Poor Man’s Oysters Rockefeller

Discover the inventive world of Poor Man’s Oysters Rockefeller with my budget-friendly recipe using tinned smoked oysters – a TikTok sensation you won’t want to miss!

Alright, folks, gather ’round because we’re about to talk TikTok trends, and let me tell you, this one’s a doozy! So, picture this: you’re scrolling through your FYP (that’s “For You Page” for the uninitiated) and suddenly, bam! You’re hit with a video showcasing something called “Poor Man’s Oysters Rockefeller.” Now, I don’t know about you, but my first reaction was something along the lines of, “Wait, what?!” Especially seeing the tin go straight into the air fryer lol but honestly, I don’t like to knock things until I try them….

I mean, come on, we’re talking about turning tinned smoked oysters into a knock-off version of one of the fanciest seafood dishes out there. It’s like trying to turn a potato into a prince, but hey, stranger things have happened on the internet, am I right?

Anyway, despite my initial suspicion, I couldn’t resist the allure of this viral recipe. I mean, who doesn’t love a good kitchen experiment, especially when it involves questionable ingredients and the promise of greatness?

So, armed with a can of smoked oysters and a sense of adventure, I dove headfirst into what would be my very own version of Poor Man’s Oysters Rockefeller. And let me tell you, folks, it was actually pretty good!

As I whipped up the spinach and cheese topping, which is not apart of the original recipe but I thought it was needed to stay true to actual recipe, couldn’t help but wonder if I was about to create a masterpiece or a complete disaster. Spoiler alert: it was somewhere in between.

Sure, they might not have the same wow factor as their fancy-pants counterpart, but these Poor Man’s Oysters Rockefeller were surprisingly tasty. I mean, who knew that tinned fish and cream cheese could make such a great duo?

Yield: 2 servings

Poor Man's Oysters Rockefeller

Poor Man's Oysters Rockefeller

Discover the inventive world of Poor Man's Oysters Rockefeller with our budget-friendly recipe using tinned smoked oysters – a TikTok sensation you won't want to miss!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cans smoked oysters, drained of oil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Cajun seasoning to taste


  1. Prepare the Oysters: Open can and drain oil from the oysters really well and pat dry while keeping the oysters in the tin
  2. Prepare the Topping: Steam spinach in microwave for 30seconds. Then in a mixing bowl, combine the steamed spinach, softened cream cheese, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. Assemble the Oysters: Using a spoon or a small knife, carefully mound a generous amount of the spinach and cheese mixture onto each oyster, covering it completely.
  4. Assemble the Oysters: Add 1 tbsp of butter to each tin along with some cheese and panko breadcrumbs
  5. Bake: Transfer the baking dish to an air fryer and cook for 5 minutes on 450 or until the topping is golden brown and bubbly, and the oysters are heated through.
  6. Serve: Once done, remove the Poor Man's Oysters Rockefeller from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve them warm as a delicious appetizer or snack with your faorite bread or crackers

So, the next time you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen, why not give this TikTok recipe a try? Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite snack. And even if it doesn’t quite live up to the hype, at least you’ll have a good story to tell.

P.S. Whole Foods sell’s dollar oysters once a week…if you LOVE oysters for real for real, find out what day they do it and grab some fresh oysters to try with this recipe!


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