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Ranch Swamp Fish Crackers

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Fun cheesy swamp fish crackers are coated in ranch, garlic and dill.  They are munchable and perfect as a snack or a great way to jazz up a bowl of soup.

close up of a bowl of colorful goldfish cracker coated in ranch seasoning.

Swamp crackers are crackers baked with a flavorful coating of ranch, dill and garlic. This cheesy goldfish cracker version is a fun twist on the classic recipe.

They are a perfect salty munchable snack, or add them to a bowl of soup to take it to the next level. Either way you plan to enjoy them, you should make a batch of these swamp fish crackers ASAP.

Snack Attack

Sometimes you just need a savory snack. Something salty with big flavor in a small package.

You know the kind of thing where your hand keeps reaching back into the bowl for a few more as if it didn’t have a choice. These are that thing!

bowl of oil with ranch seasoning mixed in.

Both my mom and mother-in-law make versions of something similar. My mom usually makes seasoned oyster crackers and likes to serve them when she is serving soup.

My mother-in-law makes seasoned Ritz Bitz. She’s been known to bring them as an appetizer/snack for our outdoor parties.

looking down on a bowl of ranch seasoned cheese crackers.

Both always get gobbled up and I wonder why I never think to make them. Then I did!

I was in the mood to make something simple and tasty. Everything that came to mind involved peanut butter and I knew a friend’s kiddo with a peanut allergy would be in attendance.

So I was trying to get off that train of thought.

school of cheddar fish crackers swimming across counter.

My other stipulation was I didn’t want to go to the store. I needed to settle on something using ingredients I already had.

That’s when it struck me. The bags of Goldfish crackers would be perfect coated in ranch.

I decided to amp up the dill and garlic flavor a bit because everyone loves the dilly ranch snack mix so much. Then these tasty little swamp fish emerged.

I don’t know who started calling those crackers swamp crackers, but I kind of love it in reference to these fish. While I might avoid eating a swampy fish regularly, in cracker form they are delicious.

Pile of colorful goldfish crackers baked in a dill and ranch spice mix.

Too delicious, possibly 😉 I will warn you that it is hard to stop munching on them once you get started.

What soups go with swamp crackers?

They are great as a stand alone snack, but I can also envision them floating on a bowl of potato chowder, chicken and black bean soup or cheeseburger soup.  Yum!

For another fun salty snack, try making some Parmesan ranch snack mix. It is loaded with crunchy goodies and savory flavors.

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close up of a bowl of colorful goldfish cracker coated in ranch seasoning.

Seasoned Goldfish Recipe

These seasoned goldfish crackers are coated in ranch, garlic and dill.  They are fun for a snack on their own or serve them with a bowl of soup. Either way, they are flavorful and delicious. They are also called swamp crackers, which we think is especially fun!
5 from 9 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 98 kcal


  • 1 ounce packet of ranch dip or dressing mix one packet
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 13 ounces goldfish crackers or similar


  • Preheat oven to 250°F
  • In a large bowl, mix together ranch, dill, garlic and oil.
    1 ounce packet of ranch dip or dressing mix, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 teaspoon dried dill weed, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Add crackers and stir to coat. Spread over a rimmed baking sheet.
    13 ounces goldfish crackers
  • Bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 114mgSugar: 1g
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Sherry Smith

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Just made these with my 3 year old grandson, he loved stirring all of this delicious snack ! Definitely going to make again in a couple of weeks for our camping trip , thank you for this easy recipe !


Thursday 26th of August 2021

I love that he got to help make them and I am so happy you liked them!


Sunday 9th of September 2018

Carlee, these look so fun and delish! My son would love to make these with me. Thank you so much for sharing at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!


Wednesday 19th of September 2018

They are a fun and quick snack to whip up. Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

These would be so addictive! My hand would be going back for more, and more, and more!


Saturday 8th of September 2018

It is definitely hard to stop!


Wednesday 29th of August 2018

How fun. We love ranch dressing, garlic and deal. These crackers sound wonderful.


Saturday 8th of September 2018

We do too! I hope you give them a go!


Friday 24th of August 2018

Hi Carlle, what a fun alternative to croutons! We may not get swampy or otherwise fish crackers here, but we do get cheesy and salty crackers.



Sunday 26th of August 2018

Cheesy and salty blended with dill, ranch and garlic is the perfect combo!