Fried Pickles are the perfect snack, appetizer, or sandwich topper. This easy fried pickles recipe is crispy and crunchy, with a tangy ranch flavor. So addicting and great for game day!
What’s in Ranch Pickles?
Crispy fried pickles are the absolute best! This recipe takes simple pickles and kicks them up a notch by adding ranch right into the batter for a tangy flavor.
- Pickles: You can use any kind of pickles you like, but I recommend dill or bread and butter pickle chips.
- Pickle Juice: Use the juice from the pickle jar for the batter.
- Oil: Vegetable oil is best for frying.
- Flour: I used whole wheat flour for the batter but you can use another kind.
- Milk: I used skim milk.
- Ranch Seasoning: Buy a packet or make your own ranch seasoning. You can also use different seasonings if you prefer.
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Variations on Deep Fried Pickles
I personally think the ranch flavor makes for the best fried pickles, but it’s easy to change up the flavor. When making the batter, just switch out the ranch seasoning for whichever spices you prefer.
Here are a few ideas:
- Make them spicy with chili powder, cayenne, and/or paprika.
- Use taco spices or fajita seasoning.
- Try them with Creole seasoning or a Chili Lime mix.
Unfortunately, this recipe for fried pickles is not vegan. However, if you swap the skim milk for plant-based milk, you can easily make them vegan!
The trick to getting extra crispy pickles is to blot out any excess juice from the pickles with a paper towel. But the frying is what really does the trick. Guaranteed crispiness!
You can bake these instead of frying if you prefer. Follow the instructions below to make the batter and coat them. Then bake at 450°F until golden and crispy, about 15 minutes. Baking will be slightly healthier, but I still recommend frying for the crispiest, tastiest result.
If your pickles are soggy, it’s likely that the oil is not hot enough. This could be due to not using a thermometer, or it could be due to overcrowding the pickles in the fryer, which can reduce the temperature of the oil. Make sure the oil stays around 350-375°F throughout the entire frying process.
The best way to reheat leftover fried pickles is to use the oven. This will give them their crispy texture back so they aren’t soggy. Place leftovers on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F until they’re hot and crispy.
How to Store and Reheat Homemade Fried Pickles
Store leftover fried pickles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until crispy and warmed through.
How to Freeze Easy Fried Pickles
Freeze fried pickles in a single layer on a lined baking sheet until solid, about 1-2 hours. This will prevent the pickles from sticking together once frozen. Transfer the pickles to an airtight container or Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
What to Serve with Ranch Fried Pickles
Be sure to serve some dipping sauces along with these pickles! They go great with ranch, BBQ, honey mustard, aioli, or fry sauce. Or drizzle them with hot sauce! And of course, they’re perfect for eating with this Ranch Dill Pickle Dip. You can also use them as a topping on your favorite sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, or salads. Try them with Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Air Fryer Hamburgers, Egg Salad Sandwiches, or Turkey Burgers.