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Fried Pickles Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


Fried pickles have always been one of my favorite sports bar snacks. Chip-sized dill pickles, beer-battered, and deep-fried into golden savory bites. Beer = neccesary.


  • 1 16 ounce jar dill chip pickles**
  • 1 cup IPA, pale ale, or ale of your choice (citrusy, fruity, hoppy IPAs are best)
  • 1 cup flour (plus 1/4 cup for dredging)
  • 32 ounces vegetable or canola oil (12 inches of oil in saucepan for frying)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dipping Sauce Ideas

  • Ranch dressing
  • Ranch + sriracha, to taste
  • chipotle mayonnaise
  • garlic aioli


  1. Gently pour beer into a medium bowl, whisk in 1 cup flour until smooth. Add garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk and let sit for 10 minutes while prepping the pickles.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of flour in a small bowl.
  3. Drain pickles and dry as best as possible using paper towels. Wet pickles render soggy fried pickles.
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan bring roughly 1 inch of oil to 365° F. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, place on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until oil is hot. You can test a single pickle to see how it cooks. It should fry in about 30-45 seconds.
  5. Meanwhile, dredge pickles in flour until lightly coated, and then submerge in the beer batter. Let excess drip off and then immediately transfer to the oil. Fry pickles for 30-45 seconds or until golden. As the oil gets hotter, pickles will cook quicker.
  6. Remove with a fork or slotted spoon and place pickles on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve with dipping sauces.


Make sure you get dill pickles, not sweet pickles. If you don’t want to use beer, you can substitute with 1 cup of water.


  • Serving Size: 5 pickles
  • Calories: 97
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 430mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.7g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: fried pickles, beer battered pickles


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