Fried Pickles with Dipping Sauce

fried pickles

If you’re a fan of pickles and love a good crunch, this recipe will be a hit. With a simple but flavorful batter and a zesty mayo sauce for dipping, these fried pickles are the perfect snack or appetizer to share with friends or enjoy as a tasty treat all to yourself.

Fried Pickles with Dipping Sauce

Recipe by Melissa Nicholson Course: Appetizers


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With a simple but flavorful batter and a zesty sauce to match, these fried pickles is a perfect snack or appetizer.


  • For the Pickles
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1 tsp 1 onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 buttermilk

  • 2 cups 2 sliced dill pickles (about 1/4 inch thick)

  • vegetable oil, for frying

  • For the Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp 1 hot sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 honey

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder

  • salt, to taste


  • Fry the Pickles
  • In a skillet or deep frying pan, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk in the buttermilk until combined.
  • Dip each pickle slice into the batter, shaking off any excess.
  • Carefully drop the coated pickle slices into the hot oil in batches, frying for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried pickles to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  • Make the Dipping Sauce
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, honey, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt to make the dipping sauce. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve the fried pickles hot with the dipping sauce on the side.


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Bourbon stole my heart a few years ago when I had several opportunities to write about it. Food stole my heart when I was lucky enough to be raised by a mom who managed to make nearly everything from scratch when we were growing up.