Shelf Life of
Oyster Sauce

How Long Does Oyster Sauce Last?

Does oyster sauce go bad How Long Does Oyster Sauce Last? Does oyster sauce go bad?
The shelf life of oyster sauce depends on the best before date and how it is stored. Oyster sauce is actually made from oysters, sugar, and spices which are cooked until the juices caramelize into a savory sweet sauce.
Does oyster sauce go bad? Eventually.

So, how long does oyster sauce last? When properly stored, the shelf life of oyster sauce past its best before date is …

(Unopened) Pantry
Past Printed Date
Oyster Sauce lasts for 1 Year
(Opened) Refrigerator
Oyster Sauce lasts for 6 Months



But remember, oyster sauce, like a lot of other condiments, usually has a best before date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use the product for your flavoring needs after the best before date has lapsed if it was stored properly, but try to use before its eat by date.

How to tell if oyster sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

The quality of the oyster sauce will decline over time with the color getting darker and the flavor getting stronger due to the oxidation process. Thus, peak flavor for oyster sauce is when it is first opened. The first indication that oyster sauce is going bad is usually a separation of liquid from the other ingredients.
Old oyster sauce may experience changes in color, flavor and/or texture but should not be harmful to consume unless a foul odor or a mold develops. If it gets to the point where there is mold or a foul odor, it must be discarded.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store oyster sauce to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store unopened oyster sauce is in a cool dark place like the pantry at a constant temperature, away from heated appliances like the stove or dishwasher.
Once opened, oyster sauce must be constantly kept in the refrigerator in its original glass container with the lid tightly sealed.
If your sauce came in a can, be sure to transfer it to a plastic or glass container before refrigerating.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of all foods.

How long is oyster sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does oyster sauce last? That depends. How long does rice last? In general, it will be the longest lasting ingredient in any dish, soaking into the other ingredients. But still, it can only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of oyster sauce.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the oyster sauce shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and used as a guideline. Please eat responsibly!