Baked Oysters and Spinach

Oysters are baked on a bed of spinach, onions, dill, and bread crumbs for a quick and delicious dish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh spinach, rinsed well and left wet
  • 1/4 cup butter, use less
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • Large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half n half
  • 1 cup fine dried bread crumbs
  • 1 quart shucked fresh oysters
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried


Place the spinach in a large saucepan, cover, and steam over moderate heat for about 5 minutes or until tender. Drain the spinach, refresh under cold water, squeeze dry, and chop finely. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat half the butter, add the onion, and saute over moderate heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the spinach, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cream. Stir well and cook over moderate heat for about 2 minutes, stirring in a few bread crumbs if necessary to thicken the mixture. Add the oysters and dill and stir well. Spoon the mixture into a well-buttered baking dish, sprinkle the top with bread crumbs, dot with the remaining butter, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Yield: 6 servings