Zesty and full of flavor, gluten free ranch oyster cracker are the perfect game time or party snack! (Gluten free option, dairy free option, vegan option, vegetarian option, FODMAP friendly option, soy free, nut free, egg free)Jump to Recipe
Ranch Oyster Crackers
What happens when you bring an oyster to a party? It becomes a shell-abration! If my joke doesn't get you excited for the perfect party food, then hopefully the ingredient list will! All you need is a packet of ranch dressing mix, oyster crackers, dried dill weed, and a little bit of oil. Mix it all together, pop it into the oven for a few minutes and then you've got the perfect snack!
You only need a few simple ingredients and then the party begins! We even included some simple and easy substitutions so if you are on the FODMAP diet, vegan, or dairy free you can enjoy this recipe too! *Contains affiliate links
You are welcome to use regular oyster crackers if you are able. They can be found easily at any major retail grocery store. If you are needing gluten free oyster crackers, that can be a lot more difficult. The closest I've been able to find are online. Here are two options I found:Gluten Free Oyster Crackers Option 1 Gluten Free Oyster Crackers Option 2
I'm hoping some better options come soon for those of us with gluten allergies or intolerances! If you find some, let me know in the comments!
I also found a recipe to make your own gluten free ranch oyster crackers.
I recommend using canola oil for this recipe. It's a nice thin oil that really works the best for this recipe. In a pinch I've used olive oil, but I would stay away from coconut oil. It's just too thick.
Dried Dill Weed
You can find dried dill weed at any major grocery retailer in the spice aisle. To save money, I'll sometimes buy just the amount I need from the bulk section at the grocery or health food store.
Ranch Seasoning Packet
You will want to get a ranch seasoning packet for this recipe. Simply Organic has a ranch dressing mix, along with Hidden Valley. For a dairy free ranch seasoning packet, I've seen a few more pop up in stores but generally it's hard to find and I've had to buy them online. For making this recipe vegan or FODMAP friendly you will want to use dairy free ranch seasoning packet.Dairy Free Ranch Dressing Mix
If you are using dairy free ranch seasoning mix, you will want to use about 2 tablespoons of the dairy free mix to equal one ranch seasoning packet.
After making your mix, you can store it in an airtight container for approximately one week.
If you love this variation but want to try something new, consider making some of these fun variations!
- Spicy: Add a little heat to your ranch oyster cracker by adding ½ teaspoon cayenne or chili powder or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes to your mix.
- Taco: Use one tablespoon of taco seasoning and one tablespoon of ranch dressing to make a delicious taco ranch flavored cracker mix!
You don't have to bake the crackers but I do like the flavor better. The crackers get nice and toasted and the oil and seasoning bake onto the crackers better.
Gluten Free Ranch Oyster Crackers
- 5 cups oyster crackers
- 1 package ranch dressing mix (approximately 2 tablespoons)
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix together the ranch dressing mix, oil and dill weed. Stir to combine.
- Add in the oyster crackers, tossing to coat evenly.
- Pour the crackers onto a baking sheet and place in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes. Stir once during cooking. Remove from oven, allow crackers to cool completely before placing in an airtight container to store. Crackers will stay good up to one week.