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Fried Pickles

4 ingredient fried pickles are crispy and a great snack, appetizer, or side dish. Sliced dill pickles are battered in a buttermilk coating and fried until golden and crispy. They are easy to make!

photo of a bowl of Fried Pickles

Lately, I’ve developed a habit of trying to recreate dishes at home that I have eaten from restaurants that did not do a good job.

I had fried pickles at a burger place a few months ago. DH and I did not like them at all. Super salty and kind of soggy. So, we decided to try recreating them at home. We like our version much better.

It’s pretty easy to make. We bought some sliced dill pickles from the grocery store, coated them in a simple batter and then fried them until they were golden brown.

These are perfect with a homemade burger meal or maybe as a TV viewing appetizer.

photo of a burger with a side of fried pickles


  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Buttermilk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Italian breadcrumbs

How to Make Them

Pour two inches of oil into a pot and heat it to 350°F. While the oil heat, set up your breading bowls.

In a small bowl, combine the flour and breadcrumbs. Pour the buttermilk into another bowl.

Dip each pickle slice in the buttermilk and then in the breadcrumb mixture twice so it’s double-breaded.

Fry the breaded pickles a few at a time in the hot oil until they are golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil before serving.

Recipe Tips

It helps to pat the pickle slices dry before breading them. That way, there isn’t excess moisture that can make them soggy.

For best results, use a deep-fry thermometer so you can measure how hot the oil is. You may need to adjust the heat as you fry the pickles because the oil can cool down when you add pickles to. Using a thermometer makes maintaining the right heat easier.

Fried pickles are best hot and crispy and don’t keep well. The breading will soften as they sit.

photo of a basket of fried pickles

More Fried Snacks

Fried Pickles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
These fried pickles are easy to make at home and are a great game-day or party snack.


  • 1 small jar 16 oz of sliced dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs


  • Pour about 2 inches of oil in pot being used for frying. Heat to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour and breadcrumbs. Keep the buttermilk in a separate bowl. Dip pickle slice in buttermilk, then flour mixture, then again in buttermilk and again in flour mixture, so there is a double coat. 
  • Gently place into hot oil. Repeat with other pickles. Fry a few at a time until they are golden brown. Remove finished pickles from hot oil and place on a paper towel to drain some of the oil. Repeat process with remaining pickles.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Fried Pickles”

  1. yes cajun seasoning does sound good.
    i havent ever had fried pickles, waht restaurant serves them ?

  2. Fried Pickles, made these exactly like the recipe except I added Cajun Seasoning! made a sauce with buttermilk ranch, sriracha, & cajun seasoning!!! sooooooooo yummy!! Even better than a restaurant..

  3. I am SO glad that I am not the only person who has something at a restaurant and thinks, I can do this better. Or, I would change this and that and then it would be ideal.

    I love your reviews and recipes!

    • Haha. I think the more one bakes and cooks, you start to appreciate certain restaurant foods more but also become more critical too for things that you know aren’t that hard/you can do better.

  4. I LOVE pickles in general but really love them fried, yumm

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