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Deep Fried Pickles

Deep Fried Pickles

Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “what on earth is she thinking? She wants me to do what? Fry what?” But I ask you to hear me out on this one. They probably do sound a little odd to those of you that have never thought of frying a pickle and I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first too. But let me tell you with their crispy, salty outside and tangy inside these little devils are down right addictive.

The first time I had fried pickles was actually at the restaurant I used to work at. One my fellow servers who had spent some time in the south, grabbed some pickles put them on a plate, slid them back to the fry cook and asked “can you batter and fry these for me?” He, and everyone else that happened to be in the kitchen at that time looked at her quizzically. Sensing that everyone was looking at her like she had asked for him to fry her shoe, she responded “they are so good. You should try them”. This prompted even more crazy looks because frankly if you’re like me you’re thinking “its one thing for you to eat weird things but its an entirely different thing for you to ask me to eat weird things too.” Leery as I was, I decided to take her up on her offer. I mean it was free fried food, how bad could it be? (Rhetorical, don’t answer that)  But you know what, it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t bad at all. It was actually quite good. So good in fact that it became a regular occurrence for my break time meal. Who would’ve thunk it?

For this recipe I picked pickle slices (say that 10 times fast) because I prefer the little bite size pieces. However, pickle spears also work quite nicely. I wouldn’t recommend using whole pickles however they are simply too big for this.

Deep Fried Pickles

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Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 15-20 round pickle slices
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • kosher salt
  • oil for frying, such as canola or vegetable



Lay pickle slices on a paper towel and pat dry.


In bowl whisk together egg, milk, a couple drops of hot sauce, Worcestershire and 1/4 cup flour.


In another bowl mix together remaining 1/4 cup flour, panko bread crumbs, garlic powder and ground pepper.


Dip a dried pickle into batter then dredge into panko mixture to coat completely. Transfer to a plate, repeat with remaining pickles. Allow to sit while the oil heats.


Heat 1 inch of oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to shimmer, sprinkle in a pinch of flour. If it sizzles the oil is hot enough. Fry pickles in batches until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve immediately.


This snack would not be complete without Creamy Ranch Dip so be sure to whip up a batch and enjoy! Enjoy!

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  • Jenn

    Please don’t take this the wrong way.. but OMG I think I love you!! hehe I LOVE deep fried pickles. I use to order them with milkshakes when I was in college..and I wonder why I gained the freshman 40 and then some! LOL Thanks for posting this recipe!

  • Neeta

    Oooooo, deep fried pickles are the best appitizers on the menu! I can’t wait to make them at home and may be serving them as a main course night after night!

  • OH, deep fried pickles are the best! I’ve served them at dinner parties and although I usually get a “Huh?” from most people, they absolutely love them!
    Great recipe!

  • I LOVE deep fried pickles but any that I’ve tried in restaurants around here pale to the good stuff. I think I need to try this (and I think my husband will be very happy to try this with me).

  • Jenn- Haha I won’t take it the wrong way. I would’ve never thought to serve them along side milk shakes, that sounds like an interesting combo. But I’m sure I’d love it :)
    Neeta- LOL you’ll be going through a lot of pickles.
    Thanks Christiane! I know people tend to be skeptical but always wind up loving them.
    I hope you and your husband enjoy it Mrs. L!

  • My son just loves fried pickles. I have never tried them though. I have starred this in my reader. I’m definitely going to try these. Thanks for sharing.

  • megan

    OMG, I had these on a recent trip to North Carolina! To.Die.For! Thanks for sharing!

  • who could have thought about this! what an idea. Sounds fabulous.

  • Thanks Soma!

  • Mojo

    I love fried pickles, and so does the wife. We’re from AR/TX and can’t find any up here in NJ. I’ve tried several recipes over the years with less than satisfactory results.

    This recipe, however, scratched us right where we itched! Great ratio of breading to pickle, nice flavor. Didn’t come out greasy or gummy. After a couple of test pickles I realized I didn’t need the extra salt tossed on at the end though. Great recipe, thanks!!

  • Dave

    I absolutely love this recipe! I first tried fried pickles at a restaurant in Michigan a few years ago and have always wanted to make them for myself. The only problem I have is that the breading tends to fall off very easily when I’m eating them! Any idea how to fix this? Thanks!!

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  • melissakisses

    i just made this minus the worchestershire sauce i didnt have any..BUt i had worchestershire flavored pepper…so i used it and it came out finger lickin goood…YUM. my hubby is so picky and he loves em..crunchy and delish

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