Deep Fried Pickles


Hi guys (waving) it’s me Chuls dropping by for a quick visit.  How was your July 4th weekend?   We had fun  we cooked and watched movies all day.  My mom thought it would be cool to make fried pickles like the ones we tried at the Lavender festival.  I knew she would let experiment with different batters, as long as I didn’t make such a BIG mess.  I dipped the pickles in buttermilk and then passed them through panko but the batter did not stick.  I was going to ask my mom for help, but I thought “Chuls you can do it!”  Then I remembered my mom sometimes coats chicken in flour, egg wash, and then breadcrumbs.  I tried this with the pickles and it worked!  I wanted to try a pancake batter just to see how they would taste.  You will never guess.  When I fried the ones dipped in pancake batter they puffed up really, really, really big.  Mommy and I were laughing so much daddy came into the kitchen to see what was going on.  I only made two pancake dipped pickles one for daddy and one for pips (pips loves pancakes).  I really had fun experimenting and my family really liked my pickles.  I hope to stop by again with another recipe my mom enjoys my cooking and I am now in charge of dinner evey Tuesday.  She did give me the challenge of trying something new each week  to “push me out of my comfort zone” (her words) okay I’m cool I can handle it.

Parents try cooking with your kids they will enjoy the time spent with you and you won’t have to worry about your kids starving at college.  My mom wanted me to learn how to cook so I would know the importance of making my own meals and be able to take care of my self when I moved away.  The funny thing is she still doesn’t know I never plan to leave home..ha ha just joking mommy.   I hope you try these one weekend.    Peace out, stay cool and rock on dudes….Chuls !!

P.S.  Parents please be careful if you  fry with your kids, my mom set down strict rules when frying.

P.S.S.  Shout out to my new friend Joseph over at my mom’s friend Denise’s blog.   Stop by if you have a chance he recently made homemade pop tarts.

Deep Fried Pickles

by Sweet Life

Angelica Maria Rodriguez

makes 12

1 jar of pickles spears (dill, kosher your choice)


1 cup buttermilk

2 cups whole wheat panko

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder



oil for frying

Place pickles on paper towels and pat to dry.  Begin heating your oil over medium heat to 350 degrees.  Combine panko, cayenne, paprika, garlic salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.

Place flour in a plate and buttermilk in a bowl.  Dredge pickles in flour, dip in buttermilk and then coat with panko mixture.  Press the panko slightly onto pickle,  try to coat the pickle surface evenly.

Fry in batches, paying close attention they will fry quickly and burn.  Skim execss coating from oil before you fry another batch.  Lay your fried pickles on paper towels, sprinkle on salt and serve along side dip of your choice.

If frying with a child please be careful.



  1. Karenlee says

    HI, I just found your site after forgetting where I got this amazing pickle recipe. My son and I fell in love with deep fried pickles after trying them at St. Louis Bar & Grill, but it costs $7.95 for 6 spears, we figured we could make them ourselves. We tried several different ways, none very good, until we came across your site. First batch … AMAZING! I can’t wait to make these for friends this weekend.

    Keep experimenting!

    BTW – what you said about cooking? Well in our house we have always used meal prep time as “spill time” as this is when our boys will spill about their day, not over dinner when asked “so how was your day”. They are more likely to let you in on what’s going on while folding batter, measuring sugar or taste testing caramel sauce!

  2. says

    I only discovered fried pickles a few years ago and I wish I had known about them as a child (if they were even common back then?)

    Great pics, especially the last one. I can almost imagine the texture of that first bite – hot, crunchy, tart…oh man.

  3. says

    Now these look great. I used to always order these at Sonic…ok they didn’t look as good as yours…but I loved them.

  4. says

    I really want to try fried pickles and this recipe looks alot better than another one I found. I’m in love with how panko breads and cooks up. How did we ever live without it?

  5. says

    Hi Chuls,
    it’s good to see you pop by! Brilliant recipe. Deep-fried anything is good though, non? Never would have thought of the pickles. And the addition of panko is awesome. Because, who doesn’t like panko?

    So you’re gonna live at home forever? 😉

  6. says

    There is a drive-thru joint in LaGrande Oregon called Nell’s. I first discovered deep fried pickles there. I crave them all the time! They put dill in their batter too. Your pickles look delicious! So yummy!

  7. says

    They look wonderful and you actually got the breading to stick to them :-). It’s a great recipe. Have a fabulous day. Blessings…Mary

  8. says

    Chuls You did it again, looks like you are having loads of fun with your mama, And cooking like that…. starving at college is out of question. It looks yummy, very crunchy.

  9. says

    Hi Chuls! Never ever had a deep fried pickle before but yours look A-MA-ZING!!! Now I want one so bad! I’m going to have to get me a jar of pickles so I can try this. You are a kitchen genius, but then you are your mom’s girl, so what else would you be?

  10. says

    Hi Chuls! I have never fried pickles before but these look really good. I think it is cool that your mom allows you to experiment. You guys must have so much fun in the kitchen :)

  11. says

    I always wanted to try these! They sure look like a delicious little treat. It must of been of fun experimenting…now I know what works when I go to make them.

  12. Leiwei says

    hehe they reminded me of fried zuchinis. They would be an awesome snack, especially for pickle lovers such as myself.

  13. says

    We use the same batter sticking method with sliced eggplants. I wonder who initially came up with the brilliant idea. Thankfully, there’s always lots of talent in the kitchen.

    I never would have thought to do this with pickles. I do wonder if baking would work for this recipe? I guess, I’ll have to experiment with it.

    Interesting enough to bookmark. Thank you.
    Flavourful wishes,

  14. says

    Hiya Chuls, I’m excited to read your mom’s old posts, but I have to tell you, I’ve always cringed at deep fried pickles, but your presentation make them look so classy and tasty ;]

  15. says

    Hey Chuls, these look better than any fried pickle I’ve ever seen, and I worked in super fancy restaurants that liked to take typical bar food like this and make it fabulous and organic, etc. I remember the process being done to fried pickles. Yours look so much better-me likes!
    p.s. I want some whole wheat panko…

  16. says

    well, i’m 27 years old and scared to death of frying, but the delight that would result from eating these gorgeous salty treats might just defeat that fear! lovely post, chuls. :)

  17. says

    this is a great one Chuls, know your mommy learned a thing or two… I have never fried a pickle, I have had fried pickle chips but never spears, this is one I will have to try…and I esp like how you made them spicy….

  18. says

    Looks delicious! First time I hear about deep freid pickles…I am most definetely going to try this.

    what dip do you suggest?

  19. says

    My husband and I go crazy over “Frickles.” In fact, we travel all over NYC to find restaurants that have them. It’s dangerous.

    I gave you a Sunshine Award today (details on my latest post). Thanks for being so sweet!

  20. says

    If your a pickle lover, this is for you. I’m not into pickles, but I love panko.

    A great way to remember which goes first when making a crust…think FEB. That stands for: Flour, Egg, Bread crumbs.


  21. says

    Oh, wow! I never thought of frying pickles, but it sounds delicious! Very southern….just saw fried zucchini on a restaurant menu yesterday. Fried pickle spears–great idea for an appetizer, and an impressive one for a party!

  22. says

    I loved reading about your experimentation…isn’t that sometimes the best part of cooking? These pickles look sinfully good. Salty crunchy cucumber and perfectly fried panko…yum!


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