Oysters are most often served raw, or smoked in a can, so it’s easy to forget about good ‘ol oyster stew. Not exactly chowder or bisque, oyster stew is an uncomplicated meal. It’s little more than oysters and milk (or cream) warmed in a pot. It’s perfect in its simplicity.
So why mess with perfection? Milk, that’s why. It’s not for everyone. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll be happy to know that oysters and coconut milk is not such a bad combination. In fact, it’s delicious.
This coconut milk oyster stew is briny, savory, buttery and slightly sweet from the coconut milk. Fresh chives and chunks of melting butter (or ghee) finish the dish, elevating it from good to amazing.
This recipe doesn’t hold back with the oysters, using only freshly shucked. However, canned oysters can be used instead, or in addition to, fresh oysters. Some fish counters also sell pints of shucked oysters. However you add oysters to the stew, you’ll be getting a good dose of zinc, plus a whole lot of other vitamins and minerals.