Ranch Oyster Crackers (Easy Party Snack)

These Ranch Oyster Crackers are the perfect easy party snack or quick appetizer to enjoy all year long!

You know I love easy party snacks, so don’t miss my Alabama Fire Crackers and Old Bay Goldfish too!

Making Ranch Oyster Crackers

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Have you ever had oyster crackers? Similar in taste to saltine crackers, oyster crackers are a tiny, round cracker commonly served with oyster stew or clam chowder – hence the name oyster crackers. They’re a delicious little cracker snack, especially these ranch seasoned oyster crackers!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • EASY TO MAKE – Toss together the oyster crackers with the oil and seasonings, bake for just 15-20 minutes and ta-da! Done!
  • A DELICIOUS SNACK – These ranch oyster crackers are perfect for taking on the lake, beach, pool or even serving at a holiday party or added to a charcuterie board.
  • INEXPENSIVE – A budget-friendly appetizer, oyster crackers and the seasonings are super affordable!

A popular retro party snack, these ranch oyster crackers have been a staple favorite for years, especially if you want an alternative to Chex Mix. They’re a great snack that’s crunchy, savory and perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices!

I recommend doubling the recipe, a bowl of these little crackers will disappear fast!

How to Make Ranch Oyster Crackers

Making these delicious crackers is almost TOO simple! Truly, once you make them, you’ll find yourself making batch after batch for any and all occasions! Or make a double batch for a big party or game day!

  1. COMBINE: Mix together oil, ranch dressing mix (I use the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix), dill weed, garlic powder and onion powder. You can also add in lemon pepper seasoning if you like!
  2. Toss the oyster crackers in the seasoning and oil, toss to coat.
  3. Spread seasoned oyster crackers on a large baking sheet and bake at 250°F for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing halfway.

Be sure to check out the full ranch oyster cracker recipe and ingredient list below!

I’ve also made this recipe with melted butter instead of oil but I found the butter clumped a bit too much, making it hard for the seasoning to distribute evenly among the oyster crackers, so using oil is my preference here!

If you have trouble finding the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix in the individual 1 oz bags or want to make your own dry ranch dressing mix, just use 2 to 3 tablespoons of any ranch seasoning mix. That will give the perfect amount of ranch flavoring, but feel free to add more too!

I love adding these ranch oyster crackers to cheese boards or charcuterie boards, a small bowl adds the perfect crunchy addition. They’re the perfect little snacks for picnics, trips to the pool/lake/beach, road trip snacks, and any holiday season party spread! Crunchy, savory perfection! I also love to serve them with tomato soup or alongside any soup variety!

How to store leftovers:

If you HAVE leftovers of these oyster crackers (truly, these go fast), then store them in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Ranch oyster crackers are a delicious alternative to Chex Mix, popcorn or potato chips! I hope you’ll give this easy recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Tips for Making Seasoned Oyster Crackers

SPICE IT UP: You can season oyster crackers to your heart’s content with this ranch recipe or even different toppings like parmesan cheese, taco seasoning or fajita seasoning, red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (for spicy ranch oyster crackers) or even cinnamon and sugar for sweet oyster crackers.

More Simple Snacks & Appetizers:

Seasoned Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Author: Courtney
A quick and delicious snack recipe, Ranch Oyster Crackers are made with small oyster crackers and ranch seasoning. They're the perfect easy appetizer for game days or holiday parties!
4.58 from 42 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1 package ranch dressing mix ((1 oz package or 2 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning mix))
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or lemon pepper )
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 14 ounce box oyster crackers (about 7 cups)


  • Preheat oven to 250°F/120°C.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together ranch seasoning, dill-weed, garlic powder, onion powder (or lemon powder) and oil.
  • Add oyster crackers to mixing bowl and toss to coat.
  • Spread the oyster crackers evenly on foil lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes of baking.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Store ranch oyster crackers in an airtight container for up to one week.
Keyword ranch oyster crackers
Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gSodium: 584mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 2mg
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  1. When I first started making these ranch crackers, the box contained 16 oz, not 14 oz as it does now. While any dry ranch dressing mix works, the original recipe I use calls for the Hidden Valley Ranch original Buttermilk Recipe packet, which definitely effects the finished product for the better. I bake the seasoned crackers for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. No matter which seasoning packet used or how long the crackers are baked, these seasoned ranch crackers are always a winner!!!

  2. My recipe calls for using, Orville Redenbacher‘s butter flavor popcorn oil. Also put Parmesan cheese into crackers, before baking. Been making these 30 plus years. Still great snack😉

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