How To Eat Smoked Oysters

Oysters are the perfect snack. 

They’re a classic dish, full of omega-3 fatty acids and a quality product.

But how do we eat smoked oysters…?

Smoked ones are just as tasty as fresh oysters and we’re going to break down how to eat them!

Have a read of the guide below and you’ll be eating the tastiest oysters in no time. 

Types Of Smoked Oysters

There are two types of smoked oysters.

Smoked At Home Oysters: are smoked and cooked by yours truly. 

Store-Bought Oysters: come in a tin or can and can be used in a variety of dishes. 

How To Smoke Your Oysters At Home

For this basic smoked oyster recipe, we recommend using a smoker. 

Step 1: Preheat the smoker to 225 F. 

Step 2: Shuck the oysters and add a marinade if desired. 

Step 3 (optional): If using a marinade, let the oysters sit for at least 30 minutes. 

Step 4: Wash the shells and place an oyster in each half shell. 

Step 5: Put the shells on the smoker and cook oysters for 1.5 hours. 

Step 6: Top your oysters with sauce or seasonings for additional flavor. Enjoy!

Store-Bought Smoked Oysters

Store-bought oysters are ready to eat and generally come in a metal tin. 

Canned oysters aren’t the slimy, briny mess that you are probably imagining. 

Instead of slurping them, you can bite into the oysters for a soft meaty taste. 

How To Eat Store-Bought Smoked Oysters 

Here are some ideas for how to use smoked oysters in other dishes. 

Check out some of the recipes below for inspiration. 

Storing Canned Oysters

One of the advantages of canned smoked oysters is that they can be stored for up to a year if kept in a cool, dry place. 

Once opened, refrigerate leftovers in a plastic container and eat within 2 days. 

You can also freeze canned oysters that are opened, for up to 3 months. 

Condiment Options

They are plenty of options for serving oysters, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. 

A popular way of serving is them is back in a shell and adding a dash of hot sauce. 

Olive oil, cream cheese, black pepper or a squeeze of lemon juice are also great for extra flavor. 

Have My Oysters Gone Off?

There are a couple of signs which will tell you if your oysters have gone off. 

Here are some indicators to look out for:

  • A bad smell
  • A change in color
  • Mould
  • Rusting, leaking or extensive damage of the can (for canned oysters)
  • An expired use-by date (for canned oysters)

If you do suspect your oysters have gone off, throw them away.

We want to avoid food poisoning at all costs!

Can I Do Anything Else With Smoked Oysters?


One of the great things about smoked oysters is that they are versatile. 

You can do almost anything with smoked oysters that you would normally do with other seafood. 

A great way to use smoked oysters is to replace your regular seafood with them. 

For Example:

You have a tasty crab dip recipe.

Swap out the crab and now you have a delicious smoked oyster dip! 

If you don’t have a smoker, you can grill your oysters in the BBQ. It’s super simple for a summer cookout.

Smoked oysters are a wonderful addition to your diet. 

They’re a quick snack, versatile, and a good source of protein. 

You can cook them at home or find them already smoked at your local store.

Have you tried smoked oysters?

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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