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Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers

Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers – An easy recipe for crunchy oyster crackers (or saltines) tossed in a bold seasoning blend with a hint of spiciness. Perfect for parties or snacking!

side up close view of bowl with spicy ranch oyster crackers overflowing

Just like the table decor, the snacks should match the party, right?

Hearty appetizers are a must-have for big holidays. There are always one or two fancy hors d’oeuvres before dinner parties. Of course, gotta have stacks of carbs and cheesy dips for game day.

And we often bake (semi-homemade) snack crackers with delightful seasonings for those fabulous casual get-togethers with friends and family!

overhead view of two bowls with spicy ranch oyster crackers

Spicy Ranch Seasoned Oyster Crackers

A few large bowls brimming with crispy, flavorful, and addicting little crackers really sets the tone of a gathering. And trust me, these Spicy Ranch Seasoned Oyster Crackers absolutely say welcome to the fun with every crunchy bite.

They are almost homemade, but with no real effort. The ridiculously easy 5 ingredient recipe (if you can call it that) is made with either packaged oyster or saltine crackers, oil, and just a few key seasonings.

Doctoring the crackers with ranch dressing mix, extra garlic, and crushed red pepper, gives them a bold and zesty flavor no one can resist!

hand holding small batch of spicy ranch oyster crackers

5 Ingredients You Need

That’s right, there are only 5 simple ingredients in this fun-tastic party snack recipe.

  • Oyster crackersor saltines
  • Ranch seasoningthose classic seasoning packets
  • Crushed red pepperfor that spicy kick
  • Garlic powderhelps to bright together the tangy ranch and spicy flavors
  • Vegetable oilor light olive oil
boxes of crackers with ranch dip packet and spices

How to Make Spicy Ranch Crackers

Below are easy steps for making spicy ranch oyster crackers and seasoned saltines. Choose whichever crackers you prefer… Or hey, make both to really pump up the party!

NOTE: Because saltines are flatter and denser than oyster crackers, they require a bit more oil and rest time. But the results are irresistible!

Whether making spicy ranch oyster crackers or saltine crackers, the first step is to place the crackers in a large gallon zip bag.

Add in the ranch mix powder, crushed red pepper, and garlic powder. Shake the bag a little to distribute the seasoning. 

Pour the oil into the bag. Zip and gently shake the crackers around to coat them evenly in seasoning.

Allow the oyster crackers for rest for 30 minutes in the seasoning.

For saltines, it’s best to let them rest in the oil and seasoning for at least 3 hours, or even overnight!

Get the Complete (Printable) Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe Below. Enjoy!

saltines coated in oil and spices in a plastic ziplock bags

Next, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Baking on low is what infuses the ranch and spicy goodness into the crackers, and keeps them crunchy without drying out.

Set out 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Spread the crackers over the surface of the baking sheets.

baking sheet with oil and spicy ranch oyster crackers spread out evenly

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Cool the spicy ranch crackers completely before serving or storing them for later.

slight overhead shot of spicy ranch oyster crackers in two bowls

Recipe Variations

  • Add more or less red pepper flakes to make these baked ranch crackers more or less spicy.
  • We love big zesty ranch flavors, but there are nearly limitless flavor combinations you can include! Swap this recipe’s spices with Italian seasoning, Indian roasted garam masala, or Cajun blackened seasoning.
  • Easily make this a GF-friendly snack recipe by using gluten free oyster crackers or saltines.
  • Having a small, intimate gathering? Halve the recipe! Planning to have some seriously hungry party people? Double the ingredients!
saltines baked with seasonings in stacks

Serving and Storage Suggestions

These crazy tasty spicy ranch oyster crackers are great to keep on hand for a quick afternoon snack. I love to make a batch over the weekend to crunch on throughout the week before dinner!

Home-baked seasoned crackers will keep well in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

Include a bowl (or two) on the coffee table with other favorite watch party munchies like baked zucchini chips or homemade kettle corn.

Spicy ranch saltines or oyster crackers can also bring some casual flair to an elevated charcuterie board! Serve them alongside giardiniera pickled vegetables, mini cheese boards, or antipasto skewers.

overhead view of spicy ranch oyster crackers in bowls with red napkins

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Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Spicy ranch oyster crackers or saltines are tossed with bold seasonings. This easy recipe is perfect for parties or snack attacks!
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the crackers in a large gallon zip bag. Add in the ranch mix powder, crushed red pepper, and garlic powder. Shake the bag a little to distribute the seasoning.
  • Pour the oil into the bag. Zip and gently shake the crackers around to coat them evenly in seasoning. Allow the oyster crackers for rest for 30 minutes in the seasoning. (For saltines, it’s best to let them rest in the oil and seasoning for at least 3 hours, or even overnight!)
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Set out 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Spread the oyster crackers over the surface of the baking sheets.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool completely before placing in an airtight storage container.

Notes

Because saltines are flatter and denser than oyster crackers, they require more oil and rest time. But the results are irresistible!
Keep cooled crackers stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1oz, Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 315mg, Potassium: 69mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 297IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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One comment on “Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers”

  1. these are super good! I did half with the crushed red pepper and half with just the ranch and both are amazing!