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Oyster Rockefeller Soup Garnished with Crispy Bacon and Fried Oysters

Oyster Rockefeller Soup Garnished with Crispy Bacon and Fried Oysters

Because of its rich flavor, Oysters Rockefeller was named for the wealthy Rockefeller family. This preparation turns the classic dish into a soup that is paired with crunchy fried oysters. The soup will keep for up to three days. Simply reheat it over gentle heat to serve.  

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus time to shuck the oysters if necessary
  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 dozen freshly shucked oysters, with their liquor
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, cleaned, stemmed and chopped
  • Hot Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup masa flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Emeril's Original Essence
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying


  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

    In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add 2 dozen of the oysters with their liquor and cook for 4 minutes.

  • Add the spinach and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Using a handheld blender, puree the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm. Before serving, season the soup with the hot sauce and Worcestershire.

    Season the remaining dozen oysters with salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, combine the flours and season with Essence.

  • Dredge the oysters in the seasoned flour, coating completely. Fry the oysters in hot vegetable oil until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with Essence.

    To serve, ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. Garnish with the fried oysters and crispy bacon.

  • Note: Keep in mind the saltiness of the oysters when seasoning the soup.

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