You know what is pretty damn good? Smoked oysters. The plump, succulent meat with a hint of smokiness is like a party in the mouth. If lobster is the king of seafood, oyster is almost literally a knight in shining armor.
Muchas gracias to whoever first came up with the idea of canned smoked oysters because it’s really hard to get hold of fresh oysters all year round where I live, that too at a reasonable price.
And yes, canned smoked oysters are just as healthy when consumed in moderation. As an enthusiast, I like to try different brands and after a few hits and many misses, I have found 7 canned smoked oyster brands I can blindly count on.
Reviews of My 7 Favorite Canned Smoked Oyster Brands
Let’s take a look at what they are:
7. MW Polar Fancy Whole Smoked Oysters
Add the schmancy to your fancy weeknight dinner with these delectable and affordable smoked oysters. I randomly found this brand at my local supermarket and got immediately on these babies. The naturally wood-smoked oysters are about the size of a nickel.
They are tasty and make for a great, healthy snacking option when you are trying to cut down calories and upping your protein intake. I have added them to my seafood salad and my family loved it. On the downside, the brand does struggle with quality inconsistency.
Some of the batches were totally not up to the mark. The meat inside had a weak, watery flavor. Also, I would suggest consuming these oysters in moderation if you are watching your waistline as they are packed in cottonseed oil which is high in saturated fat. On the upside, it’s also a great source of polyunsaturated fats like linoleic acid which helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
6. Bumble Bee Premium Select Smoked Oysters
Enjoy the oceany goodness of fresh oysters even in months with no “R” with these canned smoked shellfishes. I bought these to make oyster stew and boy! That was a good stew. One can typically consist of about 48 moderate-sized oysters.
The taste is premium for the price which makes me go back to it time and again. Another aspect I really like is the packaging. The can is full to the brim which leaves very little room for oil.
Like most budget brands, they use cottonseed oil which is a type of vegetable which won’t mess with your diet since you will likely drain all of it. The only real negative worth noting is that they are way saltier than standard canned oysters.
5. Roland Foods Premium Smoked Petite Oysters
These have long been my go-to whenever I fancy some restaurant-style hors d’oeuvre but don’t feel like cooking. I have bought these on several occasions and received superior quality oysters every single time which explains the steep pricing.
Even though the description says “petite”, they are, in reality, medium-sized, making them a great value for money. If you are fond of smoky flavor just as much as I am, this brand won’t disappoint you.
The smoky flavor of cherrywood really sings in these oysters. I love the fact that they come without shells. They taste delicious on crackers – perfect picnics and road trips.
4. Reese Medium Smoked Oysters
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this brand. While some might feel that the smokiness is too overpowering, it’s perfect for me. The medium oysters are a perfect bite-sized snack to satiate my sudden oyster cravings.
The meat is soft, plump, and savory – I love it, especially on a seafood salad. But, lately, I have been noticing inconsistency in the quality. In my last purchase, 2 out of 10 packets weren’t up to Reese’s standard. The meat texture was rubbery and it tasted like nothing.
3. Geisha Fancy Smoked Oysters in Cottonseed Oil
This brand has been around since I was a kid. My father, who is just as passionate about all things ocean-y as I am, is very fond of Geisha. The shucked oyster is packed with briny, umami flavor with a hint of sweetness.
The texture is fairly smooth which is indicative of its freshness. The size of the oysters are fairly uniform as well. Thanks to the low price and decent quantity, they make for an incredible party snack. I can gorge on these oysters with a dash of hot sauce any time of the day like it’s nobody’s business.
2. Ekone Farm-Raised Original Smoked Oysters
Grown and harvested in Willapa Bay on the coast of Washington State, these smoked oysters are some serious gourmet stuff. The tins are so tightly packed that there is very little room left for oil. It scores extra points for using only a small amount of sunflower oil to keep the meat fresh and plump instead of drowning the good stuff in cottonseed oil.
The oysters are large, fresh, firm, and taste delicious with a squeeze of lemon and some pepper. If you are a fan of smoked seafood, you won’t be disappointed. They are quite expensive, though. But I’m always okay with paying serious money for such high-quality stuff.
1. Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters in Pure Olive Oil
It’s the ultimate crowd-pleaser and a sumptuous snacking option for the health-conscious. Smoked to perfection and preserved in olive oil – these are the best canned smoked oysters I’ve discovered so far.
Both the flavor and texture are spot-on and the size is consistent which is hardly what I can say for most canned oysters. Once you start snacking on these tiny pearls of savory goodness, there’s no going back. The price is quite high for the quantity, so I buy it only for special occasions and it’s absolutely worth it.
If there’s one thing you will always find in my fridge, it’s canned smoked oysters. They taste fantastic, last for days, and let you enjoy the taste of the ocean anytime, anywhere – what’s not to love? Plus, they are already shucked which makes them a convenient snacking option for my backpacking trips. If you haven’t tried these delicacies before, you definitely should.