AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Fried Pickles Are An Addictive Appetizer, Especially When Prepared On The Grill

Deep fried pickles in a serving platter

Why Fry Inside? Your Outdoor Grill Handles the Job Better and Makes Incomparable Fried Pickles.

I first encountered deep fried pickle slices as part of an appetizer combo for the whole table at a local pub. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was, however, love at first bite as the crunchy golden brown breading gave way to the juicy, salty goodness of the pickle slice inside.

It wasn’t long before I tried making them at home using one of our current favorite “how to” techniques at AmazingRibs.com: grill frying. Deep-frying the pickles on the grill avoids the mess and lingering “fried food” smell when you deep-fry indoors. A little grease splatter on the grill? Who cares! Our easy tempura batter makes the whole dipping and frying process a snap, and creamy, spicy Sriracha ranch dipping sauce perfectly complements the crunchy fried pickles. Need a novel appetizer for your next cookout? This one will have everyone clamoring for more.

Fried Tempura Pickles Recipe


Deep fried pickles served with a side of ranch dressing
Tried this recipe?Tell others what you thought of it and give it a star rating below.
4.12 from 61 votes
We’ll bet you can’t stop at just one of these salty deep fried pickle chips, prepared on the grill for less mess.

Serve with: a pale ale.


Course:
Appetizer
,
Sauces and Condiments
,
Side Dish
,
Snack
,
Vegetable
Cuisine:
American

Makes:

Servings: 4 servings

Takes:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup bottled ranch salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (or more if you like it real spicy)

Deep Fried Pickles

  • 16 ounce jar dill pickle slices (a.k.a. hamburger slices, pickle chips)
  • 1/2 batch Easy Tempura Batter, prepared according to directions
  • Oil for frying
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Prep. Prepare the Sriracha ranch dipping sauce by combining the Sriracha and the ranch dressing in a small bowl. Blend well then refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.
  • Drain the pickle slices, reserving the liquid for future uses (for example, pickle juice is an easy and flavorful brine. It has been suggested that this is the secret to Chick-fil-A’s delicious fried chicken).
  • Fire up. Add 1 inch/25.4 mm of oil to a heavy pot or cast-iron Dutch oven, place it on the grill, and preheat the oil to 375°F/190.6°C. This technique is referred to as grill frying and is a great way to avoid the smells and mess associated with deep-frying indoors.
  • Prep again. Once the oil is ready, drop the pickle slices in the easy tempura batter and stir until each pickle slice is fully coated.
  •  Cook. With tongs, pull the pickle slices out of the batter, allowing some of the excess batter drip off before gently slipping them into the oil. Try to cook pieces of similar thickness together so they are done at the same time. Do not crowd the pot or the oil temperature will drop too low and the pickles might stick together. Try to keep the oil temp between 325°F/162.8°C and 350°F/176.7°C. Flip the battered pickle slices often and fry until the batter is golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per batch. When they are done, lift the pickle slices out of the oil with tongs or a spider strainer. Spread the deep fried pickle slices on paper towels to drain.
    Pot on a grill for deep frying pickle slices
  • Serve. Plate the tempura battered pickles and serve immediately with the Sriracha ranch dipping sauce.
    Deep fried pickle dipped into Sriracha ranch sauce

Related articles

Published On: 8/29/2018 Last Modified: 9/14/2021

  • Clint Cantwell - Clint Cantwell is AmazingRibs.com's Senior Vice President of Whatever, charged with creating recipes, writing articles, shooting photos, and a little bit of everything else. He was named one of the "10 Faces of Memphis Barbecue" by Memphis Magazine and was the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis".

 

High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

 

Moderators

  Max
Click for comments...

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker


The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

kamado grill
Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

Click here for our article on this exciting cooker


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review

 

Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

Click here to order.


Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube