Ranch pretzels are a crunchy easy to make delicious snack. This simple recipe with just 3 ingredients is my solution to making unsalted pretzels palatable without raising the sodium too much (yes, you can use salted if you prefer). The pretzels are a delicious snack you can fix from pantry items in just minutes. Prep time is literally less than 5 minutes, then just bake 15 minutes in the oven. Fast and yummy!
Make this easy recipe for your Ranch loving friends and family. It's an amazing finger food appetizer, perfect to bake for a Game day party or family gathering. Kids love to bring these easy ranch pretzels in as school snacks too.
Ranch Pretzels - Lower Sodium Snack with Flavor
This easy ranch pretzel recipe starts with unsalted pretzels. I can't stand a plain unsalted pretzel, but most salted ones are way too salty and I end out picking off salt crystals. In this recipe dry ranch seasoning mix is coated on the pretzels to give them yummy ranch flavor and just a touch of salt. Yes, you can flavor your snacks with salad dressing mix.
If reducing sodium is not a concern for you simply use the regular salted pretzels. There are no changes needed to the ranch pretzels recipe.
Another healthy snack you may want to try is my Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe. Crunchy, low fat and fiber rich.
Types of Pretzels
While I chose small pretzels in a typical form, any shape will do. Bites, braids and seasonal shapes all work. Broken up rods are particularly good, in that the oil and seasoning will really stick to the open edges.
Ranch Seasoned Pretzels
I have coated the pretzels with my own homemade Ranch Seasoning mix. The amount of dry dressing used is equivalent to a packet of store bought Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix. So you can use that is you prefer. Of course, you will need to adjust the nutrition data if you go that route.
Variations of the Recipe
As I mentioned, you should feel free to use salted pretzels if you like. There are several other ways to zing these ranch pretzels up more beyond ranch salad dressing mix. See what you can do with simple ingredients additions.
- Try adding extra garlic powder into the seasoning for Garlic Ranch Pretzels. A ½ teaspoon garlic powder should be plenty to add to the batch.
- For a Spicy Ranch Pretzels snack, add a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the mixture.
- There is no gluten in the homemade dry ranch dressing, so if you buy gluten free pretzels the snack will be gluten free.
- If you are a fan of dill weed as I am, add an extra teaspoon of dried dill weed in with the coating.
- While I've opted for healthy fats from avocado or olive oil in this recipe, melted butter can also be used to make the seasoned pretzels. Vegetable or canola oil are fine if you prefer.
How to Make Ranch Pretzels
Here is how to make these quick and delicious seasoned pretzels. Make a double batch of the easy snack for a party. They go fast! You can the print recipe card below.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Bake Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients You'll Need for the Ranch Pretzels Recipe:
Yes, just three simple ingredients in this easy to make delicious snack recipe!
- 10-12 ounce bag of Pretzel Twists, unsalted - Swap the mini pretzels for pretzel sticks or salted if you want. I would not get large pretzels though, as they would be difficult to toss in the seasoning.
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil - As mentioned, melted butter or ghee can be used. Actually, pretty much any vegetable oil can be. I personally prefer to use avocado oil in most of my cooking.
- 2 tablespoons of homemade Ranch Seasoning mix - Yes, you can use store bought Hidden Valley Ranch if you insist...lol. One packet of Hidden Valley would be equivalent to the amount used in the recipe. I do encourage you to make your own ranch dressing mix though. It's easy and worth it
- Baking or cookie sheet
- large bowl
- Parchment paper is recommended, but not required.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have any, just skip it. The liner only makes for easier clean-up.
Dump the bag of pretzels in a large mixing bowl. Take the oil and pour over pretzels, then stir to mix or toss together with your hands to coat.
Sprinkle the seasoning over the coated pretzels a bit at a time to avoid clumps, while you mix them together.
Now pour the coated pretzels on your prepared sheet pan and spread around. Don't worry if a few pretzels lay on top.
Bake for 15 minutes in your preheated oven. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving the pretzels.
Storing the Ranch Pretzels
Simply put the seasoned pretzels in an airtight container or sealed plastic bags with air pushed out before closing. They will last at least a week.
Enjoy making this easy ranch pretzels recipe for your family and friends! If they love ranch they may not be able to stop eating them...lol
Seasoned Pretzels Variations
While I am a huge fan of Ranch flavored pretzels, there are plenty of other options you can make other snack recipes with the same easy method.
- Try using lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning or Pumpkin pie spice on a batch of pretzels. Even onion powder or garlic powder alone (or with grated Parmesan cheese) are tasty choices.
- Oyster crackers, saltines or broken up large pretzel rods can also be seasoned this way.
Dips for your Pretzels
Here are a few easy dips to team up with your easy ranch pretzels. All are great for game day, parties and holidays.
- Roasted Red Pepper Ranch Dip
- Avocado Lime Ranch
- Creamy French Onion Dip
- Seasoned Sour Cream Dip Recipe
- Roasted Carrot Hummus Recipe
- Creamy Sriracha Dip
- Yum Yum Sauce
Ranch Pretzel Recipe
- baking / cookie sheet
- large bowl
- parchment paper (optional)
- 10-12 oz bag of Pretzel Twists unsalted - Mini pretzels are ideal. Feel free to swap a different shape, such as pretzel sticks or get salted.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter or oil of choice
- 2 tablespoons Ranch Seasoning or one packet of store bought dry mix
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have any, just skip it. The liner only makes for easier clean-up.
- Dump the bag of pretzels into a big mixing bowl. Pour oil or butter over pretzels, then toss with your hands to coat.
- Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix over the oil coated pretzels a bit at a time to avoid clumps.
- Now pour the coated pretzels on your lined cookie sheet and spread around. Don't worry if a few lay on top.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Then let cool and serve.