Oyster Cracker Munch

A few years ago during the holidays, Richard and I spent an afternoon with his friends Andrea & Travis. Travis brought out these oyster crackers that were tossed in oil, seasoned up and then baked. They were almost like a crouton but far more addicting and snack-able. I knew I had to make my own version and call it Oyster Cracker Munch.

This is the PERFECT thing to eat on its own, top on salads or soups or to mix with nuts, chocolate or whatever else for the ultimate bar snack. Even better – it’s the perfect gift when placed in a tin or mason jar to give to others and it couldn’t be cheaper or easier to make either using your Instant Pot air fryer lid or your oven.

Oyster Cracker Munch
bowl of oyster crackers
Grab a large bowl and place the oyster crackers in it.
Adding oil to cracker
Add in the following ingredients: vegetable or canola oil…
ranch dip mix
…two packets of ranch dip mix (I use this instead of ranch salad dressing mix as I feel it’s a bit less salty)…
grated Parmesan
…grated Parmesan cheese…
seasonings
…and some dried dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder and lemon pepper seasoning.
Mixing crackers by hand
With clean hands, really get in there and mix everything together from the bottom up for a minute – making sure all of the oil is absorbed by the crackers and the seasonings evenly coats them. But be gentle while doing this so as not to crush the crackers.
seasoned crackers
Once the crackers appear seasoned we’re ready to to bake!
Adding crackers to Instant Pot
Place the crackers in the Instant Pot (without the air fryer basket) and give it a brief, gentle stir.
Air fryer lid
Secure the air fryer lid. (NOTE: If you’d rather do this in the oven, see Jeffrey’s Tips in the recipe card below)
Setting air fryer time
Set the time for 20 minutes at 300° on the Air Fryer setting.
Stirring crackers
Every 5 minutes, carefully remove the lid and give the crackers a stir for even toasting (so 4 times total).
Finished crackers
When done, let cool for 30-60 minutes. Then, transfer to a bowl, gallon Ziploc bag, or tin.
Man holding crackers
Look at all them pretty, seasoned crackers!
Man eating crackers
Go on, pop one an oyster cracker in your mouth and give it a crunch!
The absolute perfect snack or topper to your favorite salad or soup (like my Broccoli Cheddar)
Yield: 10

Oyster Cracker Munch

Oyster Cracker Munch

A few years ago during the holidays, Richard and I spent an afternoon with his friends Andrea & Travis. Travis brought out these oyster crackers that were tossed in oil, seasoned up and then baked. They were almost like a crouton but far more addicting and snack-able. I knew I had to make my own version and call it Oyster Cracker Munch.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or in your Instant Pot's liner pot, use clean hands to mix all the ingredients together until the crackers fully absorb the oil and are coated with the seasonings. Really get in there and get under the cracker to toss them with everything as evenly as possible NOTE: Be gentle while mixing so as to not crush the crackers.
  2. If using an Instant Pot, place the air fryer lid on top, hit Air Fry at 300° for 20 minutes and then hit Start. Every 5 minutes, carefully remove the lid, gently stir the crackers for even toasting and place the lid back on (you'll do this 4 times).
    If using the oven, pre-heat to 250-275° place the crackers on a large foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, shaking a few times throughout. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn as all ovens vary.
  3. Allow to cool for 30-60 minutes before serving on its own, mixed with some nuts and/or M&Ms, or used to top on soups and/or salads! Store in a Ziploc gallon bag, air-tight containers, mason jars or in a tin.

Jeffrey's Tips

Feel free to make it spicier by adding in 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and/or 1/2 teaspoon Zatarain's Shrimp & Crab Boil concentrate in Step 1.

Perfect for home bars, coffee tables and entertaining, this is a GREAT and ECONOMICAL gift to give away for the holidays. Simply pop it in mason jars or re-use a cookie tin, slap a bow on it and presto! Give the gift of munch.

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Comments

  1. Jean Moulton

    I love making this, but I tried using Orville Reddingbocker’s popcorn butter/popping oil. Takes it to a whole new level!

  2. Mar Kohl

    You will find there are several versions of this. I’ve been making what I call “Cracker Salad” at least 20 years. I use HVR salad dressing mix, not dip mix, and the usual seasonings. I mix Cheez-its, pretzels, bugles, jar of peanuts, oyster crackers (only Sunshine, not store brand).

  3. MaryAnn Aquilino

    Saw this yesterday, made it today. I’m not a big ranch fan (tho I will try the recipe as written, I bought the ranch dip already) so I used Zesty Basil, Thyme, and Lemon Zest seasoning by Tasty, added in the garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, did them in the oven, and OMG they are so good! You’re right, they’re very addicting. One bags worth of oyster crackers will be gone very quickly today, lol. Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. Dianne

    What air fryer lid do you recommend? I have an 8 qt IP So many choices on Amazon, not sure what will really fit.

  5. christina m gaffney

    oh yes, ive been doing these and small bagel bites for years for my children so many varieties, i also do a cinnamon brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, jalapeno cheddar, endless BUT always in my oven game changer with IP thanks for sharing this is ideal for just the 2 of us now.
    Please keep sharing, love your inspiration
    christina

  6. Suzanne McGuire

    Been making these for years to go with my chili but never baked them, just kept them in the fridge so they didn’t go rancid. Will try the bake method as I don’t have a air fryer lid but will have an air fryer in my oven. Never thought to add lemon pepper or dill weed. Great way to use up all that dill weed I picked up by mistake.

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