Fried Pickles {A Cindy + Megan Adventure}

by Megan on January 19, 2012

After Cindy and I made donuts, we totally fried these pickles. It resulted in snack-lunch. First, donuts. Then fried pickles for *dessert.

*It totally reminded me of the time I had a lamb chop for dessert at another lady hang out. Yum.

We opted to get the cutest beer we could find. It was delicious too. We sipped the beer, ate these pickles, and chit-chatted at the kitchen table.

I’m dying to know if you guys have ever had fried pickles? Because not only are they delicious, they’re a breeze to make! And I suppose they’re a good food to eat while watching football … or in my case Law and Order.

Check out Cindy’s post here!

Fried Pickles
Beer batter recipe from William Sonoma


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • kosher salt
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • pickles
  • canola oil for deep-frying
  • aioli for dipping (We used Lemonaise)
special equipment –
  • candy thermometer


  1. Whisk together the flour, a generous pinch of salt, and cayenne pepper. Add the egg and beer and whisk until mixed completely. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slice up the pickles into short spears and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. When ready to fry, heat 3″ of oil in a pot to 350°F. (Or just fry in the hot oil right after you’ve fried up some donuts.) Line a plate with paper towel and place a baking sheet in your oven heated to 200°F.
  4. Once the oil is hot, submerge the pickles in the beer batter. Drop one by one, being careful not to crowd them, into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel lined plate and then to the warm oven. Serve with Lemonaise (below) or with mustard.

Normally I’m creeped out by condiments like this but this one is tasty.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Lora January 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

oh wow… that looks amazing. I think I may have to do that one weekend in the very near future. Doughnuts and pickles. Fried goodness.


Megan January 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Oh for sure! They’re a fun and tasty one.


Dana January 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

Yum! McClures are the best! The fried pickles look amazing… where did you find the lemonaise?


Megan January 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

I found it at Holiday Market in Royal Oak. They even have a chipotle variety!


cindy January 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’m thinking about those pickles right now! they were so good!


Megan January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Me too! And yeah man. We need to fry the dessert again soon.


Karen January 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yum, I love fried pickles. The best ones are at the Minnesota State Fair, so if you’re ever around these parts in late August, you need to get yourself to the fair. Fried pickles and ranch dressing…nothing better.


Megan January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Oh! Thanks for the tip! I have family in Minnesota so maybe I’llg et to have them someday.


Aileen January 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm

This is my all time favorite snack ever!


Megan January 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Ooh, yeah. It’s a solid snack, for realz.


NicoleD January 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Nice work on these! The batter looks so perfect. Love the McClure’s pickles and North Peak beers. Goooo Michigan!


Megan January 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, lady! And yeah! Mitten-love!


Jen @ pretty plate January 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I was just craving fried pickles!
Looks yummy!!

: ))


Megan January 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

Yes! I tend to cave fried pickles immediately after I finish eating fried pickles.


hannah January 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

You are a culinary genius. It makes me want to deep-fry everything…bananas…yams…

Your pictures are stunning!



Megan January 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

Thanks, Hannah!

Ooh deep fried bananas and yam… hell yes.


Des February 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Mmmmm I <3 Fried pickles dipped in ranch. Soooo good. Yours look heavenly.


Deanne May 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I am super late to the party but I just started reading your blog and this looks like the best lady date ever. Fried pickles are the best.

Love the blog!


Megan May 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Fashionably late! <3 I'm glad you found me!


sharilyn August 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Love fried dill pickles….Try dipping them in blue cheese dressing, you’ll love it!


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