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Fire Crackers (Spicy Seasoned Crackers)

These Seasoned Crackers are an incredibly easy snack, perfect for a party or a cheese board and can be prepped in just 5 minutes! They stay crispy, which is magical, OR you can bake them to give them even more crunch!

Seasoned snacks are one of my favorite party foods, so make sure to try my Stinky Pretzels and my Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts!

Seasoned Saltines on a baking sheet

Fire Crackers Are The Perfect Party Snack!

These addicting seasoned crackers will be on your party menu for years to come…salty, packed with flavor, and SO easy to make! My mom used to make these and called them Fire Crackers because you can add as much (or as little) crushed red pepper as you like. I tweaked her recipe and I think I found the sweet spot…a little heat but not too much!

Do You Have To Bake Seasoned Crackers?

The amazing thing about this recipe is that the crackers are drizzled with a seasoned oil. They sit in a container and absorb all the flavor BUT STILL STAY CRISP! I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true! You don’t HAVE to bake these.

Of course you CAN if you would like a little more crunch, but I can tell you will 100% honesty that these crackers do NOT, I repeat DO NOT get soggy. It’s pretty magical!

Then Why Would I Bake Them?

Baking them makes them a little less oily…not that they are too oily…but it takes that away just a little bit. And baking the crackers does add extra crispness, but it’s not totally necessary! I will say they are super yummy when they’re warm, right out of the oven, but I love them both ways (baked and not baked), so I included both directions in the recipe card.

How To Make Seasoned Crackers

How Long Should These Fire Crackers “Marinate”?

Once you drizzle the seasoned oil on top of the crackers you will need to flip the container they are in over every 5 minutes or so for the first 30 minutes. This ensures that they get coated in the seasoning. After 30 minutes you can flip the container occasionally, but it’s not totally necessary. Even give it a gentle shake from time to time to make sure all the seasoning is on the crackers.

Let them sit in the seasoning for AT LEAST 4 hours. You really want them to soak up all the flavor. I like to prep these the night before serving, and let them sit overnight!

What If You Don’t Have a Container With a Lid Large Enough?

Don’t worry…you can use a few large zip-top bags, or even a large bowl with a lid or press and seal. As long as it’s airtight. You will just need to be careful when flipping the bag or bowl to ensure the crackers don’t break.

Use Oyster Crackers!

Another solution if you don’t have a container large enough (or just prefer a bite-sized cracker, is to use Oyster Crackers! This will prevent the breaking issue, and will be just as good!

Saltines soaked in a seasoned oil mixture

What Seasonings Do You Need?

I like to use a ranch seasoning packet, along with Italian seasoning packet. This just rounds out the flavors, but of course feel free to get creative!

You can use:

  • All Ranch, or all Italian seasoning!
  • Taco Seasoning to make these Taco Crackers!
  • A homemade combination of salt, pepper and dry seasonings like basil, oregano, dill, rosemary etc.
  • Add in a teaspoon or two of Adobo sauce from Chipotle in Adobo to really give it a spicy and smoky flavor!

How Long Will These Stay Fresh?

I find these are great at least 5 days after making them if store airtight. I can’t speak to any longer than that because they never last in my house!

Fire Crackers on a baking sheet

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Seasoned Saltines on a baking sheet

Easy Seasoned Crackers

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes + marinating time
  • Yield: serves 28 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Crackers


These incredibly easy seasoned crackers (aka Fire Crackers) are the ultimate party snack food. You won’t believe how much flavor is packed into they take 5 minutes to make!


  • 1 pound Saltine crackers (4 sleeves)
  • 1 (1- ounce) package dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 (1- ounce) package Italian Seasoning Mix (like Good Seasons)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. In a large rectangular container with a lid, line the crackers up on the edges so they fit into the container. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the ranch seasoning, Italian seasoning, butter, oil, red pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Drizzle the mixture evenly over the crackers. Close the container and allow it to sit 4 hours, or overnight, flipping the container over every 5 minutes for the first 30 minutes.
  4. When you’re ready to serve these, you can serve them right out of the container OR if you prefer a slightly crispier cracker Line them up flat on a large baking sheet and bake at 250° for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 5 crackers
  • Calories: 142
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 254.4 mg
  • Fat: 10.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.1 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.2 mg

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12 comments on “Fire Crackers (Spicy Seasoned Crackers)”

  1. Kay McCollough

    I liked the seasonings for this recipe. The only thing I would do different is leave off the Parmesan cheese. I mixed the ingredients every 5 minutes but the cheese stuck onto the crackers in globs like someone said. Maybe there was a step I missed. I’m wondering how the powder Parmesan cheese would work. I also used oyster crackers for this recipe and they worked well.

  2. These crackers did not come out well. Most of the seasoning, especially the parmesan cheese, clumped on top. I would not waste the time and money to make this again.

    1. Sorry that happened to you! Flipping the container the first 30 minutes is important to make sure the seasonings get all the way down!

  3. I think these have a good taste but the seasoning didn’t get to all the cracker. It seemed to collect on the edge and the crackers stuck together. When I separated them many broke.

    1. A better way to get the flavor all over each cracker is to place them in a large zip lock bag, 2 1/2 gallon is what I use and gently turn as directed, every five minutes …


      These are great but the Parmesan made the crackers gum together and when I tried to separate them most of them broke. Leave out the Parmesan for the drizzle but if you want that extra flavor do the baking step and sprinkle them with the Parmesan before placing in the oven.

  4. I have done these with saltines, oyster crackers and…my fave…GOLDFISH crackers 🙂 I call them crack crackers because you canNOT stop eating them!!!

  5. I have made these using a different recipe using the cheesy Ritz bits crackers-they are addicting and so easy to make!

  6. What about using EVOO instead of the vegetable oil…or do you think it’s too strong in flavor??? Even thinking about a EVO-Chili oil!!!

    1. I actually tried using EVOO when testing the recipe a few times. I found it to be too strong. I used light olive oil and well and that worked better, but ultimately preferred the canola. BUT you could absolutely use whichever you prefer!

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