy base, oyster soup can be served with a variety of tasty sides and entrees. If you’re looking to complete your meal, read on.

1. Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a great accompaniment to your soup. Its crispy skin is a great contrast to the silky soup. It’s also a great way to get in some extra protein.

2. Cheddar Biscuits

We all know that cheddar biscuits go great with any type of seafood. They can be buttered and eaten on the side, or fully dipped in your oyster soup.

3. Hush Puppies

The doughy cornmeal delights go great on the side of any soup bowl. They’re especially great with oyster soup as they bring out the earthy brine of the shellfish.

4. Fennel Seed Crackers

These healthy crackers have a great, refreshing taste, and are nice to dip in the soup.

5. Bacon Twists

If you want to try something fun and different, these bacon twists will do the trick. Flavor with some sugar and cayenne pepper, twist them up like a pretzel, and bake. Their crunch is a nice contrast to the creamy soup.

6. Fried Mussels

Keep that seafood train rolling with some delicious fried mussels. You’ll keep the same briny flavor of the oysters, but get a nice crunch along the way.

7. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

These crimp, herb infused potatoes make a great side to oyster soup. They’re nutritious, flavorful, and delicious.

What Are Some Other Delicious Oyster Dishes?

If you just can’t get enough oysters, here’s some more delicious dishes to try.

  • oysters on the half shell
  • poached oysters
  • grilled oysters with tarragon butter
  • oyster casserole
  • barbecued oysters
  • oysters Rockefeller
  • oyster tartar sauce
  • oyster omelet
  • fried oysters

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