Oyster stew came to this country with Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine. Catholic tradition banned meat on Christmas Eve so many Irish families ate a soup or stew of fish. Oysters were substituted for fish and it became a traditional Christmas dish for many, whether Irish or not.
Pour milk into a large pot over medium-high heat. Melt butter, stirring constantly.
When mixture is almost boiling, pour the oysters and their liquid into the pot. Season with salt & pepper.
Stir continuously until the oysters curl at the edges. When the oysters curl the stew is finished cooking. Turn off the heat and serve.
Last updated: December 19, 2016