Deep Fried Pickles

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
25 min
30 min
25 min

24 pickles

  • 24 dill pickle spears, chilled
  • Egg wash, recipe follows
  • Breading, recipe follows
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Ranch dressing, recipe follows

Using only very cold dill pickle spears, dip pickle into egg wash and then coat with breading. Repeat until no pickles remain, and arrange dipped pickles on a sheet pan lined with waxed paper. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

In a deep fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Alternatively, heat oil in a large, heavy pot suitable for deep-frying. Carefully add chilled pickle spears, in batches, to the hot oil and fry for about 3 1/2 minutes or until golden. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve with Ranch Dressing.

Egg Wash:

2 cups milk

2 eggs

Pinch lemon pepper

Pinch dill weed

Pickle juice


2 1/2 cups cornmeal

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup lemon pepper

1/2 cup dill weed

4 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons garlic salt

Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste

For egg wash: In a baking dish, whisk all ingredients together, except pickle juice. Add pickle juice, to taste, and whisk to combine.

For breading: Combine all ingredients in a baking dish.

Ranch Dressing:

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons minced parsley leaves

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 garlic clove, minced


In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together, except mayonnaise. Add mayonnaise, as needed, to thicken. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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Disappointed, and the directions were confusing. I've made fried pickles before and agree, the cornmeal ratio to flour was too high. I thought I'd try something new...sigh...I think I'l try a beer batter recipe next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've cooked and eaten fried pickles many times. Recently I mistook this recipe for the one that I usually make, and it was horrible. As I was mixing the ingredients, I thought that the proportions were wrong, but I said to myself "You've made this before and it turned out good." Like I said, that was a mistake. I've become convinced that this recipe is only here as a joke or as a fake to give people bad advice. Quickly, the multitude of things wrong with this recipe: Way too much lemon pepper. Too much corn meal, it says it's a restaurant recipe, but the egg wash is a rediculously large amount and double what it should be, and pickle juice "to taste?" In an egg wash? This recipe has most of the right ingredients, but is just not good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Highly Recommend - it was a great hit at the office party. I'm doing it again due to popular demand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this calls for too much cornmeal. Texture was too gritty. Next time I will up the flour to cornmeal ratio. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, I subbed rice flour because of my daughter intolerance to gluten and they turned out delish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter loves these!! And she is very picky!! I will make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! I am a pickle addict so this receipe was a no brainer. My husband on the other hand is not but he LOVED this recipe. I scaled it down a bit because I was only making it for the two of us. Honestly I didn't determine the exact scaled down measurements but instead I guessed or eyeballed them and it was still delicous. This is a great EASY football season bar food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was everyone's favorite dish at our Superbowl party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are the best fried pickles you will ever have! My suggestion is to use the hamber dill pickles instead of the spears. the spears are just to thick. You will turn your guests into fried pickle lovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm from CA and I had never heard of fried pickles, when we moved to the south they served them as appetizers every where. My husband loves them and begged me to make some. I found this recipe & made some, they were delicious. These will be a fixture at our house for gatherings to come! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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