Fried Pickle Chips

Appetizers, Sides, Snacks

I have a few questions for all you lovely people. If you can answer them, I’d be forever grateful. You see, when I’m really bored (or not), I think of questions that I wish I could ask someone, but since I’m not sure who that “someone” would be, I’ve decided that it may be one of you….

When was the first cake baked?

Who baked the first cake?

What did they consume, i.e., drugs, alcohol, love, etc. that gave them the fantastic idea of mixing flour, butter, sugar together?

Did it taste good upon their first attempt?

If it did in fact taste good, did they then get massive amounts of marriage proposals?

Who took a cucumber and put it in vinegar and then called it a PICKLE?

Who’s dang bright idea was that?!

And why isn’t that person a national hero?

Why isn’t that person’s face on their country’s currency?!

If I ran the world, that dude or lady’s face would be on the nations currency.

And then, who’s amazing idea was it to put it in batter, fry it up and called it a Fried Pickle Chip. Answer: a genius, that’s who. A genius.

I think you should all follow a genius’ lead and make these Fried Pickle Chips. And then, you need to pair it with Sriracha Mayonnaise…or Mustard Sauce. And then a beer.

Fried Pickle Chips

Batter Recipe tweaked from Simply Recipes, Mustard Sauce Recipe from Danica Preston

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I used the same batter recipe as I did with the Fried Green Tomato BLT, tweaking only a few things. I also really want to try making these chips with homemade pickles, rather than store bought, but I didn’t have enough time, since I literally got the idea and made them the next day. I’d also be curious to try this recipe with bread and butter pickles. If any of you do, let me know how it goes.



3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons of Sriracha (more depending on how spicy you want it)


1 1/4-inch-thick slice red onion, finely diced

3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt


6 small to medium, kosher dill pickles (or any variety of pickles you like)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

2 beaten eggs

2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or cornmeal

1/2 cup of canola oil (or peanut oil)

Make the Mustard Sauce: Mix the onion, both mustards, the mayonnaise, paprika, garlic powder and salt to taste in a bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Make the Sriracha Mayonnaise: In a ramekin or small bowl, mix mayonnaise with Sriracha and adjust according to taste.

For the Fried Pickle Chips: Cut pickles in 1/2-1/4 inch slices. Place flour, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes. Pour the canola oil in a cast iron skillet or pan, over medium-heat; the oil should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.

When you oil is hot (I always test it by sprinkling a little water in the oil, when it pops you know it’s ready).

Dip pickle slices in milk, then flour, then eggs, then cornmeal. In the skillet, place batter covered pickles in the oil, careful that it may pop back, for 1-2 minutes on each side or until brown. After they’re done, remove and place on a paper towel to drain.

Pair Fried Pickle Chips with Mustard Sauce or Sriracha Mayonnaise…or both…and beer. This snack requires a good beer.

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  • Reply Sara M June 25, 2010 at 1:57 am

    ohhhh…I have been craving fried pickles for ages! Pickles are hard to get in Uganda so I’ll have to pick some up when I’m in the capital next month! Looks delicious 🙂

  • Reply DessertForTwo June 25, 2010 at 6:18 am

    This is such a Southern thing! I love it! We dip fried pickles in ranch dressing because, let’s face it: we dip everything in ranch dressing. It’s essential that these are cornmeal fried for me!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Did you know that at Sonic (the drive-in burger chain), you can request fried pickles but they’re not on the menu?

    • Reply Lola September 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      At sonic you can order anything you want as long as they have the ingredients to make it! A friend that used to work there told me so. 🙂

    • Reply Leah April 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Fried pickles are now on the menu! ;-9

  • Reply Ashley June 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Yummmm, I love Fried Pickles! I’ve never had them with anything but Ranch dressing, so I will definitely try these dips!

  • Reply heather June 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

    we had our first fried pickle “chips” at a bbq joint shortly after moving to corpus christi, tx. WOW. actually the ones we had were kind of salty, but that didn’t stop them from being totally addictive. i had to pretend i wasn’t a registered dietitian for that meal!



  • Reply Joanne June 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I wish I had some answers for you. But alas, I’m just going to come. Ogle the food. Drool a little. And run off to go buy a jar of pickles to make these.

  • Reply sari June 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

    this reminds me of snooki from the jersey shore! haha!


  • Reply Adrianna June 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Sara–Aw, I’d miss pickles so much. You could always make your own!

    DessertforTwo–I love dipping my slices of pizza in ranch. Servers in LA restaurants always give me weird looks when I request the stuff.

    Heather–you know, the ones that I first had were at this restaurant here in LA called 8oz, and I thought they were too salty and vinegary, but these weren’t. I think it comes from how the pickles are.

    Sari–being compared to Snooki is a life-long dream. Thank you. 😉

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  • Reply Tickled Red June 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Fried pickles chips are always the best snack! A agree the ingenious person who invented pickling for preserving food should be listed so where in the history book. Just wish I knew the answer for you.

  • Reply Courtney June 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Being from Alabama, I love fried anything. However, fried pickles are my absolute favorite. I tried a recipe last year without much success. I will most definitely be trying this soon!

    • Reply Susan April 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Love the Fried Pickles at Bahama Bob’s in Gulf Shores. Can’t wait to try these, I haven’t found the prefect recipe yet!

      • Reply Angie May 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        I live in Gulf Shores!!!! You are right they are delish

  • Reply eRiKa June 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Bread & Butter pickles are perfect deep fried and SOO GOOOOD! We polished off a whole jar!

    I like your batter recipe better, so I am going to try it soon.

  • Reply Adrianna June 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Erika–I’m super pumped about trying these with bread and butter pickles!

  • Reply Kim June 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Fried pickles make me laugh. Every summer, at our lake house, my niece makes us fried pickles. Something always goes wrong, but they always turn out delicious. A few weeks ago, she was at it again. The rest of us were inside watching TV (it was raining). I hear a small word- “Fire” and then a louder “Fire!” Turning around the stove top was shooting flames- the oil had run over the pot. Oh wow! What a shock. You just never expect an actual fire in your kitchen. Anyway, after a few tries, we snuffed it out and went on with our treat. They were great, as usual. I’m so glad to see you sharing this recipe. The bread and butter pickles is a really interesting idea. We may have to try that next time.

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  • Reply lisaiscooking June 26, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I haven’t had fried pickles in ages, and yours look fantastic! What a great snack.

  • Reply Sara M June 26, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Adrianna – making my own pickles requires access to cucumbers and dill….which I (very sadly) can’t find right now 🙁


    Only 1.5 years and I’ll be back in the states.

  • Reply jasna June 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    These look delish! : )

  • Reply Cimarron June 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I make fried pickles several times a month. I do a little bit different batter that is wonderful. Instead of the traditional milk/eggs combo, I use a dark beer that has been open for a couple of hours and is a little bit stale. My dry batter is nothing more than all-purpose flour with lemon pepper, garlic salt, and a little bit of coarse ground black pepper. Absolute perfection! I promise!!

    And, dip in a little bit of dill sour cream and you have a new favorite afternoon/midnight/whenever snack. 🙂 My 3yr old will gobble these babies up like candy. Also good with onions, jalapenos, and carrots.

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  • Reply Adrianna June 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Kim–Oh my! Grease fires are always a super scary thing! So glad it turned out alright and you still got to eat your fried pickles! HA!

    Sara–Your reunion with pickles is gonna be a great one! I’m excited for you!

    Cimmaron–Your batter sounds delicious! I love the beer batter idea. I need to try it soon. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  • Reply Tracey June 28, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Ahh they look like little Chicken Nuggets. I am sure they are scrumptious as all things fried are!

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  • Reply Joanna June 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    These look amazing! I will definitely make these for my next bbq.
    I just came across your blog & love it! You’ve got yourself a new follower 🙂
    Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Adrianna June 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Joanna–Welcome! So glad you found us!

  • Reply Lynzy June 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    These look so AMAZING! I am making these this weekend 🙂

    xo Lynzy

  • Reply Eva June 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you! I love fried pickles, but these looks perfect since they are smaller 🙂 Love your blog, just found it through another!

  • Reply Chelsea June 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t like pickles, but these look delicious! Maybe because they look like fried zucchini.

  • Reply Becca June 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Yum, I used to live near a restaurant that made amazing fried pickles. I haven’t found any as good since. I’ll have to give this recipe a try and see how yours measure up.

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    Those look good! I have been wanting to try fried pickles!

  • Reply Kristie July 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love love love fried pickles and will be using the recipe pronto!

  • Reply kelly July 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Just tried these for the first time at BB King’s joint in the Mirage in Las Vegas of all places, and vowed to make them. I can tell they’re addicting…:)

  • Reply mellowdman66 August 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

    you should try this with tempura batter and a sweet and sour sauce for dipping.had it this way in c-ville virginia.

    soooooo gooood!

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  • Reply Michele March 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I am making thses. Just discovered this hidden little gem over the weekend at a restaurant and I absolutely must make them and I was looking for the cornmeal batter recipe because I can’t imagine them any other way but we mixed our own little sauce at the restaurant they gave us ranch and I added equal part bbq to it and it was a magnificent dip to compliment these treasures!!

  • Reply lisa September 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    love fried pickles. can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply Hannah-lyz February 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Cakes go as far back as the Ancient Greeks! They used to make them with nut flour, yeast, and sweetened them with honey. They also started the tradition of putting candles on cakes – in an attempt to make them glow like the moon =]

    And pickles go waaaay back too! 2400 BC. It’s thought early Mesopatamians pickled things, and in 850 BC, Aristotle praisd the healing effects of cured cucumbers! And apparently, Cleopatra associated her beauty with her heart diet of pickles! – As if we needed another excuse to eat pickles!
    I’m off to raid the fridge in search of pickly-goodness….

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    • Reply Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      The candles on cakes fact just made my day. LOVE.

  • Reply Ronda June 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You’re right…genius. You have my vote for the currency thing…whoever thought of this should be on it!

  • Reply Ashleigh June 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I tried this not what expected its to plan you could of done better with the fried pickles total thumbs down

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  • Reply karen kouf July 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    The only thing my son wanted for his birthday was a deep fryer. Against my healthy eating rules, I decided to buy him one. He said it was the most ‘epic’ gift ever. 🙂 Your recipe is the first we’ll try on this new culinary adventure. Thanks!

  • Reply melissa September 7, 2013 at 12:59 am

    This recipe sounds great definitely gonna try it, have never had much luck with frying pickles in the past. I grew up on fried pickles….sonics pickle o’s are a favorite of mine…hooters also has some pretty good ones. Gotta get some cornmeal and gonna fry me some up. Love ur blog will let u know how my pickles turn out…