Fried Pickles

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    If you are coming to this blog post from another site claiming that this recipe is made for an air fryer; they are falsely claiming this. This blog post was written in 2013 — far before air fryers were ever a “thing” or “popular.”

    They stole my photo (copyright issue, amongst other issues) and linked to this post claiming it’s for an air fryer.

    No where in this post do I say it’s for an air fryer. Again, this was written in 2013.

    Fried Pickles |


    Fried Pickles |

    Yesterday, we had a really early flight to Baton Rouge and the night before, we had talked about what time we should leave to head to my parent’s house in the morning. We had said that we should leave at 6am so we could be at my parent’s house by 630 so they could take us to the airport. I got those times mixed up and I thought we were leaving at 630, so I set our alarm for 545. Can you even imagine the panic that ensued when we woke up at 545 yesterday and realized we only had 15 minutes to get ready and make it out the door? Impressively, we got out the door in 20 minutes. This is number one reason why I make us pack the night before. I don’t think I could ever be one of those people who pack the morning of. I would be bound to forget something. I’m already a crazy anxious person on flight day, I can’t imagine trying to pack the day of!

    We had a layover in Houston and it was going to be a 3 hour layover for a 1 hour flight. Such a bummer! But we looked on the monitor screens and noticed that there were 3 additional flights out to Baton Rouge way earlier than ours so we decided to chance it and ask to get on the standby list when we landed. We waited about 15 minutes and then found out we were able to get on! And, even better was that we were able to sit next to each other AND we were in the exit row. I was about to buy a lotto ticket ;) I’ve never done standby before and every time I see people who do standby, I get all nervous for them and pessimistic cause I never think they work out, but I guess they do! We arrived to our destination 2 hours early, which is super nice because we had more time to settle in before our long drive to Florida.

    Since it’s Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d share some fried pickles with y’all! Who doesn’t love fried pickles? I LOVE dill pickles and even more when they’re fried. I’m not even pregnant and I will eat dill pickle spears straight out of the jar. I think fried pickles are the perfect snack/appetizer for Labor Day weekend when you’re grilling out. They’re really easy to whip together. Don’t be afraid of frying – it’s really not terrible! If you have a deep pot, it barely even splashes anywhere.

    Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the last bit of summer!

    5 from 1 vote

    Fried Pickles

    Fried pickles are addictive and easy to make for any party or whenever a craving hits!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Calories: 361kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1: 16 oz jar of dill pickle slices, drained and pat dry with paper towels
    • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
    • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
    • Thermometer, frying
    • Spider strainer, for frying


    • Heat oil in a large deep pot (like a Le Creuset Dutch Oven) until temperature reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • While oil is heating up, in a shallow bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, paprika, cayenne, and garlic powder.
    • In small batches, coat pickle slices in cornmeal flour mixture and place on a baking sheet while you finish coating the rest.
    • When ready place pickle slices in spider strainer and gently place in oil. You don't want to put too many in at once, otherwise the oil temperature will drop. Do them in small batches. I think I did about 10-12 each time.
    • Flip the pickle slices over after 3 minutes and fry the other side for another 3 minutes. You're really looking to just get the pickle slices a light color brown.
    • Place fried pickles on a plate with a paper towel to drain.
    • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.


    Nutrition Facts
    Fried Pickles
    Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
    Calories 361 Calories from Fat 135
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 15g23%
    Carbohydrates 48g16%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Protein 6g12%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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  • Tieghan says:

    Now that is some lucky traveling!! Yay!! Always love when flying doe not totally suck!

    Love the fried pickles and they are the perfect labor or game day snack!

  • tanya says:

    I love love love dill pickles, but have never tried to fry them at home! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    You are such a jet setter! I love fried pickles, but have never made them at home. They are so crazy good! Hope y’all enjoy your time in Florida!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Glad standby was a positive experience, Julie! I love pickles…of any kind, really. Must make these soon for hubby as he adores the fried pickles served locally here at a pub. That cornmeal crunch looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Labor Day holiday weekend!

  • Kathryn says:

    These sound like they’d be so darn addictive! Have a wonderful time in Florida : )

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Fried pickles are so good and these look amazing!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Yum! These look amazing!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    For all the cucumbers we grow that get turned into pickles I never made these, but that’s going to change in the next harvest batch!

  • marla says:

    Saw these on Pinterest first….OMG such a fun snack

  • Gina says:

    I have never had one before- but I think you may have just pushed me to just do it already.

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    I am one of those overly anxious person too..Have a great labor day weekend. I am craving these now

  • Winnie says:

    I have heard of these at fairs, but never had one. I will give them a try as currently all I use my cornmeal for is the bottom of my baking stone for bread making!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    You are an evil genius my dear :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Not even kidding, I wanted these all of the time when I was pregnant with Pax! Haha! They’re sooooo good :) xoxo

  • Maria says:

    These could be dangerous!

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    Yes, yes and yes! I love fried pickled but have never tried making them at home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Karly says:

    Fried pickles is seriously one of my favorite foods! Haha! Love them so much!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’ve only flown standby once and it was nice. I mean esp in your case, you were already there and just waiting to see if you could catch an earlier flight. Sometimes it totally works out! Also… I’ve always wanted to try fried pickles so I think you need to introduce these to me or me to them.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:


  • Gaby says:

    yay for exit rows and earlier flights and fried pickles!

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Fried Pickles are AMAZING. I need these in my life righthissecond.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These are a big-time favorite in Austin! Yours look SO perfect, Julie. Crunchy, salty and tangy. Love it!

  • Lisamarie says:

    Yes! Thanks for posting this, I cannot wait to try these. We often pair fried pickles with Jameson!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I’ve never tried fried pickles but these look like one addictive snack!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Holy pickles!!! These are too fun! (And GREAT photos!)

    Hope you and Jason have a fabulous weekend on vaca!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Oh yum! I’ve never tried fried pickles, but can’t wait to! Happy weekend! xo

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    Fried pickles became a love of mine when I lived in Nashville. Super YUM! BTW, you are SO close to me right now!! Baton Rouge is only 2 1/2 hours! But, you’re heading to FL??

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Eeeek!! I love fried pickles!! Hope you are having fun in Florida!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    Fried pickles are a staple around here. Yours look amazing!

  • Coty and Mariah says:

    Oh are these ever our favorite!

    • Julie says:

      Same here!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    AH, I have such a soft spot for fried pickles. You brought the state fair right to my door Julie. D-lish!

  • Monet says:

    I’m so glad that your travel plans ended up working out! Yay! And these fried pickles look DELICIOUS. I wish I had some in front of me now. Thank you for sharing with me! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Monet! I hope you have a great rest of the week, too!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Fried pickles!! I just love this :) so perfect

  • Stephanie says:

    Wow, lucky flight! Also, YAY FOR FRIED PICKLES!!!

  • Aaren Griffith says:

    Loved these fried pickles. The hubby made them tonight so good!

    • Julie says:

      So glad you enjoyed these :) I love fried pickles!

  • Liddy says:

    Do you have a good dipping sauce recipe for these? I’ve had fried pickles twice in restaurants, and I’ve loved the sauce, but don’t know exactly what the sauce ingredients were. Hope to try your recipe for the fried pickles soon and would love to have a sauce recipe to serve with it!

  • Lynna says:

    You crave pickles when you`re pregnant?! Omg, I`ll be in trouble. I love dill pickles already! Ahah. I would eat these all the time!

  • David says:

    I don’t really like dill pickles.can half sours be used?

    • Julie says:

      Yup, that’ll be fine!

  • Penneynurse says:

    wonder if anyone has tried deep fried bread and butter pickles…

    • Julie says:

      It’d work the same way as these dill pickles.

  • Linda says:

    Sweet pickles cook same, certainly not taste as good as the dill. They just don’t deep fry and taste good to me. Have tried many different ways and have given up. Just stay with dill. YUM!!!

  • Debi says:

    These are delicious. I also do olives, just as yummy!

  • Terry H says:

    I have always LOVED Fried Pickles. Have even made them before. But Dipping Sauce? I’ve always eated them plain. What kind of dipping sauce do you use?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I like a mayo-based sauce. So sometimes I do sriracha mayo or just plain ketchup if I’m feeling ketchup

  • My name says:

    Was not a recipe for air fryer

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I never claimed it was.


    I can’t wait to try

  • Cathy says:

    I thought this was a recipe for an air fryer with no oil and then the recipe says to use 1whole qt of canola oil??

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Honestly, I don’t know where people are getting this information that this is for an air fryer. I never claimed it was nor anywhere in the blog post does it say it’s for an air fryer. This blog post was written in 2013 — WAY before air fryers were ever popular. If you found this photo and link to my post on another site claiming that this is for an air fryer, then that is that site’s false claims and I am not responsible. I’m sorry you came here thinking it was for an air fryer but the site you found this photo/link on is clearly very wrong and they also shouldn’t be stealing photos and claiming as such.

  • Jody says:

    Tried fried pickles, twice. So so good

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