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Southern Fried Pickles

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Southern Fried Pickles
20 Min
15 Min

Need a downright delicious change-of-pace nibbler? Take your taste buds to some traditional Southern-style cooking and treat everyone to our easy batter-dipped Southern Fried Pickles. Yes, pickles! If you've never tried them, these are a must!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried dillweed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar dill pickle spears, chilled
  • 3 cups canola oil
What To Do:
  1. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal, flour, lemon pepper, dillweed, garlic, salt, and ground red pepper; mix well. In another shallow dish, whisk milk and eggs together.
  2. Dip pickles into egg mixture, then place in cornmeal mixture and coat evenly on all sides. Place on wax paper-lined platter.
  3. Chill 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Carefully add chilled pickles in batches to oil and fry 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towel-lined platter.


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I beg to differ that Deep Fried Pickles are from the South. We have the claim to fame here in DILLSBURG, Pennsylvania! And we use batter not a coating mix. Come to our Farmer's Fair in October and you can sample them along with our Dill Pickle Soup! Unbelievable, but it is for real!

I have made this and my family ate it up. I could not seem to get it on the tables fast enough. Thank you. Will be trying more.

My whole family likes these.

If they're dill pickles, how can they not be good?? Question: Must they be eaten as soon as fried, or can they be fixed a little ahead in order to take to a potluck??

I think they're best eaten while hot. Even re-heating leftover (rare chance of that happening) fried foods are never as good. Lol, take your deep fryer with you and serve 'em hot out of the fat!

They R good.

OK Mr. Food, I'm going to try these. I love pickles but I've never had any that were deep fried before although I do remember seeing them at the state fair last year. I watched your video and as always, it looks great, easy and delicious! Thank you. You're great and Oh so good!

For authentic Louisiana-style fried pickles, these need to be sliced. Theyre best with slices about double the thickness that you would find in a hamburger.

I totally agree with you as I would think the spears might me too juicy..

Here in TN you can find sliced and spears. I personally prefer the spears over the slices. The slices are a bit greasy for me. Try them both and decide for yourself!

I love fried pickles! Ive e had them made with spears before. They made them that way at the restaurant where my daughter worked here in NC. They were the first Id ever had and they were delicious. Ive had them both ways and both are great! Ive also had them where there is a cornmeal type coating and Ive had a tempura type as well as other coatings and loved them all. If theyre on the menu I have to try them.

Also lemon peper seasonings? Not feeling that.

Thank you for this recipe. I will try this. I also love fried dill pickles. My recipe is also easy, I use Whistle Stop Batter or any batter that is used for fried green tomatoes or Onion Rings. Just go by the directions for the tomatoes and they will be a hit.

I will have to try this mu hubby loves Pickles!

Frist time I had Fried Dill Pickles (slices) was in the Park @Stone Mountain near Atlanta Georgia. The were bing served free and I couldn't eat enough of them. I guess that is because I'm a dill pickle eater................gotta have a dill spear at bedtime. These pickles at the park was not hot. Not many places here in Southeast Iowa have them. Enjoy.........Bob

I've never had these in a restaurant. I tried to make them once. My question is: are they supposed to be hot? Mine were and I did not like hot pickles.

Try cutting out the cayenne pepper. If still too hot, try cutting back on lemon pepper seasoning in addition to leaving out the cayenne. Hope this helps!

Sounds good. Gotta try them. We enjoy them at one of favorite restaurants.

These are very good using hamburger dill slices. Makes an excellent appetizer for the games!


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