Southern Fried Pickles



  • 1 (16-oz) jar dill pickles
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 dashes hot sauce (or more if you so desire)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Peanut oil


  1. Preheat about 2-inches of oil in a large (8 quart) pot to 350°F. Prepare a tray with double paper towel stack. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine buttermilk, egg, and hot sauce. Beat with a fork to combine. Drain pickle juice from pickle jar, add pickles to buttermilk mixture. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Add a small handful of pickles to flour mixture. Swirl pickles around and make sure they are well coated. Shake off excess flour and drop pickles in hot oil one at a time. Only put 6 pickles at a time so the temperature does not drop, making your pickles soggy.
  5. Fry pickles for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on a tray lined with paper towels.

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