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

Fried Pickles

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
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.
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  • 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