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Alabama Fire Crackers (Super Easy)

Crunchy, spicy, seasoned to perfection, these baked Alabama Fire Crackers are such a tasty snack, everyone loves them! You’ll find yourself going back for another one…and another one… and… well, you get the idea!

Speaking of tasty snacks, don’t miss my Old Bay Goldfish and Ranch Oyster Crackers too! Now here’s more info on these spicy fire crackers below!

Baked Alabama Fire Crackers

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These crispy, spicy treats are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a tailgate party, or just a casual snack with friends. We love to make them to take to the beach or for a boat day! They’re actually one of my husband’s favorite recipes here on the site!

Alabama Fire Crackers: Ingredients

  • Saltine Crackers
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Ranch Seasoning & Dressing Packets
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
Spicy Alabama Fire Crackers

Below you’ll find a quick glance on how to make these crackers as well as recipe tips and substitutions. You can find the full, printable recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Alabama Fire Crackers

These are a great snack to make and use simple ingredients.

  1. Add the seasonings and vegetable oil to a large plastic bag (like a gallon or 2-gallon ziplock back).
  2. Open each sleeve of saltines. Add them to the bag. Let the crackers soak in the seasoned oil for ideally at least 1 hour, tossing the bag occasionally to ensure the crackers are evenly coated.
  3. Preheat your oven to 225°F.
  4. Spread the crackers out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they’re crispy and golden brown.
  5. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
Marinating Alabama Fire Crackers in a spicy sauce

See above a bit of what looks like a big mess but it’s all in the plastic bag, so fear not! Haha!

Alabama Fire Crackers Baked

Spicy Alabama fire crackers…baked to golden brown perfection!

spicy alabama fire crackers party appetizer

Recipe Tips

  • For extra flavor, you can adjust the blend of seasonings and add in others such as cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, or dried herbs like thyme or oregano.
  • Add grated parmesan cheese if you want a cheesy version!
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your spice preference. You can also omit them entirely if you prefer a milder flavor.
  • These spicy crackers are best enjoyed within a few days of baking for optimal crispiness.
  • If you have the time, let the saltine crackers “marinate” in the plastic bag for a couple hours (or even overnight).
  • If you want to swap in extra virgin olive oil for the vegetable or canola oil, go for it! Both work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of saltine crackers, you could use oyster crackers, club crackers or Ritz crackers too. I’ve even seen mini saltine and can’t wait to try it with those too!
  • TIP: Look for the ranch dressing mix near salad dressings in the grocery store. You’ll need 2 for this recipe.

Enjoy these spicy fire crackers on your own or add them to a charcuterie board or other appetizer spread! They’re the perfect party snack for game day especially! You could even serve them with your favorite dips like garlic dip, onion dip or jalapeno cream cheese dip!

Baked Alabama Fire Crackers

Alabama Fire Crackers

Author: Courtney
A tasty and inexpensive party snack, these spicy fire crackers are loaded with flavor from red pepper flakes and ranch seasoning then baked to golden perfection!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 packets Ranch Seasoning & Dressing Mix
  • 3 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 box saltine crackers (4 sleeves of crackers)


  • In a large plastic bag (like a gallon size ziplock bag), add vegetable oil, ranch seasoning packets, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
  • Seal the bag well and use your hands to mix together the oil and seasonings until combined.
  • Open the bag and add all the saltines (4 sleeves-worth) to the plastic bag.
  • Reseal the bag and carefully toss it back and forth to allow the oil and seasonings to pour over each cracker.
  • Allow the saltines to sit in the bag for at least an hour (or overnight!) and absorb the mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 ℉ and line a baking sheet with the saltine crackers in a single layer. You don't want any overlapping.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Allow the crackers to cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 303IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
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