See this fun and tasty Oyster Cracker Recipe you can make with a $1 bag of Oyster Crackers! Perfect for munching, soups and more!
Savory Oyster Crackers:
Something about those little round Oyster Crackers takes me back to childhood! My grandmother always had a bag in the cabinet and us kids would snack on them — I am guessing she kept them to serve with soups.
I can promise you these little crackers don’t have much taste on their own. Oyster Crackers are typically added to the top of soups such as Clam Chowder. In Cincinnati, they are added to chili, and in the New England Area they are served with Oysters, which is how they got their name.
On their own they might work as a snack for kids, but fast forward 25+ years and a handful of crackers is less appealing to me now! 🙂 Since they are such a frugal snack option and they are a great size for snacking, however, I decided to jazz them up with some great savory flavors. See this quick and easy recipe!
Coat your Oyster Crackers:
This recipe works best if you use an overly large mixing bowl. I am really good at getting out a bowl not quite big enough, then I have a mess of spices and crackers all over the counter.
Melt butter in a microwave safe dish and add the full bag of Oyster Crackers. Gently stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until the crackers have a nice even coating. You can also just use your hands to toss– sometimes that works best for me!
Then you will add your spices a little at a time. Don’t add all at once or you will have some overly coated with spices and some not flavorful at all. For mine, I seasoned then tossed well, and then repeated those steps until the crackers were done.
Savory Oyster Cracker Recipe- Adding Spices:
First, I had to add some strong spices to give these Oyster Crackers some kick! I find dry Ranch Seasoning to be my favorite way to add flavor to any type of crackers.
You can definitely opt to purchase the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Packet or the larger container at your local grocery store.
If you like to make your own spices, you can easily mix up this Homemade Dry Ranch Seasoning which will go a long way and tastes almost exactly the same. I always add less of my homemade seasoning than the store-bought mix. If the recipe calls for a full packet (around 3.5 TBSP) I will just use about 2 TBSP of my homemade mix. And one important thing to remember is that you do need to shake the jar well –lid on securely– or take a butter knife and mix your Homemade Ranch Seasoning before you use it. The ranch will settle over time.
Finally, Add some Heat! I used Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to give this recipe some spice without being overwhelmingly hot. If you really love HOT snack mixes, you can go for any level of red pepper powder. Be sure to taste as you go!
Hope you Enjoy this Simple Recipe It’s great for setting out for Baby and Bridal Shower Snacks, Game Day munching and more!
Print Your Oyster Cracker Recipe Here
- 1 lb Oyster Crackers (you can use 2 of the 9 oz packages)
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pack ranch dip mix
Melt the butter completely
Pour your bag of crackers into a large mixing bowl ( big enough to stir) Slowly add the melted butter and stir till all crackers are well coated.
Now add your ranch seasoning mix a little at a time and stir each time you add more. This will help the seasoning not to clump and that the crackers are well coated.
Now do the same with red pepper flakes.
Store in an airtight resealable container.
Allow flavors to mix 10-15 minutes, then serve
You can also do variations on this recipe, such as parmesan garlic, nacho cheese, buffalo, cajun or lemon/dill.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g