Fried Pickles

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When done just right, these fried little pieces of heaven are addictively delicious. 

You just can’t believe how yummy these little fried gems are. So easy to prepare and perfect when served along with Homemade Ranch Dressing. And they only take a matter of minutes to make!

A oval white platter filled with fried pickles nestled next to a small white bowl filled with Ranch dressing.

How to Make Fried Pickles

It’s hard to decide, which is better, the joy in making this delicious treat, or actually eating them.

Okay, that’s easy. They are fun to make, but the taste is off-the-charts.

And they couldn’t be easier to prepare!


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How to Get Them Extra Crunchy

We’ve been playing around with this recipe for years, and we finally discovered the secret to extra crispy pickles. Mustard and buttermilk and then seasoned flour!

Bread crumbs are fine, but they don’t get the extra crispy exterior that really makes these fried pickles sing.

EXPERT TIP: You’ll need to set up a simple dredging station to coat the pickles. Mix the buttermilk with the spicy buttermilk in one bowl and then whisk together the flour with the salt, pepper, and cayenne in another. Simply coat the pickle chips completely in the buttermilk, and then dredge in the flour. That’s it! Now they are ready to be fried.

A person dipping a pickle chip into a white bowl filled with a buttermilk and mustard mixture and then that chip being dredged in seasoned flour.

How to Air Fry or Bake Fried Pickels

We’ve got to say it, pickles that are battered and deep-fried produce the crunchiest and tastiest results of all the methods we’ve tried.

However, we completely understand that if you’re looking for a healthier option, you can absolutely air fry or bake. NOTE: For the air-fryer option, you’ll need to omit the wet batter.

  • Air FryMix together the flour with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. For a boost of flavor, add a little garlic powder. Dry the pickles with a paper towel and sprinkle the seasoned flour all over them. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Spray the basket liberally with cooking spray. Air fry for 10 minutes. Flip the pickles over, spray them liberally with more cooking spray, and then cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Oven-BakedPreheat oven to 450°F. Coat the pickles the same way as if you were deep-frying them: Dry pickles, dip in buttermilk/mustard mixture, then coat in seasoned flour. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Add the coated pickles to the pan without overlapping. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and spray them liberally with cooking spray. Cook for another 15 minutes, or until crispy.

If you’re giving them a quick fry in vegetable oil, you’ll want to remove them just as they are golden brown and crispy.

A spider deep fryer catcher holding three fried pickles right out of the hot oil.

The Best Pickles To Use

We’ve tried many types of pickles when making this appetizer.

Originally, we started with a large whole dill pickle and then sliced it ourselves. We found that they were just a little too soft after being fried.

EXPERT TIP: For the best results, look for ‘pickle chips’ in the olives and pickles section of your supermarket. You’ll want chips that are about ¼-inch thick. We love going with Vlassic Sandwich Dill Chips. But there are so many varieties, you can really choose your favorite. Bread and butter, extra spicy, or even whole spears are great choices. Or a combination of them all!

A white oval platter filled with golden brown fried pickles.

These are such a hit whenever we serve these to guests.

They are perfect for parties or that big game-day spread.

They fry up so quickly, you can make a double batch in no time. Trust us…they really do go fast.

A rectangular platter filled with crispy fried pickles stack on top of each other.

How To Serve Fried Pickles

Fried pickles are wonderful by themselves, of course.

But, everything is even better with a dipping sauce.

Our Homemade Ranch is an amazing accompaniment and so is our Homemade Fresh Marinara. Both can be made up to 2 days in advance.

If you don’t have time to make dipping sauces, quality purchased varieties will work just fine. Be sure to serve the pickles nice and hot. If frying in batches, you can keep finished pickles in a low-temp oven until ready to serve.

A person dipping a fried pickle into a small bowl filled with Ranch dressing.

This is honestly one of our most-requested appetizers whenever we have guests over, especially for a pool day, or watching the big game, or just a fun last-minute get-together for some amazingly delicious food.

We serve this with our Homemade Sausage Bread and Loaded Potato Skins for the ultimate guilty-pleasure comfort food spread!

Every single bite is a taste sensation!

A hand holding up a fried pickle that has a bite taken out of it.

Ready to make a fun appetizer that folks will gobble up before your very eyes? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of them, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A rectangular platter filled with crispy fried pickles stack on top of each other.

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles are truly addictive and the perfect appetizer for serving guests for the big game, parties, or a fun weekend at home. The cayenne in the seasoned flour adds very little heat, just a nice depth of flavor.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American Southern
Keyword: Air fryer recipes, easy appetizer recipe, phyllo traingles air fryer, how to make fried pickles, super bowl recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 268kcal


  • Deep fryer or sturdy skillet with an inch of vegetable oil


  • 16 oz jar dill pickle chips
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp stone-ground mustard
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Homemade Ranch for serving


  • Heat the oil in your skillet or fryer to 350°F.
  • Place the pickles on paper towels. Use dry paper towels to pat them completely dry.
  • In one bowl or pan, mix together the buttermilk and mustard until fully combined.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together the flour with the salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Working in batches, dip the pickles into the buttermilk mixture to completely coat. Next, dredge them in the flour mixture, using your fingers to help ensure the pickle is fully coated.
  • Add the coated pickles into the hot oil, and cook, flipping once or twice, until golden brown and very crispy, about 4 minutes. Use a spider or metal slotted spoon to transfer the fried pickles to a platter lined with paper towels. Continue with the remaining pickles.
  • Serve at once with your favorite dipping sauce (such as our Homemade Ranch).


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Look for pickle chips in the pickle section of your supermarket.  We like Vlassic Sandwich Dill Pickle Chips.  They have good flavor, are nice and big, have the perfect thickness, and are already crunchy.  However,  go with whatever is your favorite type of pickle.  Bread and butter are really delicious, too. 
See the blog post if you'd rather air-fry or bake these pickles (psst....a quick deep-fry is the best, but these options are healthier, no doubt). 
These are best served hot.  Although they're still tasty after they've cooled, they lose much of the crunchiness, which helps to make them so yummy! 


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published May, 2015, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in February, 2022!


  • 5 stars
    Thank you and thank you again. It’s a shock to me that you worked on this recipe for a year! Do you always take this much time to perfect your dishes? I enjoy reading your blog, and it’s no wonder everything turns out so delicious as with this recipe because you are a true pro!

  • 5 stars
    My wife made them over the weekend and they were lovely! The ideal degree of flavor in the carefully prepared flour and the seared goodness all went together totally awesome. I love your Youtube channel so much. Both of you make me laugh uncontrollably!

    • We can’t even begin to express how happy this makes us! Fried pickles are yummy and fun to make, right?!! Sounds like your wife prepared them perfectly!! Thank you so much for sharing and for the great review! And please give our best to your wonderful wife!! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I made these today, and they were *phenomenal*! The tang of the pickle, with the perfect level of spice in the seasoned flour, and the fried goodness all went together absolutely perfect. I fried mine in a pan with a shallow layer of lard, kind of like mini fried green tomatoes, and they turned out really well. I love your Youtube channel. You two crack me up!

    • Hi Courtney!! Yay!! So glad you made the fried pickles and love them!! And woo hoo! Frying them up in a little lard sounds amazing! Thanks for letting us know, for the support, and for the great review! That means the world to us!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

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