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Crispy Southern-Style Fried Pickles

AB here, bringing you a finger-lickin’, crispy delight straight from the heart of the South – Crispy Southern-Style Fried Pickles! You’re in for a treat as we embark on a journey to create the perfect crunchy snack that’s bound to steal the show at any gathering. So, buckle up and get ready for a flavor fiesta that will have you savoring every crunchy bite!

Picture this: golden-brown perfection, a symphony of textures and flavors, and a snack that’s so addictive, you won’t be able to resist reaching for seconds. These Crispy Southern-Style Fried Pickles are more than just a snack; they’re a culinary adventure that combines the savory charm of pickles with a crispy, flavorful coating. Whether you’re hosting a game day get-together or simply craving a unique and mouthwatering treat, this recipe is your ticket to snack paradise.


  • 1 jar of dill pickle slices, drained and patted dry
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Prepare Pickles Drain the pickle slices and place them on a paper towel. Pat them dry to remove excess moisture.

Step 2: Set Up Dredging Stations In three separate bowls, set up your dredging stations. Place flour in one, buttermilk in another, and mix cornmeal with garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in the third.

Step 3: Dip in Flour Take a pickle slice and coat it in the flour, making sure it’s evenly covered. Shake off any excess flour.

Step 4: Dip in Buttermilk Next, dip the floured pickle into the buttermilk, ensuring it’s well-coated.

Step 5: Coat with Cornmeal Mixture Transfer the pickle to the cornmeal mixture, pressing gently to adhere the coating. Make sure both sides are coated evenly.

Step 6: Repeat Repeat the process with the remaining pickle slices. Place the coated pickles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 7: Chill (Optional) For an extra crispy texture, you can chill the coated pickles in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.

Step 8: Heat Oil In a deep skillet or fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).

Step 9: Fry Pickles Carefully place a few coated pickle slices into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Step 10: Drain and Serve Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried pickles to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat the frying process with the remaining pickles.

Step 11: Serve Warm Serve the crispy fried pickles immediately while they are still warm. Pair them with your favorite ranch dressing or dipping sauce.

Step 12: Enjoy Gather your friends, dig in, and enjoy the crunchy, flavorful goodness of these Southern-style fried pickles!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  1. Perfectly Pat Dry: Ensure the pickle slices are thoroughly patted dry before dredging to achieve maximum crispiness.
  2. Play with Seasonings: Adjust the seasoning levels according to your taste preferences. Add a pinch more cayenne for an extra kick!
  3. Chill for Extra Crunch: For an added crunch factor, chill the coated pickles before frying. This helps the coating adhere and crisp up beautifully.


  1. Spicy Sriracha Twist: Add a teaspoon of Sriracha to the buttermilk for an extra kick.
  2. Garlic Parmesan Delight: Mix grated Parmesan cheese into the cornmeal mixture for a cheesy, garlicky flavor.
  3. Cajun Spice Adventure: Infuse Cajun seasoning into the flour for a Southern Louisiana-inspired twist.
  4. Honey Mustard Fusion: Dip the fried pickles in a honey mustard sauce for a sweet and tangy combination.
  5. Buffalo-Style Bliss: Toss the fried pickles in buffalo sauce for a spicy Buffalo kick.

What to Serve With:

  1. Classic Ranch Dressing
  2. Garlic Aioli
  3. Blue Cheese Dip
  4. Sriracha Mayo
  5. Chipotle Ranch
  6. Creamy Dill Sauce
  7. Honey Mustard
  8. Spicy Ketchup
  9. Barbecue Sauce
  10. Tzatziki

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Crispy Southern-Style Fried Pickles


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