Fire crackers Recipe

This spicy little saltine or Fire Crackers Recipe is all of the flavor but half of the sodium.

a basket lined with a floral napkin filled with baked saltine  fire crackers dotted with spices

Spicy Saltine Fire Crackers Recipe: Simple is Better

Whether you call these yummy little snacks, fire crackers, Alabama Fire Crackers or just Baked crackers, you know when you have a basket full of them, they will be devoured.

I take the basic recipe and cut the sodium in half, but keep all of the flavor and heat.

a stack of three saltine crackers

Ingredients in Spicy Saltine Fire Crackers:

  • box of saltine crackers
  • salt, pepper, cumin, red peppers flakes, cayenne pepper, Italian herbs
  • garlic powder and onion powder
  • olive oil

Equipment needed:

  • gallon size x zip top bag
  • rimmed baking sheets- buy my favorite HERE
a stack of saltine crackers

Why you do not need ranch dressing to make Spicy Crackers:

In the other online versions of this recipe, they use a whopping 2 cups of olive oil and 4 TBSP of ranch dressing. That means a typical serving of 10 crackers will have 760mg of sodium and 41.8 grams of fat. .

My version is every bit as flavorful but has only 400 mg of sodium and 21 grams of fat. And chances are- you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.

a basket of fire crackers

How to serve Fire Crackers:

a grey plate with salt , pepper, turmeric, smoked paprika and cumin piled on it for the fire crackers perfect spice blend

Other spices to add to this Fire Cracker Recipe:

  • Moroccan- add turmeric, cumin, harissa and red pepper flakes
  • Greek- dried dill, crushed rosemary, thyme and oregano
  • Southern BBQ- chili spice, cumin, mustard powder, paprika, onion and garlic powder and cayenne pepper

Fire Crackers Recipe

Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson
Course: party food, most popular recipesCuisine: SouthernDifficulty: Easy


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A hot little saltine cracker that marinates in a spice and olive oil mix then baked until golden brown.


  • 16 oz saltine crackers

  • 1-2 cups olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp cumin


  • Pour olive oil in a zip top bag. Add in the spices and herbs and shake well to blend
  • Add the sleeves of saltine crackers to the olive oil. Seal well
  • Gently rotate the crackers in the bag every 30 minutes for about 2 hours. You can leave the saltines to marinate overnight.
  • Pre heat oven to 250 degrees.
    Remove the crackers from the bag and lay out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake the crackers until golden brown for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Serve the crackers in a paper napkin lined basket.

Recipe Video


  • If you have extra olive oil, save it and use it as a salad dressing
  • you can let the crackers marinate in the oil for 2 hours up to overnight. They will be more oily if left overnight to marinate.
  • Do not use high quality olive oil- you need 1-2 cups so a store brand or Kirkland signature brand is perfect.

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