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Fried Pickle Spears

Fried Pickle Spears are Panko crusted dill pickle spears fried in a skillet until golden and crunchy.

Fried Pickle Spears  on a plate with a ramekin of ranch dressing.

Fried Pickle Spears

Have you ever had fried pickles?

As unusual as it may seem, this tangy and crunchy treat is a culinary delight.  It is not uncommon to see fried pickles listed as an appetizer on the menu of "southern" restaurants.

Typically fried pickles are made with the bite-sized burger chips but I like using the spears.  They pack more of a tangy punch and require less seasoning in the batter.

How to make fried pickle spears?

I started by laying the spears out on paper towels to drain off excess moisture.  I even blotted them a bit then dredged them in flour and egg before adding the panko crust.

This method worked out perfectly, the panko breadcrumbs adhered to pickle spears and after frying, they turned golden and crunchy.  Serve the fried pickle spears with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce and you have the perfect appetizer.

Fried Pickle Spear being dipped in a ramekin of ranch dressing.

If you make this fried pickle spears recipe, please let me know how you like them! Did you try a different sauce? I'd love to hear about your experience.

Fried Pickle Spear being dipped in a ramekin of ranch dressing.

Fried Pickle Spears

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Panko-crusted dill pickle spears fried in a skillet until golden and crunchy.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups canola oil
  • ½ cup (65 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 6 dill pickle spears
  • ranch dressing, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Place pickle spears on a plate with paper towels, blotting gently to remove excess moisture.
  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Add eggs to another shallow dish and beat gently with a fork or whisk. Place panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish.
  4. Dip each pickle spear into the flour, then into the egg, back into the flour, then back into the egg, and lastly into the breadcrumbs. Be sure to coat well with the breadcrumbs.
  5. Fry in hot oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Drain pickles on a cooling rack set over newspaper or paper towels. Serve with ranch dipping sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 spear
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 484mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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Hope Fry

Saturday 28th of August 2021

What kind of pickles has everyone tried? I'm thinking of trying Nathan's Kosher Dill spears. Thanks!

Andi

Sunday 26th of April 2020

Could I use italian style bread crumbs instead of panko?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

I think those would work but they won't turn out as crispy.

BobbyJo

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

These were amazing!!! Better than restaurant ones even!! My whole family loved them!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jennifer

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Can these be done in a air fryer?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 6th of June 2019

I'm not sure, I haven't made them in an air fryer. Let me know if you try it.

Sam

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

I had always loved ordering these at restaurants so I thought I'd take a shot at this myself. Really loved your pictures, they helped me follow the recipe perfectly - they turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 18th of October 2018

Hi Sam! I'm so happy to hear that! Fried pickles have always been a favorite of mine!

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