” Southern-style fried pickles seasoned to perfection! Paired with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce”
Visual learner? Watch me make these Southern-style fried pickles from start to finish!
Fried pickles- love’em, hate’em or meh????
From my polling, it seems most people are “meh”.
For many years I was just meh about fried pickles as well.
I mean…pickles…fried. Whoopty doo, what’s the big deal. It sounded dumb, to be honest.
I sampled one or two at different restaurants (and 1 or 2 was all I wanted). I wasn’t blown away enough to ever order them, let alone want to make my own.
Well, let me tell ya, that all changed with I got pregnant with Ethan and went through this “deep fried” stage. I wanted everything fried or crispy and nothing sounded like heaven more than fried pickles!
I ordered them from a restaurant again…ick! Still wasn’t a fan. Came home and made my own, MONEY SHOT!
They were so addictive! I thought my love for this appetizer would fade after pregnancy but fried pickles are still one of my favorite appetizers (when done right).
And by right I mean, it must have that southern-style breading! I want my fried pickles to look like fried chicken lol You know what type of coating I’m talking about right? One that’s full of flavor, crispy, cracklin’ and golden.
These fried pickles have just that! Some folks like to marinade the pickles in buttermilk or beer beforehand but I’ve never done that. A good dredging though an egg-buttermilk mixture and a nice coating of well-seasoned flour are perfect!
Be sure to dry the pickles off really well by pressing them between paper towels. This helps the coating cling on a bit better.
What are the best pickles for fried pickles?
I like to use Mt. Olive mini stuffers hamburger dill chips. They are a bit thicker than the regular dill pickle chips and has a nice crunch.
What kind of sauce do you use for fried pickles?
For me, there is only one sauce for the job and it’s any sauce that uses a mixture of mayo and ketchup as a base! Add whatever kind of seasoning you want but a mayo-ketchup sauce (whether is a french fry sauce, Mississippi comeback sauce or slap yo mama sauce) with fried pickles tastes AMAZING.
This Southern fried pickle recipe has a golden breading that is slightly spicy, pair that with the saltiness of the pickle and slight tang and sweetness of the sauce…see where I’m going here. It’s incredible!
Make the sauce Annie Mae!! I kept it super simple here with only 4 ingredients so you have no excuse.
Make the sauce!
Southern Fried Pickles
- 1 1/2 cups dill pickle chips pressed dry with paper towels ( I use Mt. Olive mini stuffers)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- oil for frying
- 1/2 cup mayonaisse I use Duke's
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Heat oil to 375 F.
- Line a baking tray or cutting board with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl mix together flour and spices. Set aside.
- In another bowl combine buttermilk and egg. Set aside.
- Dip pickle into buttermilk mixture, shake off excess.
- Next, coat the pickles in flour and shake off excess flour.
- Place pickles on the prepared baking tray.
- When all pickles have been coated with flour, coat them again. (Some of the flour from the first coating will be absorbed)
- Quickly place the pickles in the hot oil (I did 2 batches)
- Cook until golden brown.
- Place on paper towels to drain.
- To make the sauce, stir together sauce ingredients.
- Serve the fried pickles immediately with the sauce.