This golden brown, perfectly seasoned and crunchy Fried Pickles Recipe will become your absolute favorite snack and appetizer for game days and more! So easy to make and absolutely irresistible, you will love every single bite! Want more fun fried snack foods like these?
Southern folk absolutely love their fried food. Green tomatoes, shrimp, chicken or pimento cheese balls, the list goes on and on. You name it, we can fry it. There’s simply nothing better than biting into a battered, crispy exterior to reach the delicious filling of your choice. Although it may not be the most nutrient rich food it’s a blessing to the tastebuds.
State fairs across the country, but primarily in the Midwest and the South, have become famous for their outrageous fried foods. Sticks of butter, candy bars, slices of pie and Twinkies are just a few of the fried delicacies you can find at these fairs. But one of the most notoriously tasty options are Fried Pickles.
The Heart and Soul of the Best Fried Pickles Recipe
Cuisine Inspiration: Southern Comfort Savor the South with crispy, golden fried pickles, a comforting classic!
Primary Cooking Method: Frying These tangy treats achieve their crunch through perfect frying.
Dietary Info: Vegetarian, Gluten-free options Inclusive for vegetarians and adaptable for the gluten-sensitive!
Key Flavor: Tangy Crunch A delightful dance of sour pickles in a crispy, spicy coat.
Skill Level: Easy Simple and straightforward, ideal for any cooking level!
- Quick Fix: From fridge to table in a flash!
- Crowd Pleaser: Watch them disappear at any gathering.
- Dip Partner: Ranch or spicy mayo? Dip away!
- Snack Versatility: Great as a snack or a flavorful side.
- Cooking Fun: A joy to make, solo or with company!
What Are Fried Pickles?
To many people the concept of Fried Pickles seems quite strange and maybe even unappetizing. But I promise they are worth the risk. Juicy, salty, greasy and bursting with a slightly acidic juice, these little slices of heaven are the perfect bar style appetizer. The history of these salty treats goes back just about sixty years and today they are one of the most interesting recipes in Southern cuisine.
Just like any other person, I have my vices. I watch trashy television, I leave my clean laundry in the basket way too long before it’s put away and I love greasy food. At the end of a long week I love nothing more than to turn on Real Housewives and take down a cheeseburger and french fries. Fried Pickles is one of my favorite junk food treats and today I’m sharing that treat with you.
H2> What You’ll Need for Those Crunchy Fried Pickles:
- Whole Dill Pickles: The star of the show! We’re talking that tangy goodness.
- Large Eggs: Beaten and ready to mingle. They’re the glue in this tasty situation.
- Hot Sauce: Because life needs spice, right? Add that kick!
- All-Purpose Flour: The classic coat-maker, keeping things adhesively delicious.
- Yellow Cornmeal: This buddy brings the CRUNCH. Golden, grainy goodness.
- Seasoned Salt: Flavor town’s passport, if you will. Essential? Absolutely.
- Black Pepper: A dash of spicy, earthy pep to jazz things up.
- Garlic Powder: Oh, the aromatic magic! It’s a can’t-miss.
- Cayenne Pepper (optional): For those who dare! Turn up the heat, or skip if you’re tender-tongued.
- Neutral Oil for Frying: Think peanut, vegetable, canola – they’re the sizzle squad!
How To Make Fried Pickles
Preheat your cooking oil of choice to 350 degrees in an 8 quart pot. While your oil heats up drain your pickles of their juice and slice them into ¼ inch slices. Lay your pickles on paper towels and allow them to dry off, this allows the batter to stick to your pickles better.
Grab two medium sized bowls and mix together your wet ingredients in one and your dry ingredients in the other.
When you’re ready to fry dip your pickles into the egg mixture, allow the excess to drip off and then toss them in the flour mixture. Lay your pickles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drop a few of them into the oil at a time. Do not overcrowd your fryer or the pickles will not achieve their optimum crispiness.
Serve your pickles with sauce options of your choice or simply sprinkle them with a little extra seasoning and enjoy!
How to Store
Storing those leftover fried pickles is a smart move, but keeping them crispy is the real game! Place ’em in a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate, cover loosely with foil, and tuck away in the fridge. They’re best enjoyed within a day or two, so don’t let them sit too long!
Reheating time? The oven or air fryer is your best buddy. Preheat it to 375°F (190°C), spread the pickles on a baking sheet in a single layer, and give them about 6-10 minutes to get back that irresistible crunch. Avoid the microwave, y’all – soggy pickles are no fun!
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Fried Pickles Recipe
- 16 oz whole dill pickles
- 3 large eggs beaten
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
- Neutral oil for frying peanut, vegetable, canola, etc
- Preheat about 2-inches of oil in a large (8 quart) pot to 350°F. Prepare a tray with double paper towel stack. Set aside.
- Drain pickle juice from pickles then cut the pickles into ¼ inch slices.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg and hot sauce and set aside.
- In another bowl, add flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne and whisk to combine.
- Add pickle slices to eggs then dip into flour mixture then shake off excess then lay on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Drop pickles in hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.