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Siri's Fried Saltines

Cook Time:
10 mins
Prep Time:
5 mins
makes 40 crackers

Chef notes

This retro snack — made famous at the New York City bar McSorley's — is simple and yet surprisingly addicting. You'll have your guests begging you for the recipe!

Technique tip: Use a wooden chopstick to test if your oil is ready: If it sizzles when you insert the chopstick, then it's ready.

Swap option: For frying, if you don't have canola oil you can use sunflower, peanut or avocado oil.

Special equipment: A frying thermometer is useful but not necessary.


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • sliced sharp cheddar cheese
  • sliced white onions (optional)



Stir together garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl; set aside.


Heat oil in a deep pot until it reaches 350 F.


Fry the crackers in batches, about 2 to 3 minutes until they turn golden, using a slotted spoon to remove onto a wire rack.


Immediately sprinkle seasoning onto crackers. Serve alongside cheese and onion slices.