Smoked Oyster Dip Recipe

Smoked Oyster Dip in a bowl, served with crackers and celery sticks on a plate

The Spruce Eats / Abby Mercer

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
158 Calories
13g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This smoked oyster dip is so simple and easy to make, and great for an appetizer at a party or gathering. If you or your guests are oyster lovers, this is a perfect dip to put out on the table, but watch out as it is addicting! Simply made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic salt, tabasco sauce, capers or chopped olives, and of course, drained and chopped canned smoked oysters, the prep time for this dip is minimal, just make sure it is chilled thoroughly before serving. One of the nice things about this dip is it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days, so plan accordingly and make it up ahead of time to save yourself time on the day of your event.

For some extra color and flavor, feel free to add a few tablespoons of fresh chopped chives or parsley to the dip, along with the olives and oysters. Or, sprinkle the top of the dip with sweet paprika.

Serve this tasty smoked oyster appetizer dip with crackers, tortilla chips, pita chips, or bagel chips. You can also slice up some cucumbers to use with this dip. 


  • 1 (8-ounces) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 cup capers or 1/2 cup olives, chopped
  • 1 (9-ounces) can smoked oysters, drained and chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Smoked Oyster Dip ingredients in bowls

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  2. In a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and hot sauce. Beat until well blended.

    Cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and hot sauce mixture in a glass bowl, with a hand mixer

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  3. With a spoon or spatula, fold in the chopped capers or olives and smoked oysters.

    Smoked Oyster Dip in a glass bowl with a spatula

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  4. Cover and chill thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days until ready to serve.

    Smoked Oyster Dip in a glass bowl that's covered with plastic wrap

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  • You can quickly soften cream cheese by putting it in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds on high. Make sure to take it out of its foil wrapping first! The cream cheese should feel soft but not hot when touching the middle of the block of cream cheese with your finger.
  • Plan to chill the dip at least an hour or two before serving. The longer you let it "chill out" in the fridge the more taste will shine through.

Recipe Variations

  • Chop up some fresh chives or parsley and add a few tablespoons to the dip.
  • Sprinkle some sweet paprika on the top before serving.
  • Instead of Tabasco sauce, some prefer to use a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

How to Store

This smoked oyster dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Cover the bowl that it is in tightly with plastic wrap, or transfer over to an airtight glass container.

Note: It is best to use a glass container or bowl rather than plastic, since plastic can absorb the "fishy" smell.