Make our smoked oyster dip recipe when you’re wanting a quick and easy appetizer dip. This flavorful smoked oyster spread is perfect for when you want to serve a seafood dip that pairs with white wine.

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Smoked Oyster Dip Recipe

This is one of our favorite seafood appetizers to serve at parties and Holidays. This smoked oyster dip recipe is especially perfect for New Years and paired with Champagne or bubbly wine! But beyond the holidays, this dip is fantastic anytime of year. It’s also great for brunch when served with vegetables and light cheeses. Best of all, the health benefits of smoked oysters are amazing.

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Video: Recipe for Smoked Oyster Dip

Favorite Tinned Smoked Oysters

With so many different brands out there for canned smoked oysters, it’s hard to choose. But we love the ones with great flavor and at a good price point. Here’s 3 great smoked oysters in a can for this smoked oyster spread dip:

Tips on How to Make Smoked Oyster Dip

  • Chopped fresh herbs: if you can get your hands on some fresh parsley and fresh dill, this will make the dip extra amazing.
  • Fresh lemon juice and zest: we love adding extra lemon zest and juice. The bright flavors really balance out this smoked oyster spread nicely.
  • More texture: capers, chopped olives or minced onion add extra flavor and texture.
  • Hot sauce: this is totally optional, but adding some hot spice is an amazing addition.
  • Add any extra ingredients that you like to customize your smoked oyster dip. That’s what makes this dip so great.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
smoked oyster dip tray

Smoked Oyster Dip

The safe ratio for this dip is to use just one can of smoked oysters. But we're flavor-obsessed and tested it with 2 cans, which is definitely more satisfying for us. But you can start with one can and if you feel that you want more flavor, add a second can.
We also love it with a little spice in the dip. You can use either the ground chipotle or cayenne. Or go zingy with the spice & put them both in, which is what we often when making the smoked oyster dip for ourselves.
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  • 3.75 oz. (106 g) canned smoked oysters , drained (or more to taste)
  • 8 oz. (227 g) cream cheese , softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) mayonnaise (optional for a creamier dip)
  • Zest of 1 medium Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground chipotle , or to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) cayenne , or to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt , or to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) capers or chopped green pitted olives
  • Crackers or cut veggies for serving
  • Slices of lemon for serving


  • In bowl combine smoked oysters, cream cheese, optional mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, smoked paprika, dill, chipotle &/or cayenne, salt, and pepper).
    Cream cheese, herbs, and spices in a bowl
  • Using the the back of a spoon, smash & stir the oysters into the cream cheese mixture until everything is combined evenly.
  • Gently stir in the capers or olives. Transfer to a serving dish. Chill until ready to serve.
    Smoked oyster dip being stirred to smash oysters
  • Tip with slices of lemon and serve with crackers or cup vegetables.
    Smoked oyster dip on a tray with lemon slices and crackers


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 274mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 566IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

Make Ahead Party Dip

This is the perfect dip to make ahead of time. You can make this dip about 3 days before serving. The day that you plan on serving this take it out of the fridge for at least 3 hours. This will ensure that the dip is soft and spreadable. Serve the dip with your favorite crackers, bread, chips or cut vegetables.

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