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23 Mar

Smoked Bacon Oysters

Smoked Bacon OystersSmoked Bacon Oysters are crispy little morsels of pure pleasure, an addictive snack and appetizer, or a tasty breakfast side for scrambled eggs.

The flavor of bacon dominates (never a bad thing). Smoked oysters add a sweet and smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the salty bacon. The texture is also perfect: crispy bacon and a creamy melt-in-your-mouth oyster middle.

This recipe can potentially serve 4 as an appetizer, but only if you have enough willpower not to pop half of them in your own mouth right out of the oven.

Serves: 4, as a light appetizer

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes


  • 2 tins smoked oysters* (3 ounces/85 grams each)
  • 8 strips of bacon (12 ounces/340 g)

* When buying smoked oysters, look for brands packed in olive oil rather than cottonseed or other oils.


Preheat oven to 400º F (204 ºC).

Drain the oil from the oysters.

Wrap each oyster in a single layer of bacon. If some oysters are especially small, wrap up two of them together.

To wrap the oysters set an oyster on the end of a piece of bacon. Roll the strip of bacon once so it wraps the oyster in a single layer. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon around the oyster. Use scissors (the easiest way) or a knife to cut the wrapped oyster off from the remaining bacon strip. One strip of bacon will wrap about 3 oysters.

Roll Bacon

Set the wrapped oysters on a broiler pan.

(A broiler pan works better than a regular pan because the grease will drip through the holes to the pan below. In a regular pan, the grease pools around the oysters, making them greasier and less crispy. If you don’t have a broiler pan, you can bake the oysters on a cooling rack set on a rimmed sheet pan.)

Bake the oysters for about 20 minutes, until the bacon is crisp.

These bacon wrapped oysters taste best right out of the oven, but are still tasty at room temperature.

Smoked Bacon Oysters

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  1. Never been a huge fan of oysters, however if the flavor of bacon “dominates” as stated, I will more then likely grow to love them. Sounds very appealing next to some scrambled eggs too I must say.

    Nick wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  2. mmmmmmmm bacon… again… too bad for the allergy to shellfish!

    bjjcaveman wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  3. These look yum! I can manage to eat cooked oysters, but can’t yet face them raw so these look good for me! I don’t think I’ve ever seen them smoked and in a tin though.

    Grokesque wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • Missing out! Try a shallot and white wine vinaigrette on the half shell. There are numerous ways to prep oysters on the half shell. This past winter I baked some with a butternut squash purée with crumpled bacon bits. Total food boner.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
      • Awesome idea!

        Catherine H wrote on March 26th, 2013
  4. Fiun Fact- These are also known as Angels on Horseback. They’re even better if you spritz them with some lemon or lime right after they come out of the broiler. If you change the oysters for prunes, you’ve got Devils on Horseback. Well, basically, most Devils on Horseback recipes are more complex, with some sort of liquid either as a marinade for the prunes or as a cooking liquid, and usually a stuffing of some sort for the prune.

    Dread Pirate Rogers wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • Thank you for this! I want to make them now just so I can tell people what they are called.

      Lindsey wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • I like the bacon-wrapped dates version – addicting. I haven’t tried them with prunes…

      Pure Hapa wrote on March 23rd, 2013
      • Have you tried dates stuffed with blue cheese and broiled. Divinely sinful for dairy tolerant folks!

        Chica wrote on March 25th, 2013
  5. Oooh, I’m so trying these, they sound delicious!

    Kaylee wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  6. What a great idea! This is happening this weekend!!

    Clint W wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  7. can’t find smoked oysters anywhere. I think there is a recall on them

    PaleoDentist wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • I’m 90 percent sure I saw some at trader joes next to the tuna and sardines last time I was there.

      Luke DePron wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  8. I can never find them in anything but cottonseed or canola oil.

    barb wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • If anyone vacations to the lovely PNW, go to the peninsula, go to walmart or Fred Meyers for a weekend clamming/oyster license, arm your self with a shucker, a 6 pack of beer (rinse the oyster and improves the ability to locate anything), some hot sauce, and venture out at low tide. That is good eating.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
      • I was associate the PNW with the Olympic Peninsula. Sorry Oregon and eastern WA.

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
  9. Really now, just wrap bacon around anything and you are good to go. Bananas, avocado, brussel sprouts?

    Nocona wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • I am with you here! Sadly all the smoked oysters sold here , in Australia,are made in China, and I won’t eat anything from China, particularly bottom feeders such as prawns or filter feeders such as oysters.
      Many years ago when I was visiting Japan, I used to love eating asparagus wrapped in bacon. The asparagus was cut into inch and a half segments, wrapped in very thinly sliced bacon, 3 were lined up side by side and run through with 2 skewers and then grilled. They were delicious, could also be that they were some of the few things I recognised!

      Heather wrote on March 23rd, 2013
      • Actually, there is a great online store in the US that has incredibly cheap shipping to where I live in NE Asia. And free shipping to folks in the US, I think. You can go to their website, and type in oysters in the search box.

        It includes excellent quality smoked oysters packed in olive oil like Mark suggests.

        Also, they will give you a $10 discount on your first order with them (BUT only the first order) if you use this code:

        I’m going to make some of these today. Yum.

        Paleo in Asia wrote on March 23rd, 2013
        • you forgot to mention that the use of the code you provided gets those using the code a discount but also provides YOU a financial bonus (I know as I order form iherb all the time and also have a personal code number)

          If this had been my post I would at least have divulged that info—

          PrimalGrandma wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • … and especially asparagus!!!

      Paleo in Asia wrote on March 23rd, 2013
      • I meant to make that ( … ) an addition to Nocona’s post but it ended up being several posts away. So, I’ll try referencing this way . . .

        Nocona said,
        “Really now, just wrap bacon around anything and you are good to go. Bananas, avocado, brussel sprouts?”

        Paleo in Asia says, “… and especially asparagus!!! ”

        Ps. I really like your avatar, Nocoma. It may inspire me to look for one in a similar vein (…or cave).

        Paleo in Asia wrote on March 23rd, 2013
      • aka “Hadley grass”. UMASS Amherst represent!

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
        • Perhaps the only type of grass I did not smoke while at UMASS.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
        • Now that Bill Clinton is vegan, I bet he inhales “Hadley Grass”!

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 24th, 2013
        • Get out! I should have known that Paleo Ron Burgundy went to UMass Amherst. Fellow grad and now employee here!

          JennF wrote on March 24th, 2013
  10. Love it! Great way to combine two of my fave nutrient-dense foods.

    Sondra Rose wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  11. I just made this – and it’s the first time I’ve eaten smoked oysters where I’ve actually liked what I was eating (more accurately, liked the bacon they were wrapped in :) ). Also quick and simple.

    ajb wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  12. They had been recalled, but I just checked amazon- they’re on sale again (in olive oil). YAY!!!

    Candy wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  13. Crown Prince Royal Natural Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil. Bought them at Trader Joes on Thursday for less than $3 a tin.

    Raquel wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  14. For a real flavour kick, add some Worcestershire sauce to them.

    This, of course is then a smoked oyster version of Oysters Kilpatrick, which is fresh oysters in the half shell, with bacon and Worcestershire sauce, grilled under an overhead grill. Truly the best way to have oysters in the half shell.

    Paul N wrote on March 23rd, 2013
    • Perhaps. My vote goes to raw with lemon and Tabasco.

      Chica wrote on March 25th, 2013
      • Raw, with the ocean air, some lime and a shot of Jose Cuervo…

        Catherine H wrote on March 26th, 2013
  15. That looks really good!

    Hillary wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  16. I make the same thing with water chestnuts in bacon – so delicious! g

    ginger-eight wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  17. I love those little oysters in a can! The addition of bacon is blowing my mind right now. So good. Must go make now.

    Nikki Ledford wrote on March 23rd, 2013
  18. YES! I’ve been wanting oysters but had no idea what to do with them. AWESOME! Next shopping trip I’m totally getting some!

    LisaL wrote on March 24th, 2013
  19. I’ve tried grilled scallops rolled in bacon, they are sooo delicious. As soon as I get my hand on some oysters I will try this recipe. Thanks for the inspiration Mark.

    Carol wrote on March 24th, 2013
  20. Really cool. Never would have thought to combine bacon and oyster. Sounds really delicious – and I never can stop with just a few “appetizers” :)

    Dave wrote on March 24th, 2013
  21. Smoked Bacon Oysters!

    These are worth sacrificing the diet for, I would definitely add garlic though. a sprinkle of fresh crushed garlic on top before you put it in the oven would make this even better!

    Now the diet is blown anyways I would enjoy these with a glass of white wine.

    – John

    John wrote on March 25th, 2013
  22. Wow! I will definitely try these Smoked Bacon Oysters! My kids will surely love these appetizers. 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    Max Sebring wrote on March 25th, 2013
  23. That is sheer genius.

    I love anything wrapped in bacon. I don’t know why I never thought of oysters. Gotta try this at our next BBQ.

    Jess wrote on March 25th, 2013
  24. I tried this recipe last night but wrapped some shrimp and squid in addition to the oysters. It was delicious. The squid was a little chewy but the shrimp and oysters were a nice combo with the bacon!

    mike wrote on March 25th, 2013
  25. This is so perfect for the easter party we’re heading to next weekend.. thanks!

    mars wrote on March 25th, 2013
  26. Any recipe that has bacon in it is a winner in my book!

    Jen wrote on March 26th, 2013
  27. Did these on the grill vs. the broiler. Cooked them on the grate for awhile, then transferred to the top rack instead so they didn’t burn; this allowed them to smoke and cook the rest of the way through. The consistency of the bacon was perfect; crisp on the outside, more chewy inside.

    The oysters were…not so good. Tried these using the “Geisha” brand from Publix. Made in China. Terrible. There were none in anything other than cottonseed oil, so maybe some non-Chinese oysters in olive oil would be better.

    Until then, I’ll stick with doing these with bacon wrapped dates stuffed with a little cheese and a pecan…yum.

    Andrew wrote on March 28th, 2013
  28. Oysters are my favorite food. I have a trillion of these lil’ packs of oysters to eat as a snack. This recipe is genius.

    Dani wrote on April 2nd, 2013
  29. i gotta hand it to you. these are INSANE. i just ate the entire batch for breakfast after my workout. it was the best breakfast ever!!!

    joanna wrote on April 11th, 2014
  30. Come to Louisana we get them fresh & cook em on open fire on half shell u will eat like a pig jojo then work out like a horse!

    Rick wrote on September 12th, 2014

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