Southwestern Fried Pickles

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I remember the very first time I tried a fried pickle at our county fair.

It was the fall and it was our annual Topsfield fair, just a short drive north of my childhood home in Massachusetts. Every year, our family had a tradition of going to the fair and enjoying all there was to do and see. Each building on the fairgrounds would have something interesting to see inside--from crafters to art exhibits, from prized animals to produce, it was as if we didn't have enough time to see everything every time the fair came. But perhaps my favorite thing about the fair growing up (which still rings true to this day), was the variety of county fair food to try. 

I remember one year I tried a fried pickle for the first time at one of the fair stalls and it was a total game-changer. I had already had a love for pickles at the time--in fact, my childhood best friend and next-door neighbor and I would sit at my kitchen table and just eat pickles from the jar! But that fried pickle merged two things I absolutely loved--the golden crispy taste of fried food and my current obsession with dill pickles. 

Over the years, I've enjoyed frying pickles and every time I make them it brings back the memories of going to the fair and eating pickles with my best friend. Since moving to Arizona, I've become obsessed with adding hot sauce and spicy seasoning to basically everything I eat so I figured what better way to merge the foods I love than bring some Southwestern flavor to my favorite county fair treat: Southwestern fried pickles! 

Enjoy these Southwestern fried pickles on their own and drizzled with hot sauce and ranch as a tasty appetizer or snack, or whip up a batch of these fried pickles to add to your grilled summer sandwiches and BBQ burgers to the next level! 

Southwestern Fried Pickles

  • 30-40 dill pickle slices (5 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup of LouAna Peanut Oil
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of hot sauce (optional)
  1. Heat 1/2 cup of LouAna Peanut Oil in a large skillet on the stovetop on medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the milk and 2 tablespoons of flour together. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk 3 cups of flour with taco seasoning and panko breadcrumbs together.
  4. One by one, dip the pickle into the wet ingredients and then dip it into the dry ingredients. Then dip the pickle back into the wet ingredients, and then once more into the dry ingredients and ensure it's covered. Gently shake off any excess flour and set it aside. 
  5. Repeat dipping the pickles into the wet and dry ingredients, and once all of the pickle slices have been dipped begin to put them into the pan filled with hot peanut oil one by one. 
  6. Once the pickles have started to brown, flip them and fry the other side. Repeat until they are fried and a rich brown and ready to enjoy. 
  7. Remove the pickles from the pan when they are fried onto a paper towel and allow them to cool for 1-2 minutes before serving.
  8. Drizzle the pickles in ranch and hot sauce for that added Southwestern taste, or enjoy them plain!
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  1. How fun! I love fried pickles but haven't made them at home. These look SO good!!

  2. I would love to try your recipe. Pinning for later!

  3. yum! I love fried pickles! I can almost taste these! I am totally trying this recipe! Pinned for later!

  4. I have ALWAYS wanted to try fried pickles!

  5. Holy guacamole do these look amazing! I've only recently (in the last many years) had fried pickles and don't think I could do without them! Can't wait to try your recipe!

  6. They look great ! I've never had them ,I might try these.

  7. FRIED PICKLES!!!!!!! I love fried pickles so hard, and now I can try them at home. Thank you so much!

  8. My son loves fried pickles!!! In fact, he told us about them. Now we make them at home and order them when we are at a restaurant that offers them.

  9. I'd love to try these out! :)


  10. Yum Yum Yum! These fried pickles look absolutely incredible. I wish I had them right now. :]


  11. I want these in my face right about... NOW. YUM!


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