Seasoned Saltine Crackers with Ranch (Easy Recipe)

Seasoned Saltine Crackers is the perfect snack that elevates ordinary saltine crackers. Ranch seasoning, smokehouse maple seasoning, and oil coat the crackers for a party snack you can’t stop eating!

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This recipe is for you if you’re looking for an alternative to the iconic Alabama Fire Crackers.

​While the red pepper flakes make the spicy crackers what they are known for, I can’t handle that kind of heat. So! I set out to create an equally as addictive seasoned cracker recipe!

And, y’all! This recipe is so good!

It’s a great recipe to make up a bunch and gift as neighbor gifts at the holiday, or serve these on a cheeseboard, break them up into a salad, or crumb chicken with it. The possibilities are endless!

How to Make Seasoned Saltine Crackers

First, here is what you’ll need:

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A big 2-gallon ziptop bag. While some people make this in a container, I like the ease of the plastic bag. The first time I made these, I used a gallon sized ziploc bag which did not work well for four sleeves of crackers. If you’re halfing this recipe and using two sleeves, a gallon ziplock bag will work just fine!

Saltine Crackers. If you ask my grandmother, all saltines are not created equally. She loves Zesty, so that’s what I buy. Is there a difference?! You could also use this same recipe with the mini saltine crackers in a box, oyster crackers, or buttery Ritz crackers.

Ranch Seasoning. You’ll need a few tablespoons of Ranch dressing powder! I buy the shaker version because I use it so often. It’s great on anything, y’all!

Smokehouse Maple Seasoning. I talk about this seasoning blend A LOT. I use in everything from Quick and Easy Shrimp and Grits to my Famous Homemade Chex Mix. It’s a secret ingredient people can’t quite put their finger on when they taste something, but it makes all the difference!

zesty saltine crackers with ranch

Chili Flakes. Since I was mimicking the original spicy seasoned crackers, I did include a few shakes of the spicy pepper. Not too much though!

​Neutral Oil. I used vegetable oil in this recipe, but you could use canola oil, too. 

That’s all there is to these seasoned crackers! 

If you want to add garlic or onion powder, go for it. If you want to add Italian seasoning, go for it. 

​What you read on the recipe card is very loose!

Mixing the Crackers

You add all the ingredients into the giant ziptop bag, and just flip around and around until well coated.

ranch seasoned crackers

There is no baking involved, no large bowl, no wire rack, nothing extra! Just a bag, some crackers, seasoning, and oil.

I left these on the counter for a full day, and whenever I went into the kitchen I just flipped the bag around and around. 

You could use an airtight container, but I’m not sure that really helps the seasoning and oil to evenly distribute. 

But! Next time I make these, I’ll be using some butter and baking them in the oven on a baking sheet. Just to see if it makes a difference.

​Remember how I told you the bag wasn’t big enough? Well, when I separated the crackers into two one gallon sized bags, I needed to add more oil to the bag that didn’t have any seasoning on it. So, I used olive oil, and it was fine! I wouldn’t use all olive oil, but you could always use a quarter cup if you wanted to. 

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​Serving the Seasoned Crackers

Here’s the fun part! Once your crackers are “done” to your liking, serve them however you want!

​Next to a bowl of Pimento Cheese. 

​On a giant Grazing Board.

On a Cheeseboard or Charcuterie Board.

By themselves at your desk!

This savory cracker is so good any time of the day or night! 

You’ll want to make a double batch if you’re serving at the holidays, I promise these party crackers won’t last long!

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seasoned saltine crackers

Seasoned Saltine Crackers with Ranch (Easy Recipe)

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  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: american


  • 4 sleeves of Saltine Crackers
  • 1 3/4 cup Neutral Oil, vegetable or canola
  • 4 TBS Ranch Seasoning
  • 2 TBS Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
  • 1 TBS Red Pepper Flakes, optional


  1. Open a large, 2-gallon sized Ziplock bag and pour the four sleeves of crackers into the bag. I like to separate them from their “line up.”
  2. In a mason jar, pour in the 1 3/4 cups of oil, 4 tablespoons of Ranch seasoning, 2 tablespoons of Smokehouse Maple Seasoning, and 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Screw the lid on and give this a super good shake!
  3. Pour this seasoned oil mixture over the crackers, then zip the bag closed well!
  4. Now, you’ll flip the bag repeatedly to get all the crackers coated. Gently flip the bag! Do this for 2-3 minutes (set a timer if needed!).
  5. Then, leave it on your counter and flip it every hour or so. Let the oil and seasoned mixture work their magic for at least 8 hours; overnight is best.
  6. Serve however you’d like!
  7. I like to transfer my seasoned crackers to a fresh bag, that way my hands aren’t covered in seasoning each time I reach in for a “hit.”

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