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Chef John's Scalloped Oysters

Chef John

"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


  • Calories:
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 469 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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.

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  1. 35 Ratings

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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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Disappointing. I was expecting something really special, but this was a letdown. It wasn't "decadent" nor rich, despite the butter and cream. It didn't have any special flavor. I followed the r...

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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...

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

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...

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...

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 ...

I just made a small portion of this dish since I am trying new recipes for Thanksgiving this year and all I can say is, this dish will be on my menu! Its that good!! Thank you for the recipe!

Great recipe, everyone loved it and none left over! Mixed the oyster juice with cream and seasonings which I poured a little layering the casserole and then over the top. Also, added a 1/2 tsp...