How To Cook Canned Oysters: Top Easy Ways To Enjoy Your Oysters

Fresh oysters are certainly better than the canned versions. Still, if you don’t have access to fresh oysters, those that come in jars and cans will do.

In this post, I will particularly tackle on the topic of canned oysters and how to cook this type of dish. Do keep in mind that the canned varieties are either boiled or smoked – and are, therefore, already cook. And as such, they can be eaten out of the can (if you want to).

Still, you can cook canned oysters in many different ways. Just think of it as reheating the food – as you really don’t want to overcook oysters. When overdone, oysters can become dry and rubbery. Also, when not handled gently, canned oysters can fall apart (since they’re quite delicate).

Technically, this article is not about cooking canned oysters (since they’re already cooked). What I’m about to show you are the many different ways you can use oysters in recipes (as ingredients).

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Top 7 Ways to Cook Canned Oysters

Top 1 – Oyster Stuffing

For an exotic stuffing, you can use oysters as one of the main ingredients to make your dish stand out. You can opt to make it on Thanksgiving to make the occasion more memorable and special. This particular recipe takes only about an hour to make (preparation and cooking time) – so, it would really be a good choice for a quick dinner recipe.

Oyster Dressing (Stuffing) via Allrecipes

Oyster Dressing (Stuffing) via Allrecipes

To give you an idea, here are some of the ingredients you will need to make this stuffing:

  • Canned Oysters (drain the oysters and reserve the juice)
  • Oil
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parsley
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Poultry seasoning

Here are the steps to making the stuffing:

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    Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Grease a baking dish.
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    Heat oil in a frying pan (medium high).
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    Add the celery and onion and cook until tender.
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    Add in the bread crumbs and parsley.
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    Remove from heat and add the oysters, eggs, and salt and pepper (to taste).
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    Stir in the oyster juice and mix well.
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    Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish.
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    Bake for about 45 minutes.
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    Serve as stuffing to poultry dish.

Top 2 – Oyster Stew

You will see that this recipe is actually a soup dish. However, when using oysters as the main ingredient, this recipe is more recognized as a stew (oyster stew, to be exact). This dish is very easy to prepare because it basically calls for throwing all the ingredients into the pot and cooking the recipe in minutes.

Oyster Stew via Simply Recipes

Oyster Stew via Simply Recipes

To make this particular oyster stew, you need the following ingredients:

The ingredients are few just as the steps needed to complete the dish are also few (as you will see below).

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    In a pot, put in all the ingredients except the paprika and oyster crackers.
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    Bring the mixture to almost boiling point (it would be better to keep it from boiling as the mixture can be foamy).
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    When almost boiling, reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes.
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    Sprinkle with paprika.
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    Serve with oyster crackers as topping.

Top 3 – Oyster Pasta

With canned oysters readily available in grocery stores (and online), you can make oyster pasta dishes any day of the week (and as often as you want). Again, this recipe is very easy to prepare.

Smoked Oysters Pasta via The Pasta Man Blog

Smoked Oysters Pasta via The Pasta Man Blog

To make this oyster pasta recipe, you need the following ingredients:

Here are the steps to making this yummy oyster pasta dish:

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    Boil pasta and drain when cooked.
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    Heat up a pan (medium heat) and melt the butter.
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    Add some garlic.
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    Add bread crumbs and cook until brown (and crunchy) then remove from heat.
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    In separate pan, sauté the spinach and allow it to wilt.
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    Add wine.
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    Add the oysters (including the juice).
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    Add lemon juice, mix everything well, and remove from heat.
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    Pour the mixture over the pasta and mix well.
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    Serve by topping with Parmesan cheese.

Top 4 – Crispy Oven-Fried Oysters

Crispy oysters make for great appetizers. While it requires some time to prepare it, cooking time is actually very short (15 minutes or so).

Crispy Oven-Fried Oysters Recipe via Taste of Home

Crispy Oven-Fried Oysters Recipe via Taste of Home

You need the following ingredients for the breading:

  • Canned oysters (whole, drained)
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Romano cheese
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil

For the dip, you need these:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon peel
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The steps to making crispy oysters in the oven are the following:

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    In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
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    In another bowl, whisk the eggs.
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    Get another bowl and combine the bread crumbs, Romano cheese, and parsley.
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    Coat the oysters (one at a time) in the flour mixture.
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    Dip the oysters in the egg mixture.
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    Lastly, dip the oysters in the bread crumbs mixture.
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    Place the coated oysters in a baking pan (1 layer) and drizzle with some olive oil.
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    Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes (until golden brown and crunchy).
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    Prepare the dip by mixing all the ingredients well.
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    Serve hot and crispy with the dip.

Top 5 – Fried Canned Oysters

Here’s another crispy oyster recipe – but this time, the oysters are fried (not baked). Again, this recipe is very easy to prepare.

You need the following ingredients for this particular recipe:

  • Canned oysters (whole, rinsed, and drained).
  • Corn starch
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasoning
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Oil

To make crispy fried oysters, follow these steps:

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    Rinse the oysters to remove excess salt, then drain.
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    Arrange the oysters in a baking sheet (Amazon) and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
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    In a bowl, mix the wet ingredients (eggs and milk).
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    Get another bowl and combine all dry ingredients (and mix well).
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    Get a frying pan and heat up some oil.
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    Remove the frozen oysters from the freezer and dredge each one in the flour mixture.
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    Dip the oysters in the egg mixture.
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    Dip the oysters in the flour mixture again.
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    Drop the coated oysters in the heated oil (a few pieces at a time).
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    Cook and flip the oysters until cooked (about 3 minutes, total).
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    Remove from heat and drain off excess.

Top 6 – Smoked Oyster Spread

If you’re throwing a seafood party, serving smoked oyster spread will surely impress your guests. This is a very simple side dish that will go well with other seafoods.

SMOKED OYSTER SPREAD via Genius Kitchen

SMOKED OYSTER SPREAD via Genius Kitchen

To make this particular oyster spread, you need the following ingredients:

  • Canned oysters (smoked)
  • Cream cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce

Follow these steps to make this recipe:

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    Drain oysters and chop into small pieces.
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    In a bowl, combine chopped oysters, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
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    Chill the mixture for at least an hour.
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    Serve with bread and crackers.

Top 7 – Oyster Casserole

This oyster casserole recipe is easy to prepare and tasty as well. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and cooking it in the oven takes about 50 minutes (yes, we have another hands-off recipe here).

Oyster Casserole via Epicurious

Oyster Casserole via Epicurious

For this dish, the following ingredients are needed:

  • Canned oysters (drained, reserve the juice)
  • Butter
  • Saltine crackers
  • Whipping cream
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cream-style corn (canned)

To make this particular recipe, do the following steps:

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    Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Grease a baking pan.
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    Cut the oysters into small pieces and set aside.
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    In a bowl, combine the butter and crackers
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    In another bowl, combine the cream, oyster juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
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    Spread half of the cream-style corn on the baking dish.
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    Add a layer (half of the amount) of oysters onto the corn mixture.
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    Spread another layer of corn over the oysters.
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    Add the last batch of oysters over the corn.
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    Pour the oyster juice mixture on top of the dish.
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    Cover with aluminum foil and place inside the oven.
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    Bake for about 20 minutes.
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    Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
Baked Oyster

Baked Oyster

Cooking Canned Oysters Using Different Recipes

As you can see, there are several ways of cooking canned oysters. In the recipes above, you can use the following cooking techniques:

  • Baking
  • Frying
  • Boiling/ Simmering

Indeed, you can create the following recipes with canned oysters:

  • Stews/ soups
  • Stuffing
  • Pasta sauces
  • Casserole
  • Spreads/ dips

While fresh oysters are always recommended in recipes, you can use canned oysters as substitutes and create delicious dishes that will satisfy you. Consider the recipes above and try them out – you will discover that there are lots of ways to cook canned oysters and enjoy this exotic food.

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Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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