Fried Pickles

Crispy little bites of pickles seasoned and browned to perfection!

Fried Pickles on a white plate with a small bowl of dip
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Fried pickles are one of those tasty side dishes that most people only enjoy when they get fried chicken. But why not use this great recipe to learn how to make them all by yourself?

If you enjoy pickles then you need to try this Dill Pickle Soup, you will love it! Also, why not try making your own Worcestershire Sauce to use with this fried pickle recipe?

Fried Pickles on a white plate with a small bowl of dip

Fried Pickles

Deep-fried pickles, or frickles as they are sometimes called, are a popular diner classic that we all secretly wish we could serve with every meal. They are a fruit after all, even if they have been deep-fried!

Thanks to this fried pickle recipe you can enjoy deep-fried pickles from your own kitchen. As this recipe shows, just because something is deep-fried does not have to mean it is difficult to make or that it can only be enjoyed at restaurants.

So, while you still might not be serving deep-fried pickles with every meal you can at least treat yourself to fried pickles without having to leave the house!

Fried Pickles ingredients in small white bowls

Could You Slice Your Pickles Into Sticks Rather Than Slices?

Traditionally, pickles are sliced when deep-fried as this gives you the highest ratio of batter to pickles maximizing their crunchiness. However, if you are using whole pickles and cutting them yourself, there is no reason why you can’t break tradition.

In fact, deep-fried pickles sticks are a popular alternative to fries. Rather than slicing your pickles try cutting them into quarters length ways to create deep-fried pickle fries!

Or if you prefer the juicy interior of pickles to the crispy outer coating, you could try deep frying your pickles whole. Keeping your pickles whole still gives you some of the crispy fried batter on the outside but maintains the internal juicy texture of the pickle.

Fried Pickles with flour coated on them

Which Oils Are Best For Deep-Frying?

When deep frying you want to use vegetable oil that has a high smoke point as this reduces the chances of burning and will lead to a better taste and texture.

Oils that have a high smoke point can reach a high temperature before they start burning, creating smoke, and potentially being dangerous. Examples of these oils include sunflower, soybean, peanut, and canola.

These oils all have a smoke point of between 400 and 450 degrees, which is higher than needed when deep frying at home. You should therefore be able to avoid filling your kitchen with smoke when using a high smoke point vegetable oil, or end up with pickles that have an unpleasant burnt taste to them.

When choosing a frying oil, you also want to think about its taste and how this will impact the profile of your pickles. You ideally want a neutral-tasting oil as this will affect your pickles as little as possible.

Avoid things like olive oil, flaxseed oil, and sesame oil. Instead, opt for sunflower or canola as they have a much more neutral taste and tend to be cheaper.

fried pickles on a plate with a clear bowl with dip

How To Keep Your Pickles Crispy After Serving

The whole point of deep-fried pickles is the crispy outer coating and that satisfying crunch when you bite into them. You, therefore, want to avoid your pickles absorbing too much moisture and becoming soggy when they come out of the fryer.

Before you start frying, you want to set up a wire rack over a baking tray that you can place your fried pickles on when they are done cooking. This is something that you should do when deep-frying anything but is even more important with pickles because they contain so much water.

By placing your fried pickles on a wire rack, you are providing a way for any excess oil or moisture to drain away rather than the pickles being able to sit in the liquid and become soggy. This also helps to cut down on the amount of oil you are consuming and minimize that annoying greasy mouthfeel.

Another trick is to add a little bit of cornstarch to your flour mixture. The cornstarch will absorb any extra moisture from the pickles and prevent them from becoming soggy when not eaten straight out of the fryer.

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Dips To Serve With Your Fried Pickles

While you could serve your fried pickles on their own they deserve to be paired with a dip. You want something that contrasts with the juicy, crunchiness of the pickles and that adds an extra layer of flavor.

So here are a few suggestions for some great dips to serve with your fried pickles.

Deep-fried pickles and ranch dressing are a great combination. The creaminess from the dressing helps to cut through the greasiness of the pickles and adds a little tangy taste to each bite.

Blue cheese dressing is another creamy dip that works well with anything deep-fried. Though a lot more calorie-laden, the intense, cheesy flavor of this dressing will make you want to fry more things just to dunk in the dressing!

  • Honey Mustard Dip

For something less creamy and instead sweet you could serve your pickles with a honey mustard dip. Sweet and a little big tangy, this is a classic for a reason.

Looking for more delicious Snack recipes? Try these out:

Candied Jalapeños

Cheater Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Salty, Crispy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Happy Cooking!




Crispy little bites of pickles seasoned and browned to perfection!

Fried Pickles

Crispy little bites of pickles seasoned and browned to perfection!
5 from 1 votes
Fried Pickles on a white plate with a small bowl of dip
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 32 ounce jar sliced dill pickles
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying


  • If you cannot get round sliced dill pickles just drain the juice from the jar and slice the whole dill pickles on a slight angle to make them a little larger, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the egg, milk, 1 tablespoon of flour, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • In a separate bowl, add the rest of the flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper and whisk to combine.
  • Heat oil to 350° in a deep-fryer or a heavy deep skillet.
  • Dip the a slice of pickle into the milk mixture, then into the flour mixture then set on a dry plate. Repeat this with each slice.
  • Place the pickles carefully into the hot oil. Avoid over crowding and cook in several batches. Fry until the pickles are golden brown and float to the top.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, and set on paper towels. Repeat until all the pickles are cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite ranch dip or dressing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 490kcal, Carbohydrates: 94g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 2220mg, Potassium: 523mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 579IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 227mg, Iron: 6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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