Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing: A Smoky Flavorful Delight!

Are you bored with the same old stuffing recipe that you serve every year? Well, it’s time to switch things up with this unique and mouthwatering Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing Recipe. Trust me – this recipe will make your holiday dinner unforgettable.

As an assistant BBQ chef, I have cooked countless stuffing recipes, but this one stands out from the rest. The smoked oysters and wild rice add an unexpected flavor and texture to the dish, while the black pepper and dried herbs give it just the right amount of seasoning.

Plus, this recipe is perfect for a crowd as it yields four cups of stuffing. Whether you’re cooking for Thanksgiving or Christmas, your guests will all be asking for seconds (and even thirds!).

So why stick to a boring stuffing recipe when you can elevate your holiday meal with something unique and delicious? Follow along for the ingredient list and recipe how-to.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing
Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing

There are numerous reasons to fall in love with this smoked oyster and rice stuffing recipe. Not only is it delicious, healthy and easy to follow, but it also incorporates one of my personal favorite ingredients – smoked oysters!

If you’re a seafood lover, then you’ll know that oysters are one of the most incredibly versatile ingredients. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and their briny, salty flavor makes them a perfect match for a wide range of dishes. In this recipe, we’re taking it up a notch by smoking the oysters over some quality wood chips to do them justice.

The combination of oysters with rice makes for a protein-packed and satisfying stuffing recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. The rice grains interlock with the soft and smoky oysters beautifully while also providing some textural bite when you take a bite.

But perhaps my favorite thing about this recipe is how easily customizable it is. Have some leftover cornbread stuffing? Toss it in! Have some Italian loaf bread hanging in your kitchen’s counter? Use that instead! Have wild rice instead of long-grain white rice? It works just as well! You can alter it according to your personal taste preferences or what’s readily accessible in your pantry. This noodle dish won’t tie you down to rigid rules or boxes, allowing you to experiment with its elements.

Whether you’re looking to make this dish as a side serving for roasted turkey or pan-seared chicken breasts, this smoked oyster and rice stuffing will leave everyone satisfied and impressed. So go ahead, try out the recipe now, and see why everyone should fall in love with it!

Ingredient List

 The perfect blend of smoky and savory flavors in every bite!
The perfect blend of smoky and savory flavors in every bite!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this savory Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing recipe:

Main Ingredients:

  • 4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 (3.75 oz) cans smoked oysters, drained and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped leeks (white part only)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and chopped


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried chervil
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Lotus Leaf Recipe:

If you prefer to use lotus leaf instead of traditional stuffing, you’ll also need:
– 12 lotus leaves, soaked in cold water for at least one hour until pliable.

For a slightly different, yet still delicious alternative to the traditional recipe, consider trying these substitutions and variations.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to impress your guests with this unique stuffing recipe.
Get ready to impress your guests with this unique stuffing recipe.

Now comes the exciting part where I teach you how to make this delectable Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing Recipe. Buckle up, and let’s get started.


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 cup minced leeks (white portion only)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried chervil
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted**
  • 13 smoked oysters, packed in oil, drained and diced
  • Fresh spinach leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat your smoker to 230°F with fruitwood (apple or cherry) for flavor.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Add the rice and cook until just barely tender but still firm in the center (al dente), about 7 minutes.
  4. Drain, rinse with cold water or spread on a sheet pan to cool, and set aside.
  5. In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the canola oil.
  6. Add the onion, celery, and leeks and sauté for 10 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and softened.
  7. Add the garlic, thyme, chervil, basil, salt, and pepper; sauté for about 1 minute
  8. Add the partially cooked rice to the skillet with the onion mixture.
  9. Stir until well-blended and heated through.
  10. Gently fold in diced smoked oysters into the mixture when almost done cooking at around 175°F internal temperature before taking it out from smoker.
  11. Garnish with fresh spinach leaves.

Enjoy this delicious recipe with your friends and family!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some coastal flair to your holiday table with smoked oyster and rice stuffing!
Add some coastal flair to your holiday table with smoked oyster and rice stuffing!

In cooking, we can always tailor a recipe to our liking or choose an alternative ingredient depending on what’s available in your pantry or local market. If you’re not a fan of smoked oysters, or if they’re unavailable in your area, you can still prepare this dish with some alterations.

Firstly, you can use fresh oysters instead of canned or smoked oysters. However, if fresh oysters are not available, you may opt to use raw oysters and cook them together with the rice. Another option is to substitute the oyster with other seafood such as shrimp, scallops or clams. Or even switch it up and try a meat version of the stuffing by adding some cooked sausage or pancetta.

For those who prefer a more vegetable-heavy recipe, you can add some bell pepper, celery root, chopped carrots or corn into the stuffing mix for added flavor and texture. Or throw in some sauteed mushrooms for an umami flavor that complements the rich taste of wild rice.

Furthermore, if you want to make the recipe healthier or have particular dietary restrictions, consider adjusting the recipe accordingly. You can substitute long-grain white rice with brown rice or quinoa for a more nutritious option. Use reduced-sodium chicken broth and omit any additional salt to cut down on sodium levels. Additionally, if you’re gluten-intolerant or prefer a gluten-free diet, replace cornbread stuffing with gluten-free bread crumbs.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment with different flavors and textures – try wrapping the rice stuffing in lotus leaves instead of baking it in a dish. This will give your dish a unique flavor and appearance that will surely impress your friends and family!

Remember that cooking is ultimately about having fun in the kitchen and making something delicious that suits your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to explore outside of the box!

Serving and Pairing

 A beautiful golden brown crust and a tender, flavorful center - this stuffing has it all!
A beautiful golden brown crust and a tender, flavorful center – this stuffing has it all!

Once you have made the Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing and the aroma has filled your kitchen, you’ll want to dig in right away. But before you do, let me suggest some pairing options that will elevate this dish even further.

This stuffing pairs perfectly with turkey or chicken, but don’t be afraid to try it with other meats such as ham or duck. The smokiness of the oysters adds a nice depth of flavor that complements the richness of these meats.

For sides, I recommend something fresh and light to balance out the earthy flavors of the stuffing. A simple salad with fresh spinach leaves or roasted vegetables like garlic and bell peppers would be a great accompaniment. You could also pair this stuffing with some crusty bread to sop up all the delicious juices.

And when it comes to drinks, a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or an oak-aged Chardonnay would be perfect. If you prefer a cocktail, a whiskey sour or a smoky mezcal-based drink would go well with the smoky flavors of the dish.

Enjoy this delightful dish and pair it with your favorite sides and drinks for a satisfying meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Oysters, rice, and veggies - the ultimate trifecta of flavor and texture.
Oysters, rice, and veggies – the ultimate trifecta of flavor and texture.

When preparing this smoked oyster rice stuffing recipe, it’s important to keep in mind that while it is ideal to serve it fresh from the smoker or grill, it is also possible to prepare it ahead of time and store it for later.

If you’re looking to save some time on the day of your barbecue, you can easily make the rice stuffing a day or two in advance. Simply prepare the recipe as directed, and then transfer it to an airtight container. Store the container in your refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.

When it comes time to reheat your smoked oyster rice stuffing, you can do so either in the oven or on the grill. If using the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and transfer the stuffing to a baking dish. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through.

Alternatively, if using the grill, you can place the rice stuffing directly on aluminum foil and heat on indirect medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Just be sure to keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t burn.

In terms of storing leftover smoked oyster rice stuffing, be sure to keep it in an airtight container in your refrigerator. It will keep well for up to three days. If you need to store it for longer than that, I recommend freezing it instead. To do so, transfer the stuffing to a freezer-safe container and store for up to three months.

One important thing to note is that when reheating leftovers, do not reheat them more than once. Reheating food multiple times can increase the risk of foodborne illness. Instead, only reheat what you plan on eating right away and save the rest for another time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 No more boring, soggy stuffing - this one is packed with delicious ingredients!
No more boring, soggy stuffing – this one is packed with delicious ingredients!

When it comes to making a smoked oyster and rice stuffing recipe, there are a few key things to keep in mind that can help ensure you achieve perfect results every time. Here are some tips I’ve learned from my experience making this dish:

First, be sure to use long-grain white rice for the best texture. Avoid using short-grain rice or sticky rice, as they will create a denser and stickier stuffing that may not be as pleasant to eat.

Secondly, when preparing the smoked oysters for the recipe, try to select those that are plump and juicy-looking. Canned oysters can be good, but fresh oysters have a better flavor and texture. Rinse and drain the oysters before adding them to the stuffing mixture.

Thirdly, it’s important to rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking it. This will help remove excess starch and prevent the rice from becoming too gummy when cooked. Use cold water and swish the rice around until the water runs clear.

Fourthly, pay attention to the cooking time of your rice. Overcooked rice can turn mushy and ruin your stuffing. Follow the instructions on your rice package or cook it until it’s tender but still slightly firm. If your stuffing seems too dry, splash some chicken broth over it while it’s cooking.

Fifthly, another essential component of this stuffing recipe is the herbs and vegetables that go into it. Make sure you get fresh celery stalks, spinach leaves, leeks, onion, garlic, chervil, and thyme for maximum flavor. Finely chop them and sauté them in canola oil until they’re softened.

Finally, take note of your seasoning proportions carefully since overseasoning could overpower your meal. Sprinkle salt and black pepper sparingly over the mixture while preparing it for adequate seasoning.

By following these tips diligently when preparing this recipe, you’ll end up with a perfectly cooked dish that is bursting with flavor and satisfying nourishment for all palates!


Now that we’ve covered the recipe how-to, substitutions and variations, serving and pairing suggestions, make-ahead, storing and reheating tips, as well as tips for perfect results for this Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing Recipe, let’s move on to some frequently asked questions about this dish. With these FAQs answered, you’ll be able to confidently prepare this savory and flavorful dish for any gathering or occasion.

What can you do with smoked canned oysters?

When it comes to cooking with seafood, don’t be afraid to get creative with smoked oysters. These delicious morsels can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to dips and appetizers. In fact, why not try substituting smoked oysters for regular oysters in some of your favorite recipes? With their bold flavor and meaty texture, smoked oysters can add a unique twist to any dish. So the next time you’re in the mood for some seafood, give smoked oysters a try and see what delicious concoctions you can come up with.

What pairs well with smoked oysters?

Looking for a mouth-watering appetizer that pairs perfectly with your favorite bubbly beverage? Look no further than a delicious smoked oyster dip! This delectable dish features the rich, smoky flavors of oysters that are perfectly complemented by the crispness of Proseco, Cava, or Champagne. And with just one can of oysters, you can create a flavorful dip that’s sure to impress anyone who tries it. Simply serve with your favorite crackers and veggie crudite and prepare to be amazed!

Do you need to cook canned smoked oysters?

Did you know that canned oysters come in either fresh or smoked varieties and are fully cooked and safe to eat straight from the can? This makes them a convenient and delicious ingredient to use in recipes without having to worry about additional cooking or preparation.

Are smoked oysters unhealthy?

Smoked oysters are a nutritious and delicious dish that can provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, zinc, copper, and selenium. Moreover, they are a low-calorie and low-carb option that requires minimal cooking time. So, if you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful food that is easy to prepare, smoked oysters are definitely worth considering.

Bottom Line

So, there you have it: my secret recipe for Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing. Whether it’s the perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving turkey or a flavorful side dish for a summertime BBQ, you won’t regret making this dish a staple in your cooking repertoire.

I hope these detailed instructions and tips have been helpful, and that you’re excited to try this recipe out for yourself. With its unique mix of savory spices and tender smoked oysters, this stuffing is sure to please all of your taste buds.

Whether you’re an experienced chef or just starting out in the kitchen, I encourage you to get creative with this recipe. Try adding different kinds of sausage or experimenting with different types of rice – the possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Gather up your ingredients, don your apron, and get ready to wow your family and friends with this delicious Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing recipe. Happy cooking!

Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing

Smoked Oyster & Rice Stuffing Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Calories 200.2 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted
  • 1/3 cup whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried chervil or 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 leeks, white & light green parts,washed and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and torn into small pieces
  • 7 1/2 ounces smoked oysters, drained and sliced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°F degrees.
  • Place rice in a 9-by-13-inch casserole.
  • In a saucepan, combine chicken broth, whiskey, basil and chervil (or thyme).
  • Bring to a boil and pour over rice.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add leeks, onion and celery.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  • Add spinach and oysters; cook, stirring, until spinach is just wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir into rice.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • (Keep warm, covered, in a 250°F oven for up to 1 hour. Or refrigerate for up to 2 days; reheat before serving).



Serving: 179gCalories: 200.2kcalCarbohydrates: 34.9gProtein: 6gFat: 2.3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 6.7mgSodium: 65mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 1.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Healthy, Long-Grain Rice, Low Cholesterol, Oven, Oysters, Rice, Vegetable, Weeknight, White Rice
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.