Crispy Fried Dill Pickles

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If you’ve never had Fried Pickles before, you’ve been missing out!!

They’re crispy crunchy and loaded with that dill pickle flavor we all love so much!

You won’t believe how easy these are to make and how much delicious dill pickle flavor they have!

This fried pickles recipe uses a combination of batter along with Panko bread crumbs for the perfect crunch!  We love a ranch dipping sauce for this yummy snack!

Crispy Fried Dill Pickles recipe. This easy deep fried pickles recipe means I don't have to go to the restaurant to get my fix of these now!

Fried pickles are the ultimate game day snack and truly one of our all time favorite snacks!! Who can resist a tangy dill pickle in a crispy crunch panko crust?!  (Not me, that’s for sure)!

I tried deep fried pickles for the first time at a restaurant while travelling and I’ve been hooked ever since. I haven’t found anyone who makes excellent fried pickles near me so I decided to make my own!

I am telling you, these are my newest addiction!  (And I may or may not have had a few fried pickles for breakfast today with my coffee…  but I won’t say for sure). 

You can use any type of dill pickles (sweet pickles don’t have the same impact as a tangy dill pickle) to make these.

Rounds, slices, spears or halves all work but I always choose the sandwich slices because I like the size of them plus they’re perfect for dipping!

What Kind of Sauce Goes with 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!

  • Buttermilk Ranch Dip  Classic and simple.  This homemade dip tastes so much better than store bought and is the perfect fried pickle dipper!
  • Chipotle Garlic Sauce Creamy and delicious with a little kick!
  • Creamy Blue Cheese Dip This simple and easy dip is a classic for a good reason and it goes perfectly with crispy deep fried pickles.
  • Creamy Jalapeno Dip This easy dip is made in the blender and perfect to prep ahead of time.

I take the pickles and dab them dry on a paper towel to help keep them from getting soggy.

Next a simple batter is created (you can most certainly use beer batter if you prefer (I love this beer batter recipe)) and then finally a sprinkle of Panko bread crumbs which is the magic ingredient here!  They add an amazing crunch to these pickles.

You if you’d like, you can add your favorite seasonings into the batter as well.  We add dill and paprika but adding a dash of garlic powder or cayenne pepper is great too!

Crispy Fried Dill Pickles recipe. This easy deep fried pickles recipe means I don't have to go to the restaurant to get my fix of these now!


If you were looking for an easy deep fried pickles recipe, you’ve found it!

fried dill pickles with dip
4.86 from 54 votes
Review Recipe

Crispy Fried Dill Pickles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Crispy Deep Fried Pickles!! If you’ve never tried these, they have to go on your MUST TRY list! Delicious!


  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill optional

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  • Preheat oil to 360-370 degrees 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 1/2 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.

Recipe Notes

*Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients used and temperature of oil. 
*Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 330
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  1. I used spears and used gluten free flour in the batter. My only issue was that the batter didn’t seem quite thick enough. I thoroughly dried my spears but the batter was a little too much on the liquid side. Other than that they turned out great. I did use the suggestion of another and used old bay seasoning (in place of the other seasoning) and there was enough batter for two jars of spears (I did have to add a little extra breadcrumbs).4 stars

  2. Seriously delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out fantastic! I will definitely be making these again soon.5 stars

  3. I made some fried pickles. I thought I would save time by using some prepackaged Panko crumbs……Don’t ever do that! Mine were ruined. I never even thought to look at the sodium content. So when we went to bite into them the they looked great and the texture was perfect, but all we tasted was salt. It was terrible. This brand I chose ended up having almost 1000mg of sodium. Next time I’ll just take the time and do it right.5 stars

    1. So glad you enjoyed the pickles Pam. I am going to have to try the batter with fried green tomatoes, that does sound good!

      1. Worked beautifully. I made pickle spears, not slices but the batter coated really well and the taste was sooooo good. Used a bit of A&W seasoning salt after they came out of the fryer too. Super easy, gonna make these for a crowd sometime… probably going to need to make a LOT since they are delicious.5 stars

    1. You’re welcome Yvonne! Isn’t it the best when you have everything in your pantry already?!

    1. While I have only made this recipe as written I believe the fried pickles would be awesome in the air fryer Katen!

  4. Love these!!!! They turned out great!! They were a hit at the super bowl party!!! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!!5 stars

  5. I omitted the panko bread crumbs because the first time I tried this recipe, the breadcrumbs scratched up the roof of my mouth! So if you plan on eating more than 6 of these fried pickle spears, here’s your word of caution!4 stars

  6. 1st time I made these and were perfect! Husband loved them! I had leftover coating but next time I will make for company! Thanks so much!5 stars

  7. I looked at several recipes before settling on this one. It seemed more like what our local restaurant makes and what we wanted to replicate. OMG, this recipe is better. We used kosher dill pickles that you get in the barrel at your local deli or food store. Way to go Spend with Pennies. This was spot on and the first time I used Panko bread crumbs (really!!). I used the rest of the batter and Panko to make chicken fries. They were amazing too!! Thank you. I have a new food crush on these, and will be using Panko more often.

  8. These r the bomb right now bc im n my 9th week of prenancy and am strating to get cravings all i can say is yum

    1. Make make a whole bunch of them. Then place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and stick them in the freezer then after they’re frozen put them in a ziplock bag. Then cook them as directed

  9. Wow! Tried these tonight for the Super Bowl, and they were excellent! Better than my favorite restaurant version, can’t wait to make these again. :)

  10. I made the Crispy fried dill pickles tonight and my husband and I throughly enjoyed them. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Avocado oil is amazing for frying. Olive oil has too low a smoke-point. Vegetable oil is the usual “go-to” for its mild taste, but avocado is much healthier and has a buttery quality.5 stars

  11. I used your recipe and they turned out great. We got more than 12 pickles out of your recipe. We even had batter left over. You are right about the panko crumbs, they need to be added to after about 6 or 7 pickles.

  12. Hi Holly !
    We have been making these for a couple years now and everyone loves them. We use corn starch instead of flour because it ends up with more crunch and we take the panko and mix in some yellow cornmeal then pulse it a few times in a food processor. This makes the panko smaller and mixes with the cornmeal for a super crunch. It also helps refrigerate them for 30 mins after coating them. It helps the breading stay on while frying.

  13. I love these! What I do is make a bunch and put them on trays. Then I freeze them and put into bags. Then when I want some I pull out how many needed and fry them up. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I changed a couple of things in reference to my family. I omitted the dill, added 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and reduced the paprika to 1/4 tsp. They loved them! None were left, this recipe is definitely a repeat!

  15. I’ve never tried fried pickles….but this year I have so many extra cucumbers that I made a HUGE batch of “freezer pickles” and will be using those to make this and see how it turns out. I’m really excited to try it….it looks and sounds SOOOO good.

  16. Could this recipe be frozen? Our church is wanting to sell these at our fall festival fundraiser and would need to make them up in advance so they would be ready. Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried making these ahead and freezing them. I do think it would work but you might want to try a test run before your event.

  17. There is an easier way to make these without mixing up a batter. Buy a quart of sliced dill pickles, pour off the juice. Refill with buttermilk and hot sauce. Place lid on jar, put in refrigerator overnight. Next day, pour off the buttermilk, dip pickle slices in fish fry — fry in oil, drain, sprinkle a little salt on top………………ohhhhh my oh my! My niece makes these and there is never any leftover. To. Die. For.

  18. I am so excited about these pickles!!!!!! When I saw the post, my mouth watered, and I was instantly brought back to childhood. Thank you for posting!!

  19. Made these last night, they were a big hit! Served up with some buffalo ranch sauce to dip. Thanks, this one is a keeper.

  20. This recipe contains ingredients that are not in the directions and ingredients that are not listed. I get the mist of it but it is badly written for a new cook.

    1. All ingredients are in the directions and all ingredients are listed. Which part are you having trouble with and I will try to help you out.

  21. Omg, these look absolutely amazing. Fried pickles are soo good. I’ve turned quite a few people onto them. Can’t wait to try this at home!5 stars

  22. Made these today for hubbys football watching! Huge hit! Will make these probably too often. But i did add my extra ingredient to make it even more crispy. 2 Tbl of instant mashed potatoes. My go to for any deep fried item. Yum yum and YUM!

  23. I love making fried pickles & they’re gobbled up quickly in this house! I make a dip for the pickles. that my whole family loves! It’s just sour cream & salsa. I prefer Pace brand medium salsa (not the chunky one). Mix with equal amt of sour cream & voila! It’s SO delicious! I usually warm it up for just maybe 30sec in the microwave prior to serving.

    1. I always mix sour cream and salsa for taco salad dressing but I’ve never thought of using it as a dip for this recipe! That sounds fabulous, thank you for sharing!

      1. From a southern cook, where we fry everything! You can make a batter without egg. Your end result (coating) will not be as thick or bind as well to whatever your frying.

  24. I don’t have an egg and i have already measured and combined the ingredients! Any suggestions on what I can do? Thanks!

    1. I haven only made it as written so I’m not sure what you could add instead of the egg. If your batter is thick enough you could try skipping the egg and see if it works?

  25. My husband and I made these the other night (minus the dill , since we didn’t have on hand). They tasted really good. But we have a question as to whether we can split the batter in two batches, and save the other half in the fridge for next day. We don’t make alot at one time, since i’m pregnant and can’t seem to eat barely anything without getting full. Has anyone tried this?

  26. Just made these tonight and me and my husband couldn’t get enough of them!!! Soooo addictive. We left out the egg because my husband is allergic and they still held together really well. Also added a little cayenne because we like the kick ;)

  27. The true secret is always to completely dried up your pickles primary. I take advantage of tied in tempura blend for the reason that hitter.

    Thanks for info :)

  28. I have to try this recipe! Have any of U reading this, tried Claussen Dills with red peppers in the brine? Look for them in the refer section. They R awesome & HOT!

  29. Hi Holly,
    It’s been so long since I’ve had these and have never made them. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I can hardly wait to try them. Lovely blog you have here. Visiting from Buns In My Oven. Have a great day.

  30. Hi Holly,
    I just love Fried Dill Pickles, this is a great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  31. I love fried pickles, one restaurat here had them, they changed hands, and my fried pickles are gone. I have tried to make them my self, but they did not come out right. Followed you here from the All Things Thursday Blog Hop, pinning.

  32. A friend introduced me to fried pickles just a couple months ago – they are delicious! Thank you, I’ll definitely be pinning this and using it ASAP. :)

    I’m visiting from the Time Warp Wife link-up!