Oyster Stuffing

Oyster stuffing. I don’t know that you’ll find a dish more unanimously found on Thanksgiving tables here on the Eastern Shore. After a quick web search, it turns out it’s common in many other parts of the country as well – but especially down south around the Gulf, and up north around New England.

It’s basically a homemade stuffing – composed of dry bread cubes, sauteed onions and herbs, chicken stock, and fresh oysters. Some people used canned or smoked oysters – but, I can’t justify using those. Ever. Ain’t nobody got time for that! The oysters plump up in the stuffing, and release their delicious briny juices – adding a ton of flavor to the stuffing, and the bread just soaks it all right up! I loved the addition of nutmeg and clove too, it really made it taste like Thanksgiving.

This was actually my first time making this dish (hey, I am a “come here” after all!) and as I mixed it up before putting it in the casserole dish, I thought it wasn’t going to be something I enjoyed…as it wasn’t much to look at. But when it came out of the oven, and the top was nice and brown – I couldn’t wait to dig in! If you’re looking for something special to add to your Thanksgiving Day table, which is a cut above the standard cornbread stuffing (or my favorite, even though I’m ashamed to admit it – Stove Top!) get yourself a pint of oysters from the seafood market and make this stuffing. Maybe it will become a tradition for your family, as it has for so many others here on the Eastern Shore and elsewhere, on Turkey Day!


  1. Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    I made oyster dressing for the first time too this weekend, and i was surprised by how much i loved it. I thought the oysters just gave it a nice briny flavor, and it was SO good!

  2. Posted November 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    Love oysters…this is one stuffing I can totally get behind!

  3. Konnie
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

    ssshhhh. don’t tell. I live in the Midwest and have been using frozen oysters in my stuffing since my first thanksgiving dinner in 1968! I’ve never told anyone. Everyone who has even tasted it raves and I just smile. tee hee

    • Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

      We freeze oysters all the time. Cover them with liquid, and they freeze great!

  4. Karen
    Posted December 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

    I would love to know if I can use pre breaded frozen oysters to make stuffing? I figure they are just oysters with bread anyway.

    • Posted January 4, 2016 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

      I think that would make it too dry, Karen. You really need a plump, juicy fresh oyster to add moisture and flavor to the stuffing.

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