One of my favorite appetizers! Dill pickles are dipped in a spiced batter and deep-fried! Fried pickles are a delicious snack best served with a side of ranch for dipping.
Looking for a tasty crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack? Then check out this fried pickle recipe for the perfect crispy salty treat! I originally created this classic southern style recipe for Tornadough Alli where I am a contributor. Be sure to serve with a side of ranch and watch out, they are addicting!
What are Fried Pickles?
Fried pickles are a common appetizer that originated in the South. A close relative to fried green tomatoes, tangy dill pickles are coated in a buttermilk batter and then deep-fried. This is not diet food my friends!
This is the perfect snack food all year round but especially great for having friends over for game day!
What kind of pickles should I use?
I suggest using your favorite dill pickle! You can opt to purchase whole dill pickles and then slice to your preferred thickness or purchase the pre-sliced pickles chips in a jar.
You want to avoid sweet pickles like bread and butter pickles. The sharp acidity from a dill pickle is going to pair nicely with the spice blend in the batter.
But if you have a classic homemade dill pickle recipe, that would probably taste amazing too!
What kind of equipment do I need?
You’ll need a large heavy-bottomed pot to deep fry your pickles. A dutch oven works great here.
If you have a deep fryer, that would be perfect!
You’ll also need a thermometer to ensure the temperature reaches 375 degrees when you are frying. This will ensure your fried pickles are nice and crispy without getting too soggy. Any type of food thermometer will work.
Fried Pickle Ingredients
You likely have most of these ingredients in your pantry! The only ingredient you’ll need to run to the store for is buttermilk.
- Vegetable Oil: The key ingredient for the perfect crunchy pickle! Some great alternatives are peanut or canola oil.
- Flour: Used for the dredging.
- Spice Blend: Paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper are all that is needed to spice up your flour mixture.
- Buttermilk: The perfect tangy ingredient to add tons of flavor to your batter.
- Eggs: Crucial for helping form the crispy coating to your fried pickles.
- Dill Pickle Chips: The star of the show here! Be sure to pat dry to ensure they don’t get soggy.
How to Make Fried Pickles
- Drain your pickles and pat dry with paper towels.
- Prepare your pot and preheat the oil to 375 degrees.
- Next, whisk together your dry ingredients and set aside.
- Whisk together your wet ingredients and set aside.
- Dredge your pickles in the dry ingredients, followed by the egg mixture, and finish with another coat of the flour mixture. Continue until all pickles are coated.
- Working in batches, carefully add the breaded pickles and cook for about 1 minute per side or until golden brown.
- Remove fried pickles and place them on a cooling rack. Continue for the remaining pickles. If you don’t have a wire cooling rack, use a baking sheet lined with paper towels to keep them from getting soggy.
- Serve them warm with a side of ranch dressing.
I can’t imagine anyone having leftovers! But they will be best stored in an airtight container lined with paper towels to catch any extra oil and prevent them from getting soggy.
Keep in the fridge and reheat in the oven or toaster oven to bring the crisp back to life. An air fryer would also be perfect here!
Don’t have pickle chips? Try frying pickle spears! Just be sure to allow the pickle to cook a bit longer. Keep an eye out for the perfect golden brown color.
This delicious batter would also work great for fried green tomatoes, chicken tenders, or onions slices!
More fun party food ideas here!
- You can’t go wrong with these Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings!
- Want to try something healthy? These Watermelon Radish Chips are a fun alternative to potato chips!
- This Fresh Mango Salsa is the best appetizer for any party.
- Vegetable Oil For frying
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 16 oz dill pickle chips drained and patted dry
- Prepare oil for frying by heating vegetable oil in a pan to medium high heat until it reaches 375 degrees.
- Meanwhile whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
- In another small bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
- One at a time, dip each pickle chip in the flour mixture first, followed by the egg mixture and finishing with another coat of the flour mixture. Continue until all pickle chips are coated.
- Working in small batches, carefully place the pickle chips in the heated oil and cook for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
- Remove the chips from the oil and place on a cooling rack. Continue this process until all pickle chips are cooked.
- Serve with ranch dressing.
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