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Ranch oyster crackers are a savory snack that features oyster crackers coated in a flavorful blend of ranch seasoning and spices. These crunchy crackers are perfect for snacking on their own or as a delicious addition to soups and salads.
These seasoned oyster crackers require just 6 ingredients and less than 10 minutes of active time, making them an ideal last-minute snack or appetizer.Pin this recipe for later!
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Why We Love This Recipe
Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a quick and tasty snack, seasoned oyster crackers are sure to satisfy your cravings.
I couldn’t be happier that they’re such a hit! This ranch oyster crackers recipe is:
- Quick & Easy. All you have to do is mix, shake, and bake. Your total time in the kitchen will be under 10 minutes, and they’ll be ready for snacking in just half an hour!
- Only 6 Ingredients! Most of which I’d bet you already have on hand.
- Crowd-Pleasing. Honestly, who doesn’t love the flavor of ranch?!?
- Budget-Friendly. A box of oyster crackers costs less than $3, so a big 4-cup batch will only run you a few bucks. Even if you’re on a shoestring budget, this ranch crackers recipe is for you.
As promised, you don’t need much for this ranch oyster cracker recipe. Here’s what to grab:
- Canola Oil – Feel free to use any neutral-flavored oil you prefer, including avocado, sunflower, safflower, peanut, grapeseed, or corn oil.
- Ranch Seasoning Mix – I’m brand loyal to Hidden Valley Ranch, but you can use any store-bought or homemade seasoning mix you prefer.
- Dried Dill – While there’s already dill in most ranch seasoning blends, adding a bit more really amps up the flavor.
- Garlic Powder – For a deeper savory flavor. You can also use garlic flakes and grind them yourself, or swap in dried chives instead.
- Ground Cayenne Pepper – For a touch of heat. Feel free to use any ground chili powder you prefer.
- Oyster Crackers – Any brand will work.
How To Make Ranch Oyster Crackers
This oyster cracker snack recipe comes together in a flash. Here’s how to make it:
Prep. Preheat the oven. In a small bowl, mix the canola oil and spices together until fully combined.
Shake. Place the crackers in a gallon-size resealable bag and pour on the ranch mixture. Seal, then shake to evenly coat.
Bake. Spread the crackers on a baking sheet and bake until golden, then set aside to cool. Enjoy!
I’ve heard them called Philadelphia crackers and Trenton crackers, but as a SoCal gal, they’ll always be oyster crackers to me.
Sure! You can try swapping in saltines or butter crackers like Ritz, but note that you’ll need to be very gentle with the shaking step to keep from breaking them.
NOPE! They’re made with basically the same ingredients as saltines — flour, shortening, leavening, and salt — but are thicker and bite-sized.
My kids will snack on these crackers anytime, but here are some of my favorite uses:
- As croutons for salads.
- With soups and chili.
- Next to cheese plates or Antipasto Platters.
- As a standalone snack.
Once fully cooled, place ranch crackers in an airtight bag or container and store them at room temperature for up to 10 days.
- If the oyster crackers become a bit stale in storage, you can re-crisp them in the oven at 250F for 5-7 minutes.
- Line your baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleanup. When the oysters are cooled and stored, all you need to do is toss the paper in your compost and give the sheet pan a quick rinse!
- Want to dial up the heat? Try adding a little more cayenne powder and/or crushed red pepper flakes to the mix.
More Easy Snacks
- Tropical Chex Mix
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
- Easy Muddy Buddies Recipe
- Caramel Popcorn
- Air Fryer Pasta Chips
Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 16 ounce package oyster crackers
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the canola oil, Ranch mix, dried dill, garlic powder and cayenne pepper together until fully combined.
- Place the crackers in a gallon size resealable bag and pour on the ranch mixture. Seal, then shake to coat the crackers with the mixture.
- Spread the crackers on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden, then set aside to cool.