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Spicy Fire Crackers

These spicy and crispy Fire Crackers are light and flaky with a little kick to them. This party snack is so delicious and easy to make, they will keep you coming back for more!

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Fire Crackers Recipe

These Fire Crackers are the perfect snack for game day! Simple ingredients and about 30 minutes and you are all set to go.

Not only are these spicy crackers great on their own, but they are delicious with cheese balls and other types of spreads. Don’t forget to add them to your cheese try or charcuterie board.

Like these crackers, check out my other snacks: Redneck Snack Mix, Seasoned Oyster CrackersSweet and Spicy Bacon Crackers, and Spicy Chex Mix.

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tablespoons of red pepper flake, cup vegetable oil, and other ingredients for an easy recipe

Ingredients Needed

Saltine Crackers – Full size saltines are best for this recipe but feel free to use a different cracker or even the salt free version.

Olive Oil – Some recipes say that olive oil doesn’t absorb as well but I like it because it keeps the crackers crispier longer and it doesn’t taste as greasy.

Spices – I use a combination of my homemade steak seasoning with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.

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How to make Firecrackers Recipe

First: Place the crackers (all 4 sleeves of crackers) upright in a container in a single layer.

Second: Mix your oil and spices together in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

Third: Drizzle the seasoned oil to coat the crackers as evenly as possible. Make sure to scrape out all the seasoning in the bowl. You don’t want to miss any. Seal the container.

Fourth: Flip the container upside down and let sit for 5 minutes. Continue to flip the container every five minutes, for a total of 30 minutes. That’s it. They are the best if they sit overnight!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

close up of seasoned cracker

Can you use a different seasoning with them?

There are a ton of different seasoned saltines recipes out there using different spice mixes. I prefer my All-Purpose Steak Seasoning for the kick but feel free to modify the spices to your liking.

Some use spicy ranch seasoning, italian seasoning, or a salad dressing mix.

Can I use a different cracker?

Yes, you can! Try this with mini saltine crackers, unsalted saltines, Ritz crackers, Club, Club crackers, or other butter crackers.

If you use mini saltines or oyster crackers, you can make them in a zip-top bag.

How long do Fire Crackers last?

Store them in an airtight container for up to a week if they last that long.

this spicy snack is great for road trips

Do Fire Crackers stay crispy?

Believe it or not they do! The crackers are so absorbent and there isn’t THAT much oil so they stay crispy.

Can I use a different oil?

Yes! A lot of other Saltine Cracker recipes use canola oil or peanut oil. I like olive oil as it doesn’t taste as oily.

fire crackers last a long time

Can you put them in the oven?

This is a no bake recipe so you won’t need to. You can put them in the oven at 400F for 3-5 minutes to crisp them back up if you want.

They stay crispy for up to a week at room temperature if they last that long.

You can heat fire crackers up in the oven if you want to serve them warm.

How many crackers are in a sleeve of Saltines?

Approximately 40 in each sleeve. Just enough to calm the stomach or inhale with a pot of soup!

bowl of fire crackers

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Use ranch dressing mix, italian seasoning, or even greek seasoning.
  • Flip the crackers every 5 minutes so the crackers soak up the oil evenly.
  • These make a great party food or afternoon.

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hand holding fire crackers

Spicy Alabama Fire Crackers are an easy party appetizer for any gathering. Not only that but they make a great snack for you in the afternoon.

Alabama Fire Crackers

Alabama Fire Crackers

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These spicy and crispy fire crackers are light and flaky with a little kick to them. they are so addicting and they will keep you coming back for more!


  • 1 box Saltine crackers (all 4 sleeves)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large container (airtight lid)


  1. Place all your crackers (all 4 sleeves) upright in a container.
  2. Mix your oil and spices together in a bowl.
  3. Whisk to combine.
  4. Drizzle over the crackers as evenly as possible. Make sure to scrape out all the seasoning in the bowl. You don't want to miss any.
  5. Seal the container.
  6. Flip the container upside down and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Every five minutes, for 30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!


  • Use ranch dressing mix, italian seasoning, or even greek seasoning.
  • Flip the crackers every 5 minutes so the crackers soak up the oil evenly.
  • These make a great party food or afternoon.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 4 crackers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Thursday 18th of January 2024

Maybe try with butter flavor popcorn oil.

Jennifer Stewart

Friday 19th of January 2024

great idea!

Mawmaw Rose

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Love these! I added Worcestershire sauce to my oil and used a little bit of everything in my spice cabinet lol. Everyone is right about the saltiness of store bought steak seasoning. I’ve been reading comments about butter rather than oil and have been thinking about using butter with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat. I don’t know, we will see!

Jennifer Stewart

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

When you do let me know how they turn out! I would love to try a cinnamon sugar version!!


Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Loves these! Great basic recipe that you can leave be, or spruce up! I like to use unsalted crackers, since there's plenty of salt in the seasoning, and also add some powdered ranch, and/or nutritional yeast! yummy!

Jennifer Stewart

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Love the idea of using unsalted crackers! And that nutritional yeast does add some savory flavors to things.


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Put them on a smoker @225° for 1 hour and it's a game changer..


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

@Stinkythumbs, after you let them soak?

Jennifer Stewart

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

Sounds amazing!!

Melissa Fergus

Sunday 5th of February 2023

I absolutely love these crackers. They make such a great snack topped with cheese and even peanut butter. But i tried using clubhouse crackers instead because they are my favorite cracker. However wasn’t thinking they wouldn’t absorb like saltines. Definitely should have used less oil with them. However do you have any suggestions to fix them if they are too oily?


Monday 6th of February 2023

I have spread them out on a baking sheet with paper towels and let them sit on them for about 1/2an hour and that helps.

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