Beer Battered Fried Pickles

We continue onto Week 6 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! This week I give you one of my favorite guilty pleasures-fried pickles! Nothing says let’s watch some football more than beer battered pickles. I remember the first time I tried fried pickles was in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio at The Old Bag of Nails Pub. I about fell out of my chair!

Warm, crunchy, beer battered pickles served with a ranch dipping sauce-I was in heaven! I know some of you that have not tried fried pickles think I am crazy for posting this recipe today, but for those of you that have tried them, I bet you are already making plans to try these! ;) Trust me, you need these at your next tailgate! So go ahead and pour yourself a cold one and sink your teeth into some incredible pickles! :)

Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 (16-oz.) jars dill pickle spears, drained
1 large egg
1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch cracked black pepper
Pinch cayenne
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
Ranch for dipping

Directions:

Place pickles in a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl to drain for 10 minutes. Than pat pickles dry with paper towels.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, beer, baking powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
In a large sauce pan, pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches and heat over medium-high heat to 375°.
Dip pickle spears into batter and fry in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Drain paper towels and serve immediately with ranch dipping sauce.

Source: adapted from Southern Living, July 2007

If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites               

Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork 

Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs                 

Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites         

Week Five: Texas Chili                            

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One Year Ago: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting 

113 Responses to “Beer Battered Fried Pickles”

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    Kim @ Eat What You've Got — October 8, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Those look great! I have had the fried slices, but have never had the fried spears. I will have to give them a try!

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    Bluejellybeans — October 8, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    These look great! Thanks for the recap of the previous recipes, that way I have all that babies in one page ;)

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    chicaandaluza — October 8, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Wow – these look so naughty and so nice!

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    http://jodiskitchenandhome.blogspot.com/ — October 8, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Who knew this food even existed? I’m all over it!

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    ChgoJohn — October 8, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Deep fried pickles. Where have you been all my life? These seem like the ultimate game day snack. Thanks, Christina!

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    Eliot — October 8, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    I have never seen fried spears. I have had fried slices. And, I do not know how I have missed your previous week’s posts. I am remedying that now!

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    jennknee — October 8, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I don’t even know what to say! I’ve never seen this before…but I’m assuming they are tasty (guiltily so) even they are on your website!

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    Lindsey @ gingerbreadbagels — October 8, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    Oh my goodness these look soooo insanely good! I’ve never had fried pickles before but have always wanted to try them. :)

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 8, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    You make me want to tailgate! I don’t even watch football.

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    The Teenage Taste — October 8, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    Oh my goodness – fried pickles! I haven’t had those things in forever! That definitely needs to change! :-)

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    Jen Roque — October 8, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Never had them whole before, great post! I love me some fried pickles!

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    Erin — October 9, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Oh wasn’t last night so exciting at first yet such a bummer? But good fried food like this makes it all better, right?

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    Megan — October 9, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    100% in love with this recipe!

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    Nicki — October 10, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    I am so curious to try these! I love pickles!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 10, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I’ve had fried pickles before, but didn’t love the coating…now this batter is a winner with me!!!

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    Carlie Chew — October 10, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I was just thinking about fried pickles yesterday : ) haha. I have never had them before, but I love pickles and how can you go wrong with a fried pickle. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I’ll have to try it.

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    Mikalee Byerman — October 10, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Great recipe — not sure if I can get past the whole deep-fried pickle thing, but I can see how fun this must be to make!

    ;)

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    conniewalden — October 10, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the eats. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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    natasiarose — October 10, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    I actually like fried pickles, even though one would think the two textures wouldn’t marry well together. Great post!

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    Lakia Gordon — October 10, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I heart pickles, but I would have to take a small piece of someone else’s before purchasing one lol

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    Pasta Princess — October 10, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    I’m so curious I have to try these! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    improperly forward — October 10, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    At first, I was a little leery. Then I read the recipe and drooled over the pictures, so I think I’m a believer.

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    fergyhun — October 10, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    These look simply amazing!!

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    gwendolynk8 — October 10, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I don’t think there’s anything I love more than fried pickles. As long as they are not in a corn meal batter, definitely not as good as beer batter!

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    thepassionateplum — October 10, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Seems we all like anything better “FRIED” these days. Fried pickles remind me of fried green tomatoes and I’m loving it !!!! gotta try them. But now…..Fried Snicker Bars, come on ;-)

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    mesamendoza — October 10, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I might have to try this recipe out.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 10, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    These, truly, look like the best things I’ve ever seen. I need these in my life THIS INSTANT. yum.

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    Susan — October 10, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Very yummy post! I have ate fried pickles before but never home made! They are very good, thanks for sharing!

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    Caroline — October 10, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Congrats on getting freshly pressed, that’s so exciting! These are the perfect tailgate food. Even though our Buckeyes aren’t doing too well, I’m still supporting them!

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    Sue — October 10, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Looks good, especially with the ranch dressing.

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    BernieLuvsEllen — October 10, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Does look yummy.

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    Renee — October 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Congrats on being FP – You DESERVE it!!!

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    Monsieur Jamon — October 10, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    These look delicious.. can’t wait to try ‘em out!

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    pathguy — October 10, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Awesome! I like the rundown of all the other weeks at the end!
    Clever!

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    Ana — October 10, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Love fried food! I just made some chili rellenos, but do you have the problem of you kitchen smelling like a fast food joint for days after? I hate the lingering fried smell! Oh but the fried food is so good.

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    mamanne — October 10, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    We spent about 18 months living in the south – they like to batter and fry just about anything, don’t they?! My daughter and I nearly died of happiness and fat at a county fair when we got the deep-fried chocolate chip cookies!! Sheesh. I’ve had fried pickles, yes… pretty dang tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Jacqui Barrineau — October 10, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    I’ve loved fried dill pickles — specifically the chips — for a long time, but I never thought to add the pinch of cayenne. Genius!

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    Michael Richards — October 10, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    These look great and I am going to try them. I recently just made something very similar and also surprisingly good – beer-battered AVOCADO! Same recipe, just substitute avocado for pickles.

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    Courtney Cox — October 10, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    My mouth is watering! I couldn’t help be reminded of the State Fair of Texas while I read your blog. It’s fried food galore! I’m going next week. Can’t wait. Thanks for the post! I enjoyed it.

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    marydrakeface — October 10, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I love fried pickles when they’re sliced up into little chips. Mmm, so much fried deliciousness. Great with honey mustard, too.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 10, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    You’re on Freshly Pressed, woo hoo!

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    msperfectpatty — October 10, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    YUM! I looooovvvveeeee fried pickles! I’ll have to try this recipe!

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    Lowongan Kerja — October 10, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    mmm…looks so crunchy. delicious.

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    upsidedowncookbook — October 10, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Not sure what to think about such a thing, but willing to give it a try! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    Rachel — October 10, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    These look amazing.. I LOVE pickles – I’m definitely trying this recipe!

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    Meg — October 10, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    I am definitely going to try these at our next Penn State tailgate! I have heard of these before but never tried to make them. Thanks!

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    Z — October 10, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    never tried fried pickels before. This sounds like a great recipe to be my first. Thanks!

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    layersuponlayers — October 10, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    I want to try these!!! Bring ‘em on!

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    Ann — October 10, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I have to say – these look amazing! For those who haven’t had a fried pickle….make sure you try them! They’re amazing!

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    Paul Johnson — October 10, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Hey there! I found your blog from the Freshly Pressed button and absolutely LOVE it! I can’t wait to make these!

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