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Oyster Stuffing Recipe

This is by far the best oyster stuffing recipe! It only requires a few simple ingredients, it’s so easy to make and the flavors are amazing together. Plus, it’s so creamy and crunchy and has the perfect savory flavor. This oyster dressing recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone will love it, especially the seafood lover!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
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Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $30


  • 1 pint oysters fresh and shucked
  • 13 ounces Ritz Crackers about 5 sleeves of crackers. This doesn't need to be exact.
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups milk 2% or whole
  • 3 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 3 tsp fresh pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Heat oven to oven to 350 degrees.
  • Start by cubing the butter into small pieces and chopping the fresh rosemary. Set it aside to soften while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour the crackers into the large mixing bowl and roughly break them in half. This doesn’t need to be perfect by any means! Just quickly break them in half in the bowl.
    Ritz crackers broken in a bowl
  • Butter the 9×13 casserole dish (or something similar)
  • Layer in 1/3 of the crackers in the prepared baking dish. Keep in mind, that you will add 3 layers of the crackers total so save enough for the extra layers.
  • Add 1/2 of the oysters over the top.
    fresh oysters in a dish with crackers to make Thanksgiving stuffing
  • Randomly place 9 small pieces of cubed butter over the top.
  • Sprinkle about 1/4 tsp of salt and 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp fresh rosemary over the top.
  • Add another layer of crackers, the rest of the oysters, butter, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
    crackers and butter in a baking dish
  • The last layer will be the top, so it will just be crackers, the remaining butter, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the oyster liquid in with the milk and then pour the milk evenly over the top of the crackers.
    pouring milk over oyster stuffing
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes covered and 25 minutes not covered. This dish will bake for about 55 minutes.
  • The crackers will be golden brown on the top.
    stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving with oysters


Oyster stuffing is one of those dishes that is so easy to make but there are a few things that you can do to make it even better!
Use fresh oysters. Have the seafood department shuck them for you. If you can’t get fresh, use freshly shucked oysters in a jar. Don’t use canned for this recipe.
Make sure to use Ritz crackers. They hold up well when baked and have the best flavor.
Add plenty of fresh chopped herbs. This really makes a difference in the flavor of the stuffing.
Use good quality butter. It will make a difference in the flavor and texture of the stuffing.
Don’t forget the milk! It sounds like an odd ingredient but it really does help to moisten the stuffing and make it more flavorful.
Another helpful tip… don’t toss the oyster juice! Save the liquid and add it to the milk. Don’t add more than 1/8 cup of oyster liquid though.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg