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Seasoned Oyster Crackers

These ranch seasoned oyster crackers are the perfect snack! You’ll be eating these crunchy little crackers coated in zippy dill and garlic by the handful! Plus they can be made in the oven or slow cooker at your convenience.

Close up shot of hundreds of ranch oyster crackers

Ranch Oyster Crackers

This recipe for seasoned oyster crackers has been a snack staple in my family for years.

These toasty ranch oyster crackers are so addicting!

They make a wonderful appetizer at any party and are a favorite snack for munching on game day.

If you’re a ranch fan you definitely have to try these!

Small mason jar full of ranch oyster crackers with a teal blue green checkered cloth background

We love ranch on salads like Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad, but especially in appetizers.

It’s in Crock Pot Crack Dip and if you know how to make buffalo chicken dip it’s in there too.

This recipe has been around for decades, but I’ve found that the cracker package size has changed over the years, so I adapted the classic ranch crackers to the most current measurements.

If you don’t have oyster crackers, you can also use saltine crackers (about 2 sleeves).

Wooden spoon mixing large crock pot of ranch oyster crackers

Oyster Crackers No Oven

Did you know you can make oyster crackers in the crock pot?

They’re traditionally baked at low heat in the oven, but your slow cooker can do that too!

I especially love using my crock pot for appetizer recipes like Crock Pot Queso dip.

Ingredients for Ranch Oyster Crackers: butter, dill, garlic and ranch mix

I’ve found that the slow cooker is not necessarily faster or easier, but it does allow you free up your oven for other dishes, especially if you’re making multiple recipes for a party.

It also comes in handy in the summer when I refuse to turn on the oven and heat up the house.

So depending on your circumstances, you may prefer one method over another.

How to make seasoned oyster crackers

The original recipe calls for vegetable oil to be used in the coating.

I prefer the flavor of butter, but either one can be used.

If using butter, you’ll need to melt it before mixing with the other spices.

Melted butter with seasonings being poured over oyster crackers in a crock pot

Next, toss the seasoning with the crackers.

This can be done in a bowl, right in the crock pot, or in a zip-lock bag for easy cleanup.

At this point they can be lightly toasted in the oven, or in your slow cooker.

Allow the crackers to cool completely before serving for optimal crispness.

Packaged up in airtight containers, these oyster crackers also make great gifts!

Small white bowl full of ranch oyster crackers

We are so crazy about appetizers that sometimes we’ll make an entire dinner out of them.

I love parties (like the Super Bowl) where I can serve an assortment of small bites.

I’ve found that the key is a variety of hot and cold dishes, as well as different textures.

Try this little smokies recipe, along with these crunchy ranch oyster crackers and melty, gooey Bolitas de Queso (fried cheese balls).

No matter the occasion I hope you enjoy these crackers as well!

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Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Yield: 24 servings (3 quarts)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These ranch oyster crackers are the perfect snack! You'll be eating these crunchy little crackers coated in zippy dill and garlic by the handful! Plus they can be made in the oven or slow cooker at your convenience.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted) or vegetable oil
  • 1 packet (1 oz) dry ranch mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 18 oz oyster crackers (2 bags)


  1. Place crackers in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl combine the melted butter or oil, ranch mix, dill, garlic powder and black pepper.
  3. Pour over crackers and toss to coat.

Oven method:

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Spread seasoned crackers on 2 baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toasty and oil has been absorbed.
  2. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Slow cooker Method:

  1. Place seasoned crackers in crock pot. Cook on LOW for 1 hour. Remove lid and stir. If the crackers still look wet, continue cooking on low with the lid off, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove crackers from pot and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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I first posted this easy appetizer recipe on Amanda’s Cookin’.

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