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Wild Mushroom And Oyster Stew

Wild Mushroom And Oyster Stew

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: About 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, oyster, morel, chanterelle, wiped clean, stems trimmed or removed, and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or sherry
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 1 pint oysters, drained, liquor reserved
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Finely chopped chives, garnish
  • Thinly sliced garlic toast, accompaniment


  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and shallots, and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are soft and give up their liquid but are not browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes - do not allow the flour to color. Add the wine and bring to a simmer, stirring to release any flour that has stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring, until the wine thickens. Add the half and half and the oyster liquor and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened and the flavors come together - 20 to 30 minutes. Add the lemon juice and oysters and cook until the oysters begin to curl, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning to taste.

  • Ladle into cream soup bowls and garnish with chopped chives and garlic toast. Serve hot.