One time when we went to the Soulstock music festival in Decatur, Alabama with friends. It was hot hot hot. We passed the time by eating our weight in snow cones for a while, but then I got to wanting something a little more substantial and headed on over to the fried Dill Pickle Tent. Hey, it was a music festival. It’s not like they had a Grilled-Chicken-Wrapped-In-Lettuce tent – not that I would have gone there if they did but still…
Sharing Fried Dill Pickles With Northerners
The Fried Dill pickles went over very well with our group and even ended up in another repeat performance. I had fun sitting next to a friend of mine who is expecting and not from the South. She’s from up north a ways and I said “You do realize that you are now barefoot, pregnant, and sitting in a field in Alabama eating fried pickles?”
~giggles~ I just had to point out that she was officially living the good life 🙂
So here is how I make them. I don’t care for the sliced ones that much because they seem to have more of a twang to them plus they’re an awful lot more work. These are just plain good in my mind so let me show you how easy they are to whip up!
- Dill Pickle Spears (You can also make with dill pickle chips for bite size snacks)
- Corn Meal
- Seasoned salt*
What Can I Use If I Don’t Have Seasoned Salt?
You can make do with salt and pepper if you don’t have seasoned salt
What Kind of Flour Should I Use?
My “recipe” calls for all purpose but I grabbed Self Rising first so that is what I’m using in this tutorial. It makes no difference.
How to Make Fried Dill Pickles Step by Step
Place corn meal, some of the flour (see recipe), and seasoned salt in a bowl and then stir it up really well.
Drain your pickles and then lay them out on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess pickle juice.
Arrange three bowls for dredging:
Bowl #2 Remaining Flour
Bowl #3 Corn Meal mixture
Dip pickle into milk, then dip into flour and then…
After you’ve dipped the pickle in milk and then flour, dip it in milk again.
Don’t Miss This Important Step
This is an important step because what you’re doing is basically making a sort of glue that will help adhere more of the cornbread mixture to the pickle. I’ve made these before without this extra milk and flour dip and you end up with significantly less breading on your final pickles.
This is also a great trick to use when making fried green tomatoes or pretty much any other breaded fried item.
After the milk, flour milk dip, now dip into the cornmeal and turn to coat all sides.
Repeat until all of them are done. Handle them carefully so you don’t knock any breading off.
Place in a skillet of hot oil over medium high heat and cook until browned, then cook until browned on other side.
Unless you have enough oil to cover them, which I did not. If that is the case you won’t need to turn them. 🙂
Once they get as brown as you want them remove to paper towel lined plate.
How Long Should I Fry the Pickles?
Five to ten minutes works fine and I realize 5-10 minutes is kind of a big window here but it depends on how hot your oil is when you put them in and how brown you want them. And if you are like me, whether or not you get busy with other things and forget them for a few minutes.
They’re pretty forgiving.
Serve with ranch dressing to dip them in.
Even if you are like me and don’t really care for ranch dressing, it’s good on these puppies! 🙂
- 1 jar dill pickle spears
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup plain yellow corn meal
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1 cup milk
- Vegetable Oil to cook in
- Ranch Dressing for dipping
- Pour vegetable oil to a depth of at least 1/2 inch in medium sized skillet and place over medium high heat. Drain pickles and place spears on paper towel lined plate to absorb moisture while you prepare breading.
- Place corn meal in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup flour and seasoned salt. Stir until well combined. In separate bowl, pour remaining flour and place milk in third bowl.
- Using your hands, dip a pickle into milk, then flour, then milk, then cornmeal breading. Repeat until all pickles are breaded.
- Carefully place pickles into hot oil and cook until browned, stirring once if needed, about ten minutes.
- Remove from skillet and place on paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with ranch dressing.
These are extremely hot inside for several minutes after cooking.
Makes about 8
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