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Deep Fried Pickles

Homemade fried pickles are crisp, delicious, and easier to make than you think!

A recipe for golden brown and crispy deep-fried pickles. You’ll love them dipped in ranch!

plate of homemade fried pickles.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Crisp. A double dipping technique helps the crispy coating stick to the pickles, so they stay crunchy and don’t lose their coating in the frying process.
  • Delicious. Just the right blend of seasonings makes these addictively tasty.
  • Quick to make. Deep fryers work fast, and these just need a couple of minutes to cook.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on white wood counter.

You’ll need the following for this deep fried appetizer:

  • pickle slices (homemade refrigerator pickles are perfect; since they are crisp!)
  • all-purpose flour
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • egg
  • milk
  • oil for frying (peanut oil is a great choice, but vegetable is fine too!)
  • A deep fryer makes the frying process easier and safer, but you can simply fry them in a deep skillet or Dutch oven. You’ll want to keep an eye on the temperature to ensure they fry up golden and delicious.
  • Paper towels


Step One: assemble

bowls of ingredients for breading.

First, get your deep fryer set up and preheated to 375 degrees.

Before you start breading the pickles, pat them dry with paper towels. Lay them out in a single layer while you prepare the ingredients for breading

In the first bowl, combine the flour and seasonings, in the next, the egg and milk. In the last, mix the Panko and flour.

Step Two: bread

three bowls showing pickles being dipped.

Dip the pickle slices in order. You don’t need to dip them individually, but work in small batches.

Step three: fry

deep fryer basket lined with pickles.

Now we fry! Simply lay the pickles down in a single layer in the fryer basket. Lower into the hot oil and let them fry for about 3 minutes until they are golden brown.

Raise the basket and give the fried pickles a little shake, then gently shake them onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve them right away, with ranch!

🥫 Storage instructions

If you have any leftover deep-fried pickles, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay fresh for 3-4 days but won’t be crispy when you reheat them unless you use an air fryer.

🔍 FAQs

What’s the best type of pickle for fried pickles?

A crisp one! Refrigerator dills are our favorite.

Can you use regular bread crumbs instead of Panko?

Yes, in a pinch. 😊

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Some people think fried foods are crispier if you pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes. I don’t notice much of a difference, but it’s worth a try!
  • Make sure to pat the pickle slices dry first.

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hand dipping pickle slice into ranch.

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up view of round fried pickles next to bowl of ranch.
4.16 from 25 votes

Crispy Deep Fried Pickles

Print Recipe
Homemade fried pickles are crisp, delicious, and easier to make than you think!
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
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  • 24 pickle slices
  • cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • cup milk
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 quart oil for frying


  • Preheat oil to 375 degrees in an electric deep fryer. Pat the pickles dry and set aside.
  • Combine 1 cup of the flour with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne in a medium mixing bowl. Mix the egg and milk in a separate mixing bowl. Combine the flour and Panko in a third bowl. Working with a few at a time, dip the pickles first in the seasoned flour bowl, then in the milk/ egg bowl, then in the Panko/ flour bowl.
  • Place the breaded pickles in a single layer in the deep fryer basket. Lower carefully into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


Dill pickles are our favorite, bur any kind of pickle will work. 
Choose a lightly flavored olive for frying, such as vegetable or peanut. 
Try serving with homemade Cajun ranch for extra spice. 


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: deep fried pickles, fried pickles
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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