Fried pickles are a popular Southern snack food that consists of pickles that have been coated in a seasoned batter and deep-fried until crispy. The pickles used for frying are typically dill pickles, although other types of pickles can be used as well.
To make fried pickles, the pickle slices are first drained and then coated in a mixture of flour, cornmeal, and spices such as garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. The coated pickles are then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.
Fried pickles can be served as an appetizer or snack, and are often accompanied by a dipping sauce such as ranch dressing or spicy mayonnaise. They are a popular item at many Southern restaurants and can also be made at home for a fun and flavorful treat.
PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 jar of dill pickle spears (about 16-20 pickles)
- In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- In another shallow bowl, beat the egg.
- In a third shallow bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs.
- Drain the pickles and pat them dry with paper towels.
- Dredge each pickle in the flour mixture, then dip it in the beaten egg, and finally coat it in the panko breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining pickles.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until it reaches 375°F. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature.
- Add the breaded pickles to the pan in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
- Fry the pickles for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.
- Remove the fried pickles from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:
- Serve the fried pickles as a snack or appetizer, with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.
- For a crunchier texture, you can double-coat the pickles in the panko breadcrumbs.