Homemade Ranch Oyster Cracker Recipe
This recipe for Ranch Oyster Crackers has been one of my go-to homemade snacks for several years. Made with ranch dressing mix, these crackers are surprisingly flavorful!
Whenever I know I’ll have company over hanging out in the living room for a bit, I like to put out bowls of snacks for everyone to enjoy while we chat.
Every time these Ranch Oyster Crackers are on the coffee table, they’re the first snack to disappear.
“What’s IN these?” everyone asks, taking handful after handful. Or, “Where did you find these?”
My friends are always surprised when they learn how easy it is to make Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers at home.
Making this recipe requires nothing more than mixing a few ingredients together. Packed into snack bags for school lunches or served in bowls to munch on throughout the afternoon, these crackers make everyone happy.
I have also made a BBQ version, using the same seasoning recipe I put on my BBQ Chips. Easy and delish!
Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe
I’ve seen some recipes for similar crackers that require you to bake the crackers after tossing them with the seasonings. This recipe is for Ranch Oyster Crackers with no baking required!
You do need to plan ahead with enough time to let the crackers sit for a while before eating. Other than that, it takes just a minute or two of preparation to make these tasty snack crackers.
How to Make Ranch Oyster Crackers
To make this homemade snack, you start with a bag of oyster crackers. Any brand will do. I usually buy the generic store brand or whatever happens to be on sale.
Put two brown paper bags together, and pour the oyster crackers inside. Add a packet of powdered ranch dip mix along with dill, garlic salt and oil.
Mix everything together then let the oyster crackers sit for a couple of hours to dry out before storing in ziploc bags or an airtight container.
Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers
A few tips for making this ranch oyster cracker recipe:
- I used Hidden Valley Ranch packets to make these crackers. If you have another favorite powdered ranch dip or dressing mix, that should work just as well. Just be sure it’s a dry, powdered mix!
- Canola oil or another mild flavored vegetable oil works best; I’ve also used olive oil in this recipe and it’s turned out well. Avoid oils with pungent and strong aromas like coconut oil!
- Do not skip the drying out step! If you don’t let the crackers sit for a bit, they’ll get greasy and soggy in storage. Letting them sit in the brown paper bags for about 2 hours results in a crisp cracker lightly coated in the delicious ranch seasoning.
Most of the time, when I make these crackers we end up eating them on their own as snacks. They’re a fantastic salad topper, too. Sprinkle ranch crackers on any green salad to add a satisfying crunch and a kick of ranch flavor.
Over the years, we’ve also liked adding them to soups or tossing them in a bag with pretzels and nuts for a homemade snack mix.