Smoked Oyster Appetizers


Want a really easy appetizer that will be a sure hit at your next gathering? One that people will keep grabbing “just one more” of…repeatedly? These killer appetizers come with a rule and a guarantee. Pop the whole thing in your mouth is the rule. One-hundred percent (100%) satisfaction is the guarantee. How can something so …perhaps a little funny looking…taste so amazing? Hey, all I know is it works and it works astonishingly well. The inclusion of smoked sea salt is certainly an important factor in these… one that people won’t quite be able to put their finger on but will find the alluring flavor sensual and addicting. If you’ve never had smoked oysters or think you don’t even like oysters, don’t be afraid. I implore you to try these. I’m confident you’ll become a huge fan. The combination of flavors here makes the whole experience pretty hard not to love. You’ll see what I mean.


Smoked Oyster Appetizers

1 tube Ritz crackers

8 oz. cream cheese

black pepper

red onion — very thinly sliced (so you can see through them)

1 ripe avocado — very thinly sliced

1 can smoked oysters — well drained and drizzled with

lemon juice and

coarse smoked salt


Layer all ingredients in order, ending with the salt. Make lots, because they will disappear fast.

I cut the cream cheese into 1/3 inch slices and then spread evenly onto the crackers. An 8 oz. package will be more than enough for one can of oysters, one avocado and one tube of crackers.

The red onion should be sliced so thinly that you can see through it, and don’t be afraid to be generous with it; they other flavors keep it very mild tasting.

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and halve again lengthwise. Then slice it crosswise into 1/8 inch slices.

Open the can of oysters, drain them on paper towel to remove as much oil as possible. They can then be drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with the smoked salt before placing onto the crackers.

(Recipe adapted from Scarlet on the food message board forum)

18 thoughts on “Smoked Oyster Appetizers

  1. Hi Julie,
    Welcome back. Hope you took some great photos (to share??). I love simple recipes and it’s long since I made an appetizer, except for the soups I always make. Smoked ingredients always have as special and unique taste and smell. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!!! Liz

    1. Oh good… thanks! Yes, they are so easy to throw together and a real crowd pleaser. They go really fast though so plan accordingly! 😉 The whole combination of flavors here is incredible together. We just love them.

  2. I adore oysters but not a fan of smoked oysters, must try it again to be fair. We ordered an oyster appetizer recently in DC and it was full of sand, gross! They redeemed themselves but its not a nice experience at all.

    1. I’ve had a similar experience with mussels. It was not good. I vowed never to eat them again but my husband loves them so of course I always find myself digging in right along with him! If you’re not crazy about smoked (anything) you may not like these, but if you are, these would be a great example of how they can be great with the right combination of flavors. Did that make sense?

      1. The strange thing is that I adore smoked, but it’s just something of the canned version that doesn’t hit my mouth very well (as I recall, but it was eons ago, it gave me an iodine after taste). But your last sentence certainly does make sense and I’ll have to give it a go again.

  3. It’s been ages since I’ve had a smoked oyster and these appetizers you’ve created sound delicious.If they’re as good as I think they are, I’d have a devil of a time getting them onto a serving platter. I had better enlist help to keep me honest. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

    1. You nailed that one right on the head, John! That is exactly my problem every time I make these. I need to keep making more to make up for the ones I ate myself! Like I said, they’re sort of addicting! 🙂

  4. Just when I thought I loved you, you post something with fish in it.


    Just kidding. My Husband would like something like this, but there is no way I’m making it for him, lol.

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