Have you ever tried fried pickles? Although it may sound like something you'd never touch, if you like pickles and you like things fried, you must give them a second thought. I was first introduced to this southern favorite when I was in college in Nashville (years ago). In fact, I think I remember the specific restaurant downtown on 2nd Avenue. My college friends and I were in the middle of learning a few line-dancing steps at the popular saloon when the server brought out a plateful of these fried pickles. After my group quickly left the dance floor and started devouring them, I knew I had to give them a try.
Since then, I had intentions on trying to make fried pickles at home, but I never got around to it even though I had numerous recipes bookmarked. Since cleaning up splattered oil is not one of my favorite chores in the kitchen, the recipes were always thrown to the back burner. Finally, when I came across a version that didn't require actually frying them in oil, but claimed to be equally crispy baked in the oven, I jumped at the first chance to make them. And, hear me clearly, now that I've tried this oven-broiled variation, I might never attempt the actual frying version!
When shopping around for pickle slices, I wasn't satisfied with the thickness of the pre-sliced options. My suggestion is to buy a jar of whole pickles so you can slice them to your desired thickness. The pickle slices are dipped into a spicy sauce and then coated with Panko bread crumbs. You want them to be thick enough so the pickle flavor is still more evident than the spicy sauce. After broiling them for 3 minutes on each side, you end up with zesty pickle slices that snap with each bite.
I doubled the recipe in order to freeze a bunch for later use. (Directions for freezing then baking are included below.) My 30+ week pregnant sister is coming to visit this weekend. There's no question that I'll bust them out of the freezer just for her! 🙂
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Oven “Fried” Pickles
- 1 jar whole pickles , sliced into thick slices (I use Claussen Kosher Dill)
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs
- Ranch dressing , for serving
- Adjust the oven rack to the center position. Preheat the broiler to HI. Set a wire rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Spray with nonstick oil; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and flour. Add the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper. Stir until fully incorporated.
- Place the Panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Dip a pickle slice first into the egg mixture, then coat with the Panko bread crumbs. Set on the greased wire rack. Repeat with remaining pickle slices.
- Broil for about 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with Ranch dressing.
- Freezing Instructions: Before broiling, place coated pickle slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flash freeze for 20 minutes. Transfer frozen pickle slices to a labeled freezer bag. When ready to prepare, preheat the broiler to HI and broil on the greased wire rack set in a baking sheet for 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Source: Adapted from The Culinary Couple