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Chef John's Scalloped Oysters

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Some recipes you only make once a year because they're just so-so. Other recipes, like this dish of scalloped oysters, you only make once a year because they're too good."
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1 h servings 334 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Combine saltine crackers and butter in a bowl; stir until all crumbs are saturated with butter.
  3. Spread 1/3 of the saltines mixture on the bottom of a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Pour half of the oysters with their liquor over the saltines mixture. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Repeat with next 1/3 of saltines and remaining oysters. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and Italian parsley.
  4. Sprinkle remaining saltines mixture over the oysters. Drizzle cream slowly and evenly over the top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Scalloped oysters are actually better warm than piping hot, which is another reason they are such a great choice for large family gatherings.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 334 calories; 24 g fat; 18.1 g carbohydrates; 11.3 g protein; 125 mg cholesterol; 469 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This recipe is so similar to mine - I don't think I've ever measured...I do add worcestershire sauce to each layer. This was a family tradition at my house for Thanksgiving. I like it with a S...

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Yuk!! This recipe was a waste of good oysters.I followed it exactly, and used oysters fresh from the water. Nobody in my family would eat it, and we are oyster lovers! I think perhaps this recip...

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This recipe is so similar to mine - I don't think I've ever measured...I do add worcestershire sauce to each layer. This was a family tradition at my house for Thanksgiving. I like it with a S...

This was really the best scalloped oysters I have ever eaten. I made it for Thanksgiving dinner with the family and made it the following week for my husband and I. No changes were made.

Pretty much the same as the one I make(I'm not very good at measuring), but it never occurred to me to use parsley and I liked the dash of color. I've been addicted to these since I was a little...

Great recipe. I layered the oysters with chopped cooked bacon, onions, parm. Cheese, and used dash of old bay on each layer..Cook in cast iron. Skillet..makes it crispy...

I just tried this recipe out of curiosity (and the video looks so good). I don't even like oysters, except for the canned smoked oysters, but I really liked this recipe. Although, I found that i...

Easy to make after I watched the video. Disappeared quickly at a potluck. Agree you must use quality oysters of course!

Just like our traditional family recipe, with the addition of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of Tabasco. instead of the red pepper…probably just the same taste. Very delicious. There are ne...

This is very similar to my Grandparents' traditional recipe. I use a quart of oysters and about 4 cups crushed oyster crackers. I layers the crackers, oysters and pats of butter in a 3 quart cas...

OMG!!!!!! It is wonderfully good for such easy preparation. One of my guests didn't like oysters, but tried it and then went in for a second helping. I just wonder what sides would be good to ...