Fire Crackers

spicy fire crackers are saltines with spices that create a tasty snack aboard your boat

Oh, so addictive! And easy to make. This recipe scales well…more coming aboard? No problem. 

This Southern snack is a favorite with everyone who likes a little “kick”. Reduce or increase the pepper flakes and cayenne to control the heat. These spices do not “burn” a long time so even those who are not big fans of the heat will like these fire crackers. Perfect with a cool sweet drink like Easy Sangria

Catamaran Guru’s very own, Sharon Shields, shared this savory cracker recipe with us…and now you!


  • 1 box (4 sleeves) saltine crackers
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 ¾ cups canola oil (must be canola to keep crackers crispy)
headshot of the contributor of this recipe sharon shields of catamaran guru


  1. Stack crackers in large rectangular container, stacked like they are in the sleeves.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over crackers. Leave in container for several hours, occasionally rotating to distribute seasonings and oil.
  3. Restack in baking dish, bake 15-20 minutes at 250 degrees.
  4. Cool and serve alone or with cheese, ranch dip, blue cheese, soup, or salad.


  1. If your crackers are really fresh and humidity is not super high, you might can get away without baking. The key is using canola oil…no other kind.
  2. You can assemble as described above, but it can be easier to distribute the oil and spices if you use a big 2-gallon zip-loc bag.
  3. Place crackers in bag the drizzle the oil mixture over the crackers.
  4. Seal the bag and every time you walk by the back turn it gently so you don’t break the crackers.
  5. About an hour before you are ready to serve them check to see if they require baking…if crisp, re-seal the bag until you are ready to serve.


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