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Create a delicious appetizer!


  • 6-8 large oysters in their shells.

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped.

  • 1/3 cup flour.

  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  • ½ tsp. basil.

  • ½ tsp. oregano.

  • 1 onion, chopped.

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped.

  • 2 medium potatoes, diced.

  • 1 carrot, chopped.

  • 3 cups milk.

  • 2 tbsp. butter.


  1. Prepare Oysters: Shuck the 6-8 large oysters, draining and reserving the juice. Rinse the oysters and place them on a paper towel to dry.

  2. Saute Bacon: Chop the bacon and sauté it in a large pot until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon and oysters, draining excess fat.

  3. Prepare Seasoned Flour: Combine the flour with salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Dredge the rinsed oysters in the seasoned flour.

  4. Brown Oysters: Brown the flour-dredged oysters in the bacon fat over medium heat. Once browned, remove both the oysters and bacon, and set them aside.

  5. Prepare Vegetable Base: Add the chopped onion, celery, diced potatoes, and chopped carrot to the pot. If needed, add water to the pot. Stir and cook until the vegetables are tender, stirring often.

  6. Combine Oyster Juice and Vegetables: Add the reserved oyster juice to the pot with the cooked vegetables. If necessary, you can add water as well. Simmer until the vegetables are fully tender, stirring often.

  7. Chop Oysters and Add to Vegetables: Chop the browned oysters and add them to the pot with the cooked vegetables. Also, add back the crispy bacon.

  8. Add Milk and Butter: Stir in 3 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter. Heat the chowder gently, making sure not to bring it to a boil.

  9. Adjust Seasonings: Taste the chowder and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, or herbs if necessary.

  10. Serve: Ladle the Desolation Sound Oyster Chowder into bowls and serve while warm.


This recipe serves 3 to 4, making it a comforting and flavorful chowder for a small group.


Feel free to customize the seasoning and vegetable quantities based on your preferences. Enjoy the rich flavors of this Desolation Sound Oyster Chowder!

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