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Grandma's Oyster Soup

Grandma's Oyster Soup is a traditional Christmas menu item. Grab a sleeve of crackers and dig into this soup featuring oysters in a buttery-milk broth.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 - 2 pints oysters (with juice)
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Pour oyster juice through a sieve to remove grit; reserve juice for soup .
  • Rinse oysters in cold water in colander to remove any broken shells.
  • Melt butter in a large sauce pan or soup pot over low heat. Add oysters and gently warm for a few minutes.
  • Add milk and oyster juice. Continue to heat slowly over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • When the broth is warm (not scalded), season slowly with salt and pepper. Taste and continue to season until the milk broth is flavorful.
  • Serve with crackers or oyster crackers.

Notes

  • Use whole milk, no exceptions!  You could use 2% milk but for a full, rich, creamy flavor, use whole milk.
  • Use 1 or 2 pints oysters, to your preference.
  • Substitute margarine for butter, if desired.
  • The most important thing to remember is do only heat over low heat. Resist the urge to speed up the process or to turn up the heat.
  • This soup will not taste good if it isn't seasoned properly.  Start with 1 teaspoon salt, and then taste.   Go up to 3 teaspoons salt, if desired.
  • Love soup? Try Mom's Wild Rice and Broccoli Soup. 

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 1mg