Fried Pickles are a delicious appetizer that can be found at many restaurants. This fried pickle recipe is simple to follow and only requires a few ingredients, so why not make them at home instead?
Where are my dill pickle lovers at?! If you're looking for a delicious and easy appetizer to serve at your next party, look no further than this fried pickles recipe!
It's simple and crowd-pleasing, if not a little controversial. Plus, frying pickles is a great way to show off your cooking skills to your friends and family.
All you need is some dill pickles, flour, cornstarch, egg wash, milk, vegetable oil, and your favorite dipping sauce. Follow these steps to create a batch of crispy fried pickles that are perfect for snacking or as an appetizer at your next party. Enjoy!
What are fried pickles made of?
Fried pickles are made of pickles that have been breaded and fried. The breading usually consists of flour, cornstarch, and seasonings. Read on to find the recipe for my version of fried pickles with a bit of a kick!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Dill Pickle Slices
- All Purpose Flour
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Creole Seasoning
- Large Egg
- Whole Milk
- Vegetable Oil for frying
How to Make this Fried Pickles Recipe
Prepare. Add oil to frying pot and start to heat to 375°F. Take the Dill Pickle Slices and dry well with a paper towel.
Assemble. Add the milk and egg to a bowl and mix well (egg wash). In another bowl, mix the flour and cornstarch. Then add the seasoning and mix that into the flour and cornstarch mix.
First, take a dill pickle slice, drop it into the flour, coat well, and then dip it into the egg wash quickly. Finally, drop it into the flour mixture again.
Do this with about ten slices. You don't want to fry too many at once, or they may stick together.
Cook. Once the oil has reached 375°F, drop the pickle slices into the oil. Fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Finish. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with your favorite dip, like Ranch or Ketchup.
Tips for Success
Here's how to make sure your deep fried pickles turn out perfect!
- Use a thermometer. Make sure your oil is at the correct temperature before frying.
- Don't overcrowd. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan when frying pickles or they may stick together.
- Use a slotted spoon. Use a slotted spoon to remove fried pickles from hot oil, and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Substitutions and Variations
This is an excellent recipe as-is, but here are some ideas for variation:
Change up the seasonings. If you don't have Creole seasoning, you could use Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or your favorite blend of spices. Try different dipping sauces.
Use pickle spears. If you prefer, you could use pickle spears instead of slices.
Breaded pickles. If you want a crispier coating, you could bread the pickles with panko bread crumbs.
Sweet pickles. If you want a sweeter fried pickle, you could use sweet pickles.
Try an air fryer. If you have an air fryer, you can cook these pickles in the basket. Preheat to 400°F and cook for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.
Oven-fried pickles. If you don't want to fry them, you could try oven-fried pickles. Preheat your oven to 425°F and bake on a large baking sheet for 15 minutes until golden brown.
What to Serve with Fried Pickle Chips
If you are having a get-together and would like to pair your pickles with some other tasty appetizers, here are some ideas!
- French Fries
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Onion Rings
- Pickled Green Tomatoes
- Chicken Wings
- Jalapeno Poppers
Fried pickles are delicious on their own, but if you want to take them to the next level, serve them with a dipping sauce. Here are some of our favorites:
- Spicy Ranch Dip
- Blue Cheese Dip
- Chili Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Creamy Sauce
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Fried pickles are best fresh and hot, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and reheat at 400 degrees until warmed through. You can also reheat in the air fryer at 360 degrees F for 2 minutes. If not completely warmed through, heat in 15-30 seconds intervals until warm.
Can you reheat fried pickles in an air fryer?
Yes! If you have an air fryer, reheating is easy. Place the pickles in your air fryer basket in a single layer and reheat at 360 degrees for 2 minutes until warm.
Can I Freeze This Recipe?
Technically yes, you can freeze fried pickles, but they won't be as crisp when reheated and we don't really recommend it.
To freeze, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer to an airtight container and keep frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, reheat in the oven at 400 degrees F until warmed through.
They’re not exactly healthy. First, there’s the sodium in the pickles, and anything fried like that is not good for you. However, a treat here and there typically doesn’t hurt. Moderation is key right!
The best oil for frying pickles is vegetable oil. This type of oil has a high smoke point, which means it can be heated to a high temperature without smoking or burning. Peanut oil is another favorite frying oil that we like to use.
The key to keeping fried pickles crispy is ensuring they are dry before frying and frying them at the correct temperature. Pickles are naturally full of water, so it is important to dry them well before frying. I like to use paper towels for this step.
Also, the oil should be heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the pickles. If the oil is too hot, the pickles will burn on the outside but be raw on the inside. If the oil is not hot enough, the pickles will soak up too much oil and be greasy. I like to use a candy thermometer to check the temperature of the oil.
We like ranch, ketchup, Outback blooming onion sauce, remoulade sauce, and aioli.
Absolutely! Just follow the same process for frying pickle spears.
Due to the oil and typical ingredients that are used in the batter, leftover fried pickles should be kept in the refrigerator.
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- 2 cups dill pickle slices
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (optional)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup whole milk
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Add oil to frying pot and start to heat to 375 degrees F.
- Pat the dill pickle slices dry with paper towels.
- Add the milk and egg to a bowl and beat well.
- In another bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and Creole seasoning.
- Take a dill pickle slice and drop it into the flour. Turn to coat well, the dip it quickly into the egg wash. Drop it back into the flour mixture again, turning to coat. Repeat with about 10 pickle slices. You don't want to fry too many at once or they may stick together.
- Once the oil has reached 375 degrees F, carefully drop the battered pickle slices into the hot oil. Fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove the pickles from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining pickles.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce like ranch, ketchup, Outback blooming onion sauce, aioli, remoulade, etc.
- Oil: The best oil for frying pickles is vegetable oil. This type of oil has a high smoke point, which means it can be heated to a high temperature without smoking or burning. Peanut oil is another favorite frying oil that we like to use.
- Storage: Fried pickles are best fresh and hot, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and reheat at 400 degrees until warmed through. You can also reheat in the air fryer at 360 degrees F for 2 minutes. If not completely warmed through, heat in 15-30 seconds intervals until warm.