Thanksgiving Tradition Oyster Dressing


This has been a Thanksgiving tradition. Try using leftovers with poached eggs for breakfast. Mmmm.

A top down view of oyster dressing in a white baking dish.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup butter

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • 12 cups fresh bread cubes

  • 1 ½ pints fresh oysters, coarsely chopped and liquor reserved

  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery with leaves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves

  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Heat butter in a Dutch oven or large heavy pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove Dutch oven from heat. Stir bread crumbs, oysters, oyster liquor, celery, salt, black pepper, thyme, and poultry seasoning into onion. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking pan; cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes; remove aluminum foil and continue baking until lightly browned, about 20 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

My method is to coarsely chop oysters: drain and reserve liquor then pulse several times in blender.

Dressing can be baked in the same oven as the turkey if making on Thanksgiving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

414 Calories
26g Fat
33g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 414
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1180mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 139mg 11%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 285mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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