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Fire Crackers (Comeback Crackers)

These spicy and crispy Comeback 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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Seasoned Saltine Crackers

How many Saltines have I purchased in the last 14 years? My kids are Saltine addicts. To the point where I should own stock in them. My younger son even licks all the salt off of his before he eats them.  

Now as an adult, I like them but not enough to inhale 75 sleeves of them. Enter some spice and a little fruity olive oil and you can keep me coming back for more.

This made me think of a great name for these crackers: Comeback Crackers!

I keep coming back for more and more and more until the whole box is gone. And a liter of water since they are spicy:)

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Making these Comeback Crackers seems a little on the odd side. Pouring olive oil over crispy saltines? Won’t that make them soggy? That was my first thought, but the scientist in me had to try it.  

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. Some use ranch seasoning, italian seasoning, or even other dressing mixes. Use your favorite.

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How to make Fire Crackers

First: Place all the crackers (all 4 sleeves of crackers) upright in a container. I used a square one but you can find one that fits them all. Standing them upright will help distribute the seasoning better.

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

Third: Drizzle the seasoning mix 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!

Store in the container until all have been eaten. It won’t take long for them to disappear, but you can store them for up to a week and they will stay crispy!

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

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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, italian, or a salad dressing mix.

Can I use a different cracker?

Yes, you can! Try this with mini saltine crackers, unsalted saltines, Ritz, Club, or other butter crackers. You will need to mix them in a bag or other container and modify the amount of oil. Oyster crackers are also great for this!

How long do they last?

They will stay crispy for up to a week if they are not eaten first! Just give them a flip every now and then.

Do they stay crispy?

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

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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.

Why are they called comeback crackers?

Because they are so tasty they will keep you coming back for more and more. You will be addicted!

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

You can heat them up in the oven if you want to serve them warm,

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Why are they called saltines?

These are leavened with baking soda, hence the name soda crackers but named “saltines” after adding the salt to the top of them.

What’s the difference between soda crackers and saltines?

The salt, of course! Oh, and Saltines have yeast in them.

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!

Serve these spicy salting crackers along with other snacks like my Toasted Pecans, Seasoned Oyster Crackers, and these Everything Bagel Almonds.

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These Seasoned Crackers are zesty fire crackers that are an easy party appetizer, movie snack, or accompaniment to your bowl of chili or soup this winter!

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Comeback Crackers

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

These spicy and crispy 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. I used a square one but you can find one that fits them all. Standing them upright will help distribute the seasoning better.
  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. That's it!
  9. Store in the container until all have been eaten. It won't take long for them to disappear, but you can store them for up to a week and they will stay crispy!


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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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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.


Saturday 28th of January 2023

Awesome! I added 1/2 TSP. Ranch Seasoning in second batch and they were awesome!


Monday 30th of January 2023

Love that idea!

Granny Karen

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

These were very flavorful. I make my own steak seasoning, and I felt it was a tad overpowering. Not a lot but will cut back a bit next time I make them. Definitely will make again.

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