Oyster Stew with Virginia Ham

stewed oysters with virginia ham
Photo: Mikkel Vang
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 to 6 Serves

Fresh oysters are gently simmered in a rich, smoky broth made with cream, apple cider, and Virginia ham for this super-savory, irresistible stew.


  • 5 ounces Virginia ham

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 shallot, minced (about ¼ cup)

  • ½ cup apple cider

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 24 oysters, shucked, liquor reserved (about ½ cup)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Oyster crackers or toasted bread, for serving


  1. Using 2 forks, shred ham into bite-size pieces. (You should have 1 cup.)

  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in ham. Increase heat to high and add cider; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add cream, and heat through, stirring often, until just bubbling, 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Stir in oysters and liquor; cook until oysters turn opaque and begin to curl, 1 to 2 minutes. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 bowls and serve, with crackers and more pepper.

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