Fried Pickles

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These deep fried pickles are made the best way, with sandwich slice pickles instead of spears or chips. Serve them with ranch dressing for a delicious appetizer.

fried pickles

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, and I think that’s the best way to make them.

This recipe was our attempt to bring some of that fried goodness to Florida. The batter was very light, almost like a tempura batter. 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.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup ice water

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

  • 4 cups dill pickle slices, drained

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • 1

    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. Whisk to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • 2

    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, 1½ to 2 minutes.

    Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

  • 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.