Fried pickles are the super fun county fair recipe that can be made at home!
Pickle slices, spears, or chips are dipped in seasoned bread crumbs and deep-fried until golden and crispy.
This fried pickles recipe (frickles?) is perfect for snacking, dipping, or adding to a burger. Kids love them!
Fried Pickles Make a Great Snack or Appetizer
- Homemade fried pickles are so simple to make and taste great!
- This recipe makes a light and crispy exterior with a zesty dill pickle inside.
- Make in batches and keep them warm in the oven.
- Serve crispy deep-fried pickles with your favorite dips: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or some Blue Cheese Dressing, homemade aioli, or chipotle aioli for a twist!
Ingredients & Variations
PICKLES: Choose your pickle! Deep-fried pickles can be made from pickle slices, oval slices, or spears, any style will work. Spicy, sour, or garlic pickles are all easy to find and will make pickle chips a new recipe every time.
Pickle Tip: Ensure you’re using thicker slices (or slice the pickles yourself). If they’re too thin you won’t get enough pickle-y flavor in every bite.
Use pickle spears for more pickle in every bite, deep fry pickle slices to top burgers and sandwiches, and try coins or rounds for easy snacking!
SEASONINGS: The batter is lightly seasoned with paprika and pepper (and optional dill). For a more distinct flavor, add a teaspoon or two of a DIY blend to the batter like Lemon Pepper Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning.
How to Make Fried Pickles
Homemade deep-fried pickles are super easy to make!
- Combine batter ingredients (per the recipe below) and let rest for about 5 minutes.
- Pat pickle slices dry, dip each piece in the batter, then into the breadcrumbs.
- Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown. Serve with ranch dip or aioli.
Tips for Crispy Fried Pickles
- For best results, only use a little of the breadcrumbs at a time to keep them from getting too wet from the batter.
- Choose an oil that is specifically made for frying like vegetable oil, shortening, or lard. These oils have a higher ‘smoke point’ and can tolerate higher temperatures.
- Always make sure the oil is hot enough to cook with, or else the pickles will simply absorb the oil and they won’t be crunchy.
- Reheat leftover deep-fried dill pickles in an air fryer or place them under the broiler until they get crispy again.
Dips and Sauce for Fried Dill Pickles
Anything creamy is a good choice. I personally like dips that have a little hint of heat. While you can use a store-bought dip, homemade is much better!
- Ranch Dip – Classic and simple and SO good!
- Chipotle Aioli – Creamy and delicious with a little kick!
- Creamy Blue Cheese Dip – Classic for a good reason, pairs perfectly with crispy deep-fried pickles.
- Creamy Jalapeno Dip – This easy dip is made in the blender and is perfect to prep ahead of time.
Did you make these Deep Fried Pickles? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Crispy Fried Dill Pickles
- Sandwich sliced dill pickles about 12 slices
- 1-2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dill optional
- Preheat oil to 360-370°F.
- Combine all batter ingredients and stir until smooth, let sit at least 5 minutes.
- Dab pickle slices on paper towels to dry them. Place about ½ cup of Panko bread crumbs in a bowl (add more as needed). (If they get wet, they don’t stick so it’s best to work in small batches.)
- Dip each pickle slice in the wet batter and then gently toss in the bread crumbs, let sit for a minute or so, this will allow the crumbs to stick better.
- Fry in small batches for 3-4 minutes or until brown and crispy.
- Serve with ranch dip.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
Adapted from Youtube