Fried Pickles

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Growing up in Alabama, I learned that anything and everything can be fried. I have lots of fried favorites – fried okra, fried crab claws, hushpuppies, corn fritters. My all time favorite, by far, is fried pickles. I haven’t found anywhere in Orlando that has fried pickles on their menu. After being in Alabama recently, Eric and I had dinner at Wing’s. Their fried pickles are my absolute favorite. Instead of using pickle chips, they use the sandwich slices.

This recipe was our attempt to bring some of that fried goodness to Florida. The batter was very light, almost like a tempura batter. However, this could have been because we forgot to get cornstarch and had to substitute it with more flour. I’ll have to try again with the cornstarch. The pickles still tasted delicious, though. We found that they were best eaten almost immediately. By the time I had taken pictures, a few of them had already gotten a little soggy. These are great served with some Ranch dressing for dipping.

I’m submitting this recipe to Joelen’s Culinary Adventures for her latest blogging adventure, which is featuring foods unique to cities, regions or countries. I’d say fried pickles are definitely unique to the south, so I’m excited about submitting this recipe.

Fried Pickles
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ice water
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
4 cups dill pickle slices, drained
vegetable oil for frying

-In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
-All at once, add the water, egg yolk and pickle juice.
-Stir the mixture with a wire whisk to make a smooth batter.
-Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
-In a deep fryer or large saucepan, heat at least two inches of oil to 375°.
-In batches, dip pickle slices into batter, lightly and evenly coating them.
-Without crowding, place coated slices in the hot oil.
-Fry until golden and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
-Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Source: Science of Cooking

  • Stephanie

    my husband LOVES fried pickles! I’ll have to make these for him!

  • Lisae

    they look delicious!! bb king’s in orlando has fried pickles in case you ever don’t feel like making them yourself.

  • clstar

    Thanks for letting me know! I’ll have to give them a try there!

  • penniesonaplatter

    Definitely trying this out sometime. Even though I grew up in the midwest, I learned to love fried pickles when I moved to Nashville for college. YUM!

  • Layne

    You should try Gator’s Dockside. They have fried pickles. I’ve never tried them but I absolutely LOVE their fried mushrooms. YUM!

  • Star

    I tasted friend pickles the first time up in Massachusetts believe it or not. Love them! I recently had them at Deb & Sean's house.

  • clstar

    Layne, thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely have to check that place out!

    Star, I’m in awe that fried pickles exist in Massachusetts. I never would’ve thought it!

  • Melissa

    I just remembered to come back and look at this post….I’m definately trying them, my husband will love them.