Crunchy Jalapeño Bites

Golden brown, crispy and spicy these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are the perfect snack for spicy food addicts! 

People who know me in person and those of you that have been following the blog for a while know that I love spicy food. I add hot sauce to everything. Sprinkle red peppers on my pizza and pasta. I munch on hot chili peppers. I order my Thai food a level 4 out of 5. You get it, I like spicy. And these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are perfect for spicy food addicts like me!

Golden brown, crispy and spicy these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are the perfect snack for spicy food addicts!

When Ryan and I were first dating almost two decades ago, we would often have our date nights at TGI Fridays. We were teenagers, who didn’t have much money but we wanted to go out. We would always order the same appetizers as our meals: fried mushrooms and Crunchy Jalapeño Bites.

You know, because when you’re teenagers you can totally eat like that. We likely washed it all down with soda too.

Golden brown, crispy and spicy these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are the perfect snack for spicy food addicts!

My favorite thing about these Crunchy Jalapeños, other than the obvious heat factor, is the crunch factor. They are super crunchy. The jalapeño bites that we used to order were batter-fried. And while they were good, I have come to love the added crunch that panko gives. For that reason, I coat these babies in panko bread crumbs and the crunch factor is out of this world!

Golden brown, crispy and spicy these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are the perfect snack for spicy food addicts!

And of course, to cool it all down, you’ve gotta have something to dip these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites in. I suggest homemade ranch :)

Golden brown, crispy and spicy these Crunchy Jalapeño Bites are the perfect snack for spicy food addicts!

Crunchy Jalapeño Bites Recipe

Makes 20 bites Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 3 fresh jalapenos, sliced 1/4 inch
  • 1/4 cup flour plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (I like Johnny's)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

1

Preheat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

2

You will need 3 bowls for this. In one bowl mix the flour and the seasoning salt. In another bowl beat the egg. Place the panko bread crumbs and kosher salt in the third bowl.

3

First dip the jalapeños into the flour, be sure to shake any excess off. Next, dip it in the egg. Finally dip it in the panko. Repeat until all the jalapeño slices are coated.

4

When the oil is hot (Note: To test this I usually just sprinkle a couple of the panko bread crumbs into the oil) fry the jalapeños until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes). Remove and transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle immediately with salt. Serve with ranch for dipping.

Notes

Enjoy!

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Kevin
    February 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

    This sounds like a great snack!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Kevin! Thanks for the comment. These were really great, my husband and I are still craving them!

  • Reply
    Leah
    February 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    These look great! Kind of like deconstructed chile rellenos. I love any recipe that uses panko instead or regular ol’ breadcrumbs.

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      Yeah, I really like using panko bread crumbs in a lot of my cooking. I just think that they add that little extra bit of crunch without making things too heavy. Thanks for the comment!