Fried Pickles Recipe
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This Fried Pickles Recipe makes a perfectly pleasing palatable plate of goodness. Sliced and coated with seasoned flour and deep-fried. Serve them as an appetizer or a fun side dish at your next party, and watch them disappear!
It seems that just about every food known has been fried. Some successful. Others, not so much. Most fried foods, I can take a bite or two, and that’s enough, I can take it or leave it. But there are other fried foods, like mushrooms, onions, or these Fried Pickles have a flavor and texture combination that just seems right. And to take one bite or two isn’t the easiest thing to do. For that reason, we don’t prepare fried foods on a regular basis. Everything in moderation and all of that.
When we do fry something, we make sure that it’s worth the extra calories and fat. These Fried Pickles are worth it in our opinion, or as they refer to tasty things around our area, they’re “good eating.” Of course, don’t forget the Comeback Sauce (very similar to Zax Sauce) for dipping. It’s an essential partner for Fried Pickles. It just is.
How to make fried pickles?
- In a medium bowl, add the flour and the Italian seasoning garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix those. Pour the water and hot sauce in the flour and whisk until creamy.
- Cut the pickles on slices, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Add oil into the pan and preheat over medium heat.
- Transfer the dried pickles into the batter using a slotted spoon, let the excess drip off. Add the pickles one by one in the preheated oil and fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Tips for Fried Pickles Recipe:
- One of the most important steps of this recipe is allowing the pickles to dry off. The batter will adhere to them better and reduce spattering too.
- These Fried Pickles are little on the spicy side—not too hot, but subtly spicy. I think it’s just the perfect amount of kick (it’s a small itsy bitsy teeny weeny kick), but if you’re concerned about the amount of heat, adjust hot sauce amount to preference, or delete the hot sauce altogether, substituting a little pickle juice or water in its place.
- A thermometer to monitor oil temperature when frying is a must. Guessing when the oil is at the correct temperature isn’t a good idea.
- The right tools make all the difference in a smooth frying experience or a huge mess. A large spoon strainer or Chinese Spider is so helpful when deep-frying at home.
- Serious Eats has a great article about wok deep frying. You’ll find some great tips for deep frying at home with a wok that works for any deep frying.
These crispy pickles are one of the most delicious fried treats. They can be enjoyed as an appetizer, added to food boards, or served as a side dish with almost any meal.
As an appetizer, fried pickles can be served with the ultimate go-to comeback sauce. We do love appetizers, especially for entertaining. A few of our favorites, such as simple mustard dipping sauce, easy baba ghanoush recipe made with roasted eggplant, garlic, and tahini, are a great additions to an appetizer spread as well. You can also serve fried pickles as a side dish with sweet and spicy glazed salmon, crispy fried chicken, chicken kabobs, or added into burgers instead of regular pickles.
More delicious appetizer and snack recipes:
Perfect Deviled Eggs
Wrapped Pineapple Bites
Polenta Pizzas Recipe
Cucumber hummus cups
Coq Au Vin Recipe
Fried Pickles Recipe
Fried Pickles Recipe
Fried Pickles are a wonderful flavor and texture combination and perfect for an appetizer or side dish.
- oil for frying (vegetable or peanut)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (Greek seasoning or your favorite seasoning medley may be substituted)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 16 ounces dill pickle slices, drained and dried on paper towels
- Heat 1 1/2-2 inches oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat to 375-degrees F.
- In a shallow bowl or rimmed plate, whisk together flour, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add hot sauce and water and mix until smooth.
- Working in batches, add dried pickles to the batter, gently toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon (or Chinese Spider), remove pickles from the batter and let excess drip off. Gently add pickles to the oil one at a time. Fry for about 1 1/2-2 minutes or until golden. Remove and let drain on paper towels. Monitor oil temperature as batches are frying to maintain consistent 375-degrees F.
- Serve with Comeback Sauce and/or ketchup.
Can these be air fried?
Fried pickles are my guilty pleasure! I am excited to try this recipe. I especially love how you added hot sauce to the recipe, that is such a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing!
Can I do onions in this batter ?
Yes you can. better to use seltzer water for the water so it puffs. it is the secret of all fair food stands who make blooming onions and corndogs.
Just made these. Super easy and delicious!! I don’t like spicy things so I used 1 tsp of hot sauce and they were so good!
This recipe was SO great!!!! It turned out so crunchy! I left it in the pot for a long time until it got super golden and crispy! Highly recommend making this!
My wife tried it yesternight. She always do anything best ever even for the first time. Thanks to your recipe much – she said
Great recipe for fried pickles. Made some yesterday and I will definitely be making them again. The only thing I didn’t add was the sugar.
There wasn’t sugar in this recipe 🤔
Can I use buttermilk instead of regular milk? How much? 1 cup also?
You may use regular milk, but it will taste different. Substitute with same amount.
Mine came out kinda mushy but they are golden almost look burnt did I maybe do something wrong?
I usually make fried pickles with buttermilk but this recipe didn’t ask for buttermilk or regular milk. It’s says water sooooo was that changed along the line somewhere?
I made these in my air fryer and they turned out great! Only adjustment was adding a couple tablespoons of oil to the bottom tray so they would “fry”. Delicious!
Love these!!!! They turned out great!! They were a hit at the super bowl party!!! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!!
These were so darn good!! I had to be careful because I almost bit my finger while eating them. Very easy to make too! Thanks again for making simple things interesting.
Thanks for sharing this recipe, Amy! These sound so good! I’ve had fried green tomatoes, but never fried pickles. I think I’ll add them to my list of apps for Super Bowl Sunday. 🙂
Delicious! First ever fried pickle try at home for super bowl. My pickles were a bit too sour so I think I’ll have to try a couple different brands 🙂
Thanks for the recipe!
They came out great!
may I ask what the nutritional info is? how many calories and serving size? I can’t find it.
I don’t have the nutrition facts for this recipe. There are nutrition calculators online that you can pop the ingredients into to get the facts.
First time making homemade fried pickles, and this was a hit! The breading made like a bed around the pickle. The boys loved it, there was none left!
these were so good!! making these i realized how easy it is and honestly how much restaurants and stuff overcharge!! this recipe was SO SO simple and delicious! note: i let them fry for a little longer, about 4-5 minutes to get them super crunchy like the restaurants do! i made them with sriracha as my hot sauce and ugh i just can’t get over how good!
Girl, ketchup? KETCHUP?!?!?
Every southern knows, it’s RANCH!
No matter what is fried, you eat it with Ranch!
The zax sauce or variations of it can be acceptable
but anything else is treason!
Ha, ha! My son would agree.
Oh this is a great fried recipe, I want to try it with a sweet and spicy sauce.
AMY, have you tried this?
I’m not sure what happened with mine but they turned out kinda mushy. Any advice?
The only advice I can give is to make sure your oil is to the correct temperature before adding the pickles.