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Oyster Stew with Chorizo and Spinach

January 28, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 3-4
Author Notes

If I can refrain from eating oysters as soon as they've been shucked, I like to cook them in a stew. This stew is a favorite. I love the contrast of the plump, slippery oysters with smoky, spicy chorizo and earthy spinach. The creamy broth, perfumed with oyster liquor, binds together the robust flavors and textures, creating a lovely one-bowl meal. —TasteFood

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces chorizo sausage, cut in 1/4" slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shucked oysters (about 12), liquor drained and reserved
  • 3 cups spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add chorizo. Cook, stirring, until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Transfer chorizo to a plate lined with a paper towel. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from saucepan.
  2. Add onion to saucepan and sauté over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add milk, cream and reserved oyster liquor to the onions. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Add spinach and cook briefly until wilted but still bright green.
  5. Add oysters and simmer until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately in warm bowls.

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  • David Saldutti
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  • MrsWheelbarrow
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6 Reviews

David S. February 24, 2016
Made this over the weekend. Good not great. Made again today with a few changes and enjoyed much more. Changes: 3 chorizo links casing removed and chopped in pot. Added large diced onion halfway thru the chorizo browning along with tsp chopped garlic and dash of red pepper flakes. Added 1/4 cup white wine. Cooked down till liquid almost evaporated, then added heaping tbsp flour and mixed thoroughly prior to adding liquids. Also, used two, 10 oz canned baby clams vs oysters (lazy) ?
lorigoldsby November 7, 2011
So glad this popped up....I wasn't on a year ago, and wow!
mrslarkin January 29, 2010
Oh, how I could go for a bowl of that right now on this very chilly day!
MrsWheelbarrow January 29, 2010
Wow. What's not to love?
aargersi January 29, 2010
Wow, yum on this! The chorizo is a great idea! Love the bowl too!
melissav January 28, 2010
This looks yummy!