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Fried pickles: food of the drunk, the southern, and the fantastic. They're one of my absolute favorite terrible-for-me foods. If you've never had them, you might be questioning my taste right now... but you should really give them a try! You won't regret it.

Fried pickles make a great appetizer for a group - they're perfect with barbeque! They're also really simple to make, so you get more time eating and less time cooking. :D And you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

I make my fried pickles with a little cornmeal in the batter because that's how I've always had them - but feel free to change up the base recipe as you like!

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • pickles of your choice - spears or slices
  • 3/4 cup flour (all purpose is best)
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • seasonings of choice - I did Tony's, black pepper and dill - if you don't use Tony's you'll want to add salt
  • vegetable/canola/peanut oil for frying
I prefer thinner slices of pickle, but spears are excellent too. You might want to double bread them. :D
carterc1304 months ago
anyone ever have deep fried cheese curds or butter?
jessyratfink (author)  carterc1304 months ago

wizgirl's got a recipe up for cheese curds that looks really good!


SparkySolar10 months ago


I love fried pickles! Thanks for the recipe, they taste great.
MiKOTRON2 years ago
So awesome! I'm going to try these at the restaurant tonight.
I and everyone that I work with loved this recipe. Thank you for finding and sharing the best fried pickle recipe that I've ever tasted.
doodlecraft2 years ago
Ooh I love these! The perfect pregnancy craving fixer--not that I'm pregnant, but it would have been awesome when I was!!!! Thanks for the how-to! :)
eyesee2 years ago
Will not be too salty
kenbob2 years ago
I loved your "food of the drunk" statement - I had these at a happy hour once. Loved them! Thanks for sharing.
wazzup1052 years ago
I'm intrigued... this could very well be very nice :)
kelseymh2 years ago
I discovered these at a restaurant in Newport News, VA. I had never heard of them before, and have no idea where to find them in California (other than your kitchen, apparently :-), but they are amazing. I could feel my arteries hardening when the waitress set them down...
I'm so happy to see this! Totally going to make some!
mygibzone2 years ago
I LOVE fried pickles, but never attempted to make them myself. Now I can! Yipee!
I just had these at a fast food place the other day and they were awesome!