Fried Pickles

I have a confession to make. And please don’t judge me.

I’m a reality TV addict. I’m an ABC Family junkie too, but let’s not go there today. In my opinion the trashier the reality TV show the better. I don’t waste time on semi-wholesome shows like The Apprentice or Survivor. No way!

But I DVR all the guilty pleasures: Real World, Teen Mom, Real Housewives (all except DC and Miami – yuck!), 16 and Pregnant, etc.

You name it, I watch it! But anyone who loves reality TV as much as I do (you know you’re guilty!) knows that the creme de la creme, the one and only Jersey Shore is the best. In honor of the premiere tonight I wanted to post one of Snooki’s favorites. Fried pickles.

For those of you who think Jersey Shore rots your brain, you’re probably right. But this show cracks me up so much that the rotten brain may be worth it. :-/

And Snooki was onto something with fried pickles. They’re fun to snack on and they’re surprisingly tasty. This recipe is basic–only 5 or 6 ingredients. I think throwing more seasonings into the batter would be good too. Perhaps chili powder or cayenne pepper for a bit of spice. Or garlic powder for extra flavor? Extra seasoning or not, you’ve got to try fried pickles at least once in your life, it might as well be for the season premiere!

Cabs Are Herreeee!

How to Make Fried Pickles

  1. While your oil heats, start slicing your dill pickles.

  2. Crack 2 eggs and pour in the beer.

  3. Whisk the beer and eggs together.

  4. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Add enough flour to make a batter and whisk some more.

  6. Dip the pickles into the batter, letting any excess batter drip off.

  7. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes in total.

  8. Once they’re done, place them on a towel to help soak up the extra oil. Season with salt.

Fried Pickles! Just in time for Jersey Shore tonight!! 🙂

Fried Pickles

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer


  • 2 whole Dill Pickles, sliced into ½ inch rounds (we used Claussen)
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cup flour
  • canola oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Pour enough oil in a large skillet so that the oil is about 1-2 inches up the side of the pan. Or use a deep fryer if you have one. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Slice pickles into ½ inch slices. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and 3/4 cup beer. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Whisk in enough flour to form a batter. If the batter is too thick add the remaining beer to thin the batter.
  • Using tongs, dip pickles one at a time into the batter and then place in the heated oil. Fry pickles for about 2 minutes flipping the pickle after about 1 minute.
  • Place pickles on a plate lined with paper towel and season with salt. Serve with Ranch Dressing.
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