Fried Pickles with Cajun Dipping Sauce

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  • Cook time icon 15 minutes Prep | 20 minutes Cooking
  • Servings icon 4-6 Servings
Fried Pickles

Sauce

Pickles

  • 2 cups dill pickle chips, drained
  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Preparation

Sauce:
1. Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Cajun seasoning in a bowl.

2. Cover and refrigerate until use.

Fried Pickles:
1. Spread the drained pickles on paper towels and pat dry.

2. Heat 1 inch of peanut oil in a pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°F.

3. While oil is heating, crack the eggs into a bowl, beat well.

4. In another bowl, mix the flour, Italian seasoning and cayenne.

5. Add 10 pickles to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Remove pickles from the flour, shake off excess and then place in beaten eggs, coat well, then put back in the flour mixture and coat again.

6. Carefully place the pickles into the oil one at a time. Fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.

7. Remove pickles from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

8. Return the oil to 375° and repeat process with remaining pickles.

9. Serve hot with the prepared sauce.

Recipe Story

This History of the Dish:

Fried pickles burst onto the food scene in the early 1960s, ready to take their rightful place in the culinary world. After the first printed recipe in the Oakland Tribune in 1962, this southern favorite spread like wildfire throughout the country. Over 50 years later, deep-fried pickle slices can be found at state fairs, food festivals, drive-ins, local restaurants, and homes alike. A versatile appetizer or side, this homemade fried pickles recipe pairs perfectly with a creamy Cajun dipping sauce made with the subtle, tangy taste of Duke’s Mayonnaise.

Crunchy Fried Pickles:

Once you’ve whipped up your zesty fried pickle sauce, it’s time for the main event: the crispy, salty fried pickle slices. Herbaceous Italian seasoning and spicy cayenne pepper give the savory, crunchy breaded exterior a depth of flavor that complements the juicy pickle slice.

Creamy Cajun Dipping Sauce:

With only three ingredients, this fried pickle dipping sauce is quick and easy to make at home. Combine ketchup, Duke’s Mayonnaise, and Cajun seasoning for a sweet yet spicy dipping sauce that pairs perfectly with fried favorites like this fried pickles recipe.

How to Serve:

Because of its popularity and versatility, many unique fried pickle recipes and serving styles have developed throughout the years. Dish up these fried pickle disks as a delicious accompaniment to Duke’s Amazing Glaze Grilled Salmon, as a side paired with Duke’s Juicy Burgers, or eat them as a summer snack. If Cajun isn’t your style, the fried pickles also taste great dipped in Duke’s Loaded Onion Dip.

 

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