The No-Cook Southern Favorite I Can't Stop Eating|Recipes Spots

  • on December 1, 2023
The No-Cook Southern Favorite I Can't Stop Eating


Bowl of Alabama fire crackers surrounded by a bottle and glasses of beer and a light maroon table napkin
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood

You’re bound to see a wide bowl of these Alabama Fire Crackers at gatherings in certain areas of the South. These seasoned saltine crackers are jam-packed with flavor, delightfully salt, crunchy, and a little spicy. Basically, the perfect snack. They always make me want a cold beer.

They’re ideal for snacking—it’s hard to stop once you have one. The good news is that they’re so easy to make, so it’s OK if you go through the whole batch quickly.

To make Alabama Fire Crackers, you first make a seasoning mixture in a zip-top bag with oil, ranch seasoning, seasoning salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and other spices. Then add Saltine crackers into the bag, seal, and let the crackers marinate for a day. I give the bag a little jiggle every time I walk by so that the crackers get evenly coated.

I promise they won’t get soggy. Instead, the crackers will absorb the oil and seasonings and you’ll be left with the best snack ever.

Ideally, eating them plain is best. They’d also be delicious for dipping into pimento cheese, French onion dip, or with tinned fish. If you do have any left, crumble the crackers over mac and cheese, chili, chowder, or a salad.

Bowl of Alabama fire crackers surrounded by a bottle and glasses of beer and a light maroon table napkin
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood

Combine the ingredients:

In a large zip-top bag, add the oil, ranch seasoning, seasoning salt, dried parsley, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Seal well and shake to combine.

Add the saltines, seal the bag, and gently turn the bag until all the crackers are coated.

Seasoning and oil in a large ziploc bag for Alabama fire crackers recipe
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood
Saltines covered in seasoning oil in a large ziploc bag (zipped closed) for Alabama fire crackers recipe
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood

Rest and serve:

Let the bag sit at room temperature for 12 hours until the crackers fully absorb the oil, occasionally flipping the bag. Try to eat just one. I can’t!

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Alabama crackers poured into a bowl from the ziploc bag
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood
Bowl of Alabama fire crackers surrounded by a small plate with some crackers, bottle and glasses of beer and a light maroon table napkin
Simply Recipes / Photo by Jen Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Hannah Greenwood
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