Ranch Oyster Crackers

$4.71 recipe / $0.39 serving
by Marsha - Budget Bytes
5 from 3 votes
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If there’s something you can never have too much of it’s definitely party snacks! These buttery Ranch Oyster Crackers are coated in melted butter, and seasoned with ranch seasoning and a small amount of red pepper flakes for just a little kick. My mom actually makes a similar recipe with regular saltine crackers, but I absolutely LOVE how cute these smaller oyster crackers are, and how easy it is to share and pass around at a party. They’re perfect for family get-togethers, holiday parties and of course game days! But fair warning…you can easily get addicted to these and eat half a pan. Trust me, I know!

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What Are Ranch Oyster Crackers?

Ranch Oyster Crackers are a small party snack that’s primarily made with oyster crackers, ranch seasoning, and butter. It’s super delicious and can easily be made in under 30 minutes with just 5 ingredients. We made these in our test kitchen twice and both times they were gone in minutes! So if you want to impress your family and friends at your next event and you don’t want to spend a lot of money or time in the kitchen, then these ranch oyster crackers are sure to be a hit!

Ingredients For Ranch Oyster Crackers

5 simple ingredients are all you need to make this insanely delicious ranch oyster crackers recipe!

  • Oyster Crackers: Oyster crackers come in lots of different sizes depending on which store and brand you purchase. We used a 10 oz. bag for this recipe that we purchased at our local Aldi store.
  • Butter: If butter is a little too costly for you, you can substitute with vegetable or canola oil. We tested both methods (butter and oil) and the butter added a lot more depth of flavor. However, the oil version was still quite tasty in my opinion.
  • Ranch Seasoning: We used a store-bought ranch seasoning packet, but we also have a homemade ranch seasoning mix recipe in case you have a well-stocked pantry and want to whip up your own mix.
  • Garlic Powder & Red Pepper Flakes: Just a little bit of garlic powder and red pepper flakes rounds out the flavor of these tasty party crackers and still keeps this recipe super simple and easy to make!

Storing Leftovers

If you happen to have any ranch oyster crackers left over, and that’s a big IF, you can certainly store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

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Ranch Oyster Crackers

5 from 3 votes
Ranch Oyster Crackers are an easy and delicious snack made with just 5 ingredients. They're perfect for parties, football games, and more!
Overhead photo of ranch oyster crackers in a white serving bowl.
Servings 12 (about 1/2 cup each)
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter ($1.07)
  • 1 oz. ranch seasoning packet* ($2.19)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes ($0.05)
  • 10 oz. oyster crackers ($1.35)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Add the butter to a small bowl and melt in the microwave. Once the butter is melted add the ranch seasoning packet (or 3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning), the garlic powder, and the red pepper flakes to the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  • In a separate large bowl add the oyster crackers, then pour the butter mixture over the oyster crackers. Mix carefully with a rubber spatula until all the oyster crackers are well coated in the butter and seasoning.
  • Spread the seasoned crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and give the crackers a quick stir. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • After the oyster crackers have finished baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before transferring them to a serving bowl. Enjoy!

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Notes

*Feel free to substitute with a homemade ranch seasoning mix.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSodium: 369mgFiber: 1g
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How to Make Ranch Oyster Crackers – Step by Step Photos

Melted butter, ranch seasoning and spices in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a small bowl melt 1/2 cup of butter in the microwave. To the melted butter add a 1 oz. ranch seasoning packet (or 3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning), 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.

Melted butter mixture being poured over oyster crackers in a bowl.

In a separate large bowl add one 10 oz. bag of oyster crackers, then pour the butter mixture over the oyster crackers. Mix carefully with a rubber spatula until all the oyster crackers are well coated in the butter and seasoning.

Ranch oyster crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet prebaked.

Spread the seasoned crackers on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and give the crackers a quick stir. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Baked ranch oyster crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet.

After the oyster crackers have finished baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before transferring them to a serving bowl.

Ranch oyster crackers in a white serving bowl with a hand grabbing a few out.

Enjoy these super flavorful and buttery Ranch Oyster Crackers at your next family gathering, Super Bowl party, or any holiday event!

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  1. I just modified to melt the butter, mix ingredients, and toast the crackers all in one large cast iron pan while stirring. No sheet pan required. It works well if you keep the stove heat low and stir frequently. Took about 10 mins!

  2. Omg! Where have these crackers been all my life?! Maybe better that I did not
    discover this recipe sooner since I would be at least 25 lbs heavier.
    These crackers are addictive! It’s very hard to stop at one handful. Make these crackers only if you have a get-together, otherwise you may end up eating almost the whole batch on your own. You have been warned.

  3. I will have to try this version. I usually use lemon pepper and dill, but I am very curious about the red pepper flakes.

  4. This recipe has been around for decades–because it’s a bona fide pleaser!!! Total yumsters, they will absolutely disappear in no time. Make a double recipe!!!