- large sourdough boule 1
- Butter 1/2 cup + extra • 717 kcal
- medium yellow onion, chopped 1
- celery, chopped 4 stalks
- shallots, minced 2
- freshly chopped sage 1 tbsp
- fresh thyme leaves 2 tsp
- Fresh rosemary, chopped 2 tsp
- fresh parsley, chopped 1 tbsp + extra
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- fresh oysters, roughly chopped, in their liquor 1 8-ounce container
- sausage, casings removed 1 pound
- Chicken broth 1 1/2 cups
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without stuffing. There are endless recipes for homemade stuffing but one of our favorites has to be oyster stuffing. Made with salty, savory oysters, sausage, fresh herbs, and hearty bread, oyster stuffing tastes amazing with turkey, so it's perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
This traditional recipe was brought over from Britain by the colonists who came to America, and to this day, it's a popular recipe throughout New England. Oyster stuffing is super easy to make and is so delicious, your guests are sure to come back for seconds!
Tips for the Best Oyster Stuffing
For extra crunch, you can add saltines or other crackers to your oyster stuffing.
Fresh always tastes best, but if you can't get fresh oysters, canned or smoked oysters are an excellent substitute.
While a sourdough boule is a tried and true favorite for this stuffing recipe, cornbread, white bread, baguettes, and brioche are all delicious alternatives you can use to make your oyster stuffing.
Give your oyster stuffing a kick with a dash of cayenne pepper or chili flakes.
Bacon adds loads of flavor to any dish. Some bacon or pancetta will take your stuffing to the next level.
For a shortcut, place bread on a baking sheet and bake at 200ºC for 20 minutes instead of leaving it to dry overnight.
How to Store Oyster Stuffing
Wrap leftover stuffing in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Can I Freeze Oyster Stuffing?
Absolutely! Oyster stuffing can be assembled and frozen before cooking for up to 3 weeks. Cooked oyster stuffing will last up to 3 months when frozen.
How to Make Oyster Stuffing
Cube the bread and leave it overnight to dry out.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a baking dish with butter. Melt butter in a large skillet. Add in onion, celery, and shallots.
Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, or until they become soft.
Add in the fresh herbs and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.
Season with salt and pepper, then stir in parsley, bread, and oysters, and the oyster liquor. Set aside.
In the same skillet, cook the sausage meat for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
Stir the sausage into the bread mixture. Remove excess fat from the skillet, then deglaze with broth. Pour the broth over the bread mixture.
Put the bread mixture into the baking dish.
Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, garnish with parsley, and serve.
Use low-sodium chicken broth for a less salty dish.