How to make fried pickles


Aside from the flavor itself, arguably the best part about a pickle is the crunch. Whether fried or straight out of the jar, there is nothing more disappointing than a soggy pickle. This is why, when developing this homemade fried pickle recipe, it was important to make sure that the pickles retain their crunchiness. The key to making sure these pickles don’t get sad and brittle comes in the form of crispy fried onions. Do you know those little fried bits of goodness that you usually sprinkle over a pot of green beans? Well, it turns out they’re a game-changer for fried pickles as well. I accidentally discovered this hack when I ran out of ingredients for a traditional fried pickle recipe, and have been making them like this ever since.

Instead of using flour and panko, or flour and buttermilk, you’ll coat your pickles in flour and crispy fried onions. These deep-fried pickles take a lot less time to fry as they already start out crisp, not to mention the onion chunks which add another layer of delicious flavor. They’re easy to prepare both in a hot air fryer or on the stovetop, and the breadcrumbs don’t get mushy after sitting too long. Believe me, this is important because you are definitely going to want to make it big. To learn how to make the crispiest fried pickles yet, read on for all the steps.






How to make fried pickles


  1. 1 jar (16 oz.) Dill pickle chips
    1 beaten egg
    2 cups (6 oz package) crispy fried onions
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon of paprika
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Pat the pickle slices dry with paper towel or dry them with a salad spinner.
  2. Measure the flour into a bowl or plate and season with cayenne powder, paprika and garlic powder. You won’t need any salt or onion powder since the crispy fried onions will suffice.
  3. In another bowl, lightly mash the crispy fried onions to desired texture.
  4. Dip each pickle in the flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the onions, making sure it is well coated.
  5. After beating all the pickles, heat a pot of vegetable oil to 375 ° F.
  6. Once the oil hits 375 ° F, fry the pickles – they won’t need more than a minute in the oil because the onion layer is technically already fried. If you’re worried about burning your pickles, an air fryer also works great. Simply spray the pickles with cooking spray, then air fry them at 375 ° F for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Let the fried pickles sit on a wire rack until cold and excess oil drains off. Serve with a homemade ranch dressing and enjoy!

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