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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Elizabeth’s Oyster Dressing

This dish is easy to over-cook and dry out so keep an eye on it.  Elizabeth’s oyster dressing is simple to make and provides a rich oyster flavor.

Servings: 12
Cook Time: Prep Time: 30 minutes; Total Time: 1 hour
Meal Type: Side Dish
NC Ingredients: Oysters

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cup of chopped onion
to 2 chopped garlic cloves
stick butter melted
sleeves of saltines
teaspoon sage
teaspoon pepper
½ cups of cream or ½ and ½
pt. container of oysters


In a pan lightly coated with cooking spray or olive oil, sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.

Crumble/crush crackers in a zip lock bag and pour into a bowl. Add sage, pepper, onion and garlic to the crackers and stir to combine. Put a shallow layer in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Drain oysters except retain ¼ cup of liquid. Add a layer of oysters to the casserole.

Then cover with remaining cracker mixture.

Pour melted butter over the mixture and then add the ¼ cup of oyster liquid.

Add cream to the casserole to moisten and fill until the liquid reaching about ½ inch from the top of the crackers.

Bake on 350 for 30 minutes or until the edges of the oysters curl. It’s easy to over-cook this and dry it out.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.