The Best Fried Pickles Recipe

Fried Pickles after frying

This fried pickles recipe takes the pickle to a whole new level. It creates a plate of delicious goodness.

Fried Pickles are versatile and can be served as an appetizer, finger food, or a fun side dish at your next party, or just snack on them!

There’s something about a crunchy batter wrapped around the tartness of a pickle.

It seems every food has at one time or another been fried.

Pickles are deliciously fried and offer an incredible flavor and texture combination.

For best results, use dry pickles–let the pickle rest on a paper towel before dipping in the batter.

Now you can make your favorite appetizers without going to your favorite restaurants.

It’s fair food at home and a taste of the southern United States you’ll love.

Whether you use pickle slices or pickle spears this fried pickle recipe is a tasty choice!

Check out our Pinterest Appetizer Board for more great recipes like these fried pickles.

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Fried Pickles Recipe Ingredients:


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

2 cups sliced dill pickles, drained–I LOVE Vlasic Garlic Pickles

favorite fried pickles


Fried Pickles Recipe Directions:

Fry the pickles:

  1. Heat 1 inch of shortening in a large pot over medium-high heat oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. How much oil depends on the size of your frying pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. In a large bowl Whisk 1/2 cup water into the dry ingredients, until smooth.
  4. Spread the pickles on paper towels and pat dry.
  5. Add half of the dill pickle slices to the batter and toss to coat. (small batches work best).
  6. Remove pickle slices from the batter using a slotted spoon, letting the excess batter drip off, and adding pickles to the hot oil one at a time.
  7. Deep Fry pickles until golden brown, and have a crispy texture, 1 to 2 minutes (whole dill pickles or pickle spears will take slightly longer); remove coated pickles with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  8. Return the oil to 375 degrees F and repeat with the remaining pickles and batter.
  9. Serve immediately.

If you like Dipping, you’ll love this Sauce.

It takes about 10 minutes to make and makes about 3/4 of a cup.

fried pickles with dipping sauce


 1/2 cup mayonnaise

 2 tablespoons ketchup

 2 tablespoon hot sauce 

 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Mix all ingredients in a shallow bowl until smooth.

Dip pickle slices into the dip and enjoy!

Cover and store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Tips for Fried Pickles:

  • Dried pickles are the key here (step 4 in recipe directions is the important step to success) This enables the batter to coat them and will help in reducing grease splatter.
  • Adust the spice kick. If you like them with a hint of spice, follow the directions above. Want less spice? Omit or reduce the hot sauce. Want more kick? Increase the amount of hot sauce. You can also experiment with Sriracha sauce, other sauces or chili powder.
  • For perfectly fried pickles, use a candy thermometer to monitor your oil temperature. Keeping it at a steady 375-degrees will produce perfect pickles. 
  • A mesh spoon or strainer will minimize the mess and be your best kitchen sidekick for this recipe. 
  • Serious Eats has a great article about wok deep frying. Review it before starting this recipe for some excellent tips to give you success. 

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