Move over Chex mix, Seasoned Oyster Crackers are the best snack you can put on the table, and one of the easiest to make.
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
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Seasoned Oyster Crackers (or ranch oyster crackers) are so popular with my friends that I have even gifted them in glass jars with ribbons at the holidays.
No one turns down a jar of deliciously seasoned and slightly addictive crackers. With all your favorite ranch flavors added to tiny little bite size crackers you will be challenged to stop eating handful after handful.
Add a little heat if you want with some cajun or fajita seasoning added to the spice blend in this recipe.
Sometimes I will add a little sprinkle of old bay seasoning along with some grated parmesan cheese when I am mixing up the oyster crackers with the seasoning.
This recipe is easy to personalize with your own favorite flavors.
What are Oyster Crackers?
Oyster crackers are tiny little puffy crackers that are often served with soup or chili. They are just a tiny and different shaped saltine cracker, with a mild flavor to them.
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- oyster crackers
- dried dill weed
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- red pepper flakes
- olive oil
Oyster crackers – I like the Nabisco premium ones but feel free to use your favorite brand. You can also use mini saltine crackers if you prefer or can’t find them
Spices – I like this combination of spices but if you prefer to use a Ranch seasoning packet, feel free! Just use 3-4 teaspoons of seasoning mix total. You can also use fresh dill you will just need double the amount.
Olive oil – You can substitute canola oil or vegetable oil if you prefer. For an even richer flavor you can use melted butter.
How to make Ranch Oyster Crackers
First: Preheat oven to 250F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Second: In a small bowl, combine all spices and olive oil. Whisk to mix. In a large bowl add the oyster crackers.
Third: Pour the oil and spice mixture over them. Toss to coat the crackers evenly. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Fourth: At 250F in a preheated oven bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring half way through to ensure even baking, until golden brown and fragrant. Remove and let cool before serving. enjoy!
For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Who makes the best oyster crackers?
As you can see from the photos I like the Premium brand myself, but any brand is going to work for you. Some are different sizes and slightly different shapes.
Are they a good snack?
If you aren’t going for a healthy snack these will be fantastic for you, and if you can keep yourself to a small serving then they aren’t too bad either, but it is hard and requires a lot of will power not to eat half the pan!
What are they used for?
Oyster crackers are used as a topping for soups and chili recipes often, but I like them in salads and snack mixes!
How to store
Keep the finished ranch oyster crackers in an airtight container or bag for up to one week at room temperature. I always stir or shake the crackers to get the settled seasoning distributed again.
Tapas Tips & Tricks
- Use a packet of Ranch dressing mix instead of the spices to make it easier.
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning for more brightness.
- Some like to toss them in a zip-top bag with the oil and spices but I find that too much of the coating sticks inside the bag. I like to use a bowl so I can scrape out all the coating with a spatula and not miss any.
- Use leftovers as croutons for salads or toppings for your favorite soups like clam chowder!
- Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese when they come out of the oven for more richness.
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Let me know what you think in the comments, you’re going to love making these simple oyster crackers for all of your gatherings and family movie night!
More Easy Snack Recipes
- Spicy Chex Mix
- Jerk Spiced Crackers
- Cheese Crisps
- French Onion Pretzels
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Sweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers
Printable Recipe Card
- 9 ounces oyster crackers
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 250F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- In a small bowl, combine the spices and stir to mix. Add olive oil and mix.
- In a large bowl, add the oyster crackers. Pour the spice and oil mix over the oyster crackers.
- Toss to coat.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake at 250F for 15-20 minutes, stirring half way through to ensure even baking.
- Remove and cool completely before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
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