Fried Dill Pickles

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These fried dill pickles are a crowd-pleasing Southern dish with the perfect combo of tangy pickle flavor and crunchy coating that keeps you coming back. 

dipping fried dill pickle into ranch dressing.

Fried dill pickles are a classic Southern side dish and appetizer and here’s how I make them. This is a super simple and easy fried pickles recipe. All you need is dill pickle spears, milk, flour, cornmeal, and seasoned salt. And all we’re gonna do is coat the dill pickles and deep fry them to make fried pickles! So quick but so delicious. I love the flavor and texture combination of the tangy pickle with the crunchy coating.

Have them on game day or take them to your next barbecue but be careful. They will be gone in a jiffy especially if you have some delicious ranch sauce to dip them into!

recipe ingredients for fried dill pickles.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Dill pickle spears (you can also make with dill pickle chips for bite-size snacks).
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Seasoned salt

How to Make Fried Dill Pickles

Place cornmeal, some flour, and seasoned salt in bowl and stir.

Place cornmeal, some of the flour (see recipe), and seasoned salt in a bowl, and then stir it up really well.

drain pickles and lay them on paper towel.

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 #1: Milk

Bowl #2: Remaining flour

Bowl #3: Cornmeal mixture

dip pickle into milk

Dip each dill pickle into milk, then dip into flour, and then…

dip in flour then milk again

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.

dip in cornmeal

After the milk, flour, milk dip, dip into the cornmeal and turn to coat all sides.

repeat until all pickles are coated

Repeat until all of them are done. Handle them carefully so you don’t knock any breading off.

Fried dill pickles cooking in oil.

Place in a skillet of hot oil over medium-high heat and cook until golden brown (5 to 10 minutes).

Then cook until golden brown on the 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.

Fried dill pickles on paper towel-lined plate.

Once they get as brown as you want them, remove them to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

Fried dill pickles and dip

Serve with ranch dressing to dip them in.

Dipping fried dill pickle in ranch dressing.

Even if you are like me and don’t really care for ranch dressing, it’s good on these puppies!

Try my chipotle ranch dressing for something different.


Store leftover fried pickles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through so they’re crunchy once more.

Recipe Notes

  • As mentioned, you can use dill pickle spears, slices, or chips.
  • For a touch of heat, add a teaspoon of paprika or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients.

Recipe FAQs

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 flour but I grabbed self-rising flour first so that is what I’m using in this tutorial. It makes no difference.

How long should I fry the pickles?

5 to 10 minutes works fine. I realize 5 to 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.

How do you serve fried pickles?

Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Serve them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, like ranch dressing, comeback sauce, blue cheese dip, or aioli.
  • Add them to a homemade burger for extra crunch and flavor.

How do I make sure my fried pickles are crispy and not soggy?

There are a few things to do for the best deep-fried dill pickles:

  • Pat dry the pickles to ensure the batter sticks and there’s no excess moisture, as this makes them soggy.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough (350 to 375 degrees) before adding the breaded pickles to make them nice and crunchy.

What is the best oil for frying?

You want to use an oil with a higher smoke point, like vegetable oil, peanut oil, or canola oil.

Check out these other appetizing Southern appetizers:

Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe (Keto-Friendly)

Hush Puppies Recipe, Southern-Style

Southern-Style BBQ Wings

Easy Southern Salmon Patties

Southern-Style Fried Okra Recipe

Fried Pickles and dip

Fried Dill Pickles

These fried dill pickles are a crowd-pleasing Southern dish with the perfect combo of tangy pickle flavor and crunchy coating that keeps you coming back. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickles
Servings: 8
Calories: 60kcal


  • 1 jar dill pickle spears
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • ranch dressing for dipping


  • Pour vegetable oil to a depth of at least 1/2 inch in a medium-sized skillet and place over medium-high heat. Drain pickles and place spears on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb moisture while you prepare the breading.
    vegetable oil for frying, 1 jar dill pickle spears
  • Place cornmeal in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup of flour and seasoned salt. Stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, pour the remaining flour and place milk in a third bowl.
    1 cup flour, 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal, 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, 1 cup milk
  • 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 the hot oil and cook until golden brown, stirring once if needed (about 10 minutes).
  • Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving with ranch dressing.
    ranch dressing for dipping

These are extremely hot inside for several minutes after cooking.


    Calories: 60kcal
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    1. These are delicious! I substituted the flour for gluten free flour (we use King Arthur’s) because one of my family members has celiac, and the recipe still worked excellently! My whole family chowed down on these! Quite easy to make as well! Thank you for providing us with this simple recipe that can be easily made with common household ingredients.

    2. I love dipping these pickles in your Comeback Sauce. I bake my pickles. I spray a sheet pan with olive oil and place the fully breaded pickles skin side down then sprat the tops with olive oil. Bake them in my convection toaster oven on the top rack at 450 for 20-30 minutes. keep an eye on them.

    3. Hi Christy, Thank you for this yummy recipe! I made these for dinner tonight substituting gluten free flour for the all purpose flour and they turned out great. We served them with Comeback Sauce and Ranch dressing which both complimented them nicely. I will definitely make them again. 🙂

    4. Hello cant wait to try these pickles. But was wondering do you have a recipe for a southern fried Style mushrooms?
      Thank you!
      Much Peace & Kindness from Crystal Beach on Galveston Island, Tx

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