Southern Fire Crackers Recipe

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

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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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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! 😉 

Southern Fire Crackers Printable Recipe

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 days
Total Time 1 days 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
How to make Southern Baked Fire Crackers, also known as Alabama fire crackers or ranch fire crackers. This is a simple party food and can be oven toasted or no bake. They are addictive when served as an appetizer or snack #Firecrackers #Saltines #SeasonedCrackers #EasyAppetizers

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  • Reply
    April 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    These sound so good! Love the red pepper flake kick!

  • Reply
    April 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    What a great mix of flavors and I totally agree, popping them in the oven for a few minutes makes them even better!

  • Reply
    Amanda Pease
    October 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Can you sub anything for the olive oil? Canola oil maybe?

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      October 15, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      I recommend olive oil because it is a flavorful oil. If needed you could sub canola but it’s a neutral flavor so wouldn’t add anything taste wise to the recipe.

  • Reply
    November 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Are these crackers spicy with the 3 TBS of red pepper flakes?

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      November 2, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      They are a little spicy but it’s not overwhelming like you might think. Even those who don’t care for spicy love these crackers.

  • Reply
    J Hill
    November 29, 2019 at 3:49 am

    I made these for Thanksgiving and services them with a jalapeño popper cheese ball as an appetizer. The only thing I did different was added roughly a tablespoon of cayenne pepper and just put a couple of shakes of the red pepper flakes. Everyone loved them!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      November 29, 2019 at 9:31 am

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Reply
    January 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I found the olive oil to be too strong. I’ve always used canola oil which has a neutral taste and lets the flavor of the ranch and crushed red pepper flakes

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    July 30, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I can’t get my head around soaking crackers in 2 cups of olive oil? Seems like they would disintegrate? Going to try these though!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      July 31, 2020 at 8:48 am

      HaHa, I can understand your hesitation but it works out beautifully!

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