Scalloped Oysters Recipe

Scalloped oysters are fantastic served as a special side dish, first course, or appetizer with crackers.  For many families in some regions of the United States, this dish is a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition that is made every year.  This classic oyster dish is a snap to prepare, plus it is so delicious.

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Scalloped Oysters


Scalloped Oysters Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Scalloped Oysters Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon shallots, chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs*
  • 2/3 cup Saltine cracker crumbs**
  • 1 pint fresh oysters, shucked and left in their liquor***
  • 1/4 cup pinto gris wine (may substitute any dry white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons half & half cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce or similar hot sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 sprigs parsley (for garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. In a medium frying pan, melt butter.  Add shallots and saute until golden brown; set aside.

  3. Add bread and cracker crumbs to frying pan, stirring until just moistened with butter; remove from heat.  Spread half the buttered crumbs over the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish or 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish.  NOTE: Can also be baked in individual ramekins.

  4. Pick oysters free of any shells.

  5. Drain oysters, reserving liquor.  Measure 2 tablespoons oyster liquor in a heavy, small saucepan.  Stir in pinot gris wine, half and half cream, Dijon mustard, and Tabasco sauce.  Add reserved shallots.  Over medium heat, bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and cook gently, stirring until mixture is reduced by 1/3.

  6. Arrange oysters in a single layer over the crumbs in the baking dish.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Evenly pour the wine sauce over the oysters; cover with remaining buttered crumbs.  Never allow more than two layers of oysters for Scalloped Oysters; if three layers are used, the middle layer will be underdone, while others are properly cooked.

  7. Bake approximately 15 to 25 minutes until oysters turn opaque throughout and crumbs are a golden brown. Depending on the size of your oysters, cooking time can vary.

  8. Remove from oven.  Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve immediately. 

  9. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

* Check out Making Homemade Bread Crumbs.

** Make your own cracker crumbs by crushing saltines in a zippered plastic bag using your hands or a rolling pin, but don't pulverize them into dust.

*** Choose fresh, briny oysters that are small or medium in size.


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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Scalloped Oysters Recipe”

  1. Sallyy

    Delicious seasoned and flavored…I keep it on the light side to keep the delicate fresh quality of the oysters. I used shucked oysters from the Wellesley Cast Marden retail store.


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