Caitlan and Hubby love pickles and they love fried pickles even more. This weekend Hubby decided to finally try making them himself at home. I think he was very happy that he did too! For anyone who has never had fried pickles and who love pickles you will be in for a treat. You take your favorite dill pickle slices and get them all coated with seasoned breading and then deep fry them for just a few minutes. They come out with a crispy and salty coating and then you bite into them to get that definitive crunchy and juicy dill pickle goodness.
The process is pretty straight forward and simple. You can change it up of course by using various different kinds of pickles or by the breading and seasonings you use. Hubby started out simple with plain old dill hamburger slice pickles this time but I think he may try several other kinds in the future. You can use pickle spears also instead of the round slices, just add a little more cooking time. The coating we used is actually labeled for fish breading, Andy’s Red Fish Breading (original). It is a very fine grind and sticks wonderfully to fish but also veggies and things like these pickle slices.
Note that Hubby did this outside on his gas fish cooker burner. You can do it in your kitchen as well if you want to use stove or your own small deep fryer. Regardless, be careful when you fry any food. Since Hubby was outside using the hot oil he had the fire extinguisher ready, just in case.
Fry pickles in batches according to what deep frying method you are using. Hubby did about 15-20 at a time in his large cast iron skillet. The pickles will float when ready – it took about 2 minutes for our pickles.
As you take them out of the fryer place on sheet pan lined with paper towel and immediately sprinkle with salt.
I think these would also turn out really well in the air fryer. Next time he makes some I will put a few in my Philips Air Fryer and let them compare between the oil fried and air fried and let you know what they think.
Are you a pickle fan? Have you ever tried fried pickles, or will you after reading this post? What would you dip your fried dill pickles into?
PS – I personally do NOT like dill pickles, but like I said Hubby and Caitlan love them!