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Southern Fire Crackers Recipe

In this post I am sharing the delicious Southern Fire Crackers Recipe.

You may have seen these seasoned baked spicy crackers around and perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to taste them. Spicy? Yes, but not overwhelmingly so. These tasty party crackers are delicious and rather addictive.

Seriously, you cannot eat just one. Fire Crackers, sometimes called Alabama fire crackers, are the perfect food for gatherings or just enjoy them as a snack.

I made up a batch about a week ago and shared some with friends, kept a little for us and took the rest to a cookout for my father’s birthday. 

My two and a half year old great niece even loved these crackers. I’m not kidding! Daddy gave her a taste of his and when he turned his head she grabbed the rest of his cracker and ate it. She then asked for more. That child cracks me up!

The combination of spices make these crackers a delicious treat just as they are or serve them with cheese or other toppings.

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The best party crackers in a white platter - Spicy Fire Crackers

How do you make these Southern fire crackers? Fire crackers are really easy to prepare. They can be a no bake recipe if desired but I prefer the extra touch of toasty flavor that a few minutes in the oven gives. 

Here’s what you’ll need: saltine crackers, olive oil, red pepper flakes, ranch dressing mix packets, garlic powder, onion powder and cracked black pepper. 

Find a full printable recipe card further down in this post.

Simply combine the spicy marinade in a large plastic storage bag then swish it all around to mix. Next add in all of the saltine crackers. Seal the back and turn to coat everything. Store overnight on a counter.

Give the bag a gentle turn a few times as they marinate to help distribute flavor to all of the crackers.

You can use regular premium sized saltines, mini saltines or other crackers of your choice. You could also add Parmesan cheese to the mix if you like. The important part is to not become squeamish about the amount of red pepper flakes. It’s perfect!

After the saltines marinate overnight in their ranch fire mix, spread them out on a lined baking sheet and pop them in the oven for a few minutes to toast and get ready to enjoy the best seasoned crackers ever. 

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Make yourself a batch and just try to eat only one. Go ahead!

Not only are these crackers so delicious on their own, they are great with appetizer spreads or my copycat Chick-fil-a chicken salad.

Southern Fire Crackers Printable Recipe

Yield: 1 Pound of Snack Crackers

Southern Fire Crackers Recipe

Southern baked seasoned party crackers - Fire Crackers - in a white serving bowl

Southern fire crackers are saltines marinated in a ranch and spice mix. These amazing spicy crackers are delicious as party appetizers or a snack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes


  • 16 oz Premium Saltine Crackers (a whole box of 4 sleeves)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Onion Powder
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Packets of Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 3 tbs Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 c Olive Oil


  1. Add the olive oil, spices and seasonings to a large gallon sized storage bag. Close the back and mix to combine.
  2. Next, add the saltine crackers. Seal the bag and turn to coat the crackers with the spicy oil mix several times until coated well.
  3. Allow the crackers to marinate overnight.
  4. The next day transfer the crackers to a lined baking sheet then bake in a 250°F (121°C) oven for about 15 minutes to toast.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

5 Crackers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hi- has anyone made with half the oil…one cup? And how did they turn out. Thanks


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

How long do these store for? Can I make them 4-5 days ahead?

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Yes, you can make them ahead. The shelf life decreases the further in advance that you make them however, so if you can hold off and make them 2 days prior is better. That way you'll have 4 to 5 days to enjoy them.

Larry Lee

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I’ve made these many times. I usually don’t oven bake them. The only time I have, they dryed up too much. Try them both ways!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I'll give that a try but I do love them toasted in the oven. Mine are never dry though.


Friday 23rd of April 2021

Has anyone tried to use the small soup crackers for this recipe? I am going to try this weekend.


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

@Dawn, Did you try the oyster crackers and, if so, how did they turn out?


Monday 21st of December 2020

Seems like 2 pkgs of Ranch would be too much. What’s your opinion?

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

The recipe does call for 2 packages of Ranch.

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