Hub's Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Another lovely recipe inspired by my sweet Husband!

As I have mentioned before... he isn't much of a cook. He makes bean dip, he can do bacon and eggs... on occasion you'll even see him whip up some pancakes or waffles.... but when it comes to frying foods.... He is my Fry Daddy!

He really knows his stuff about deep fat frying. His fried foods are do die for! And they will kill you... eventually.

If he cooked we would be living off panko crusted chicken tenders (fried) and beer battered everything!

Luckily... I do the majority of the cooking so no heart attacks for us... knock on wood!

Now... if you have never had fried pickles... crawl out from under your rock and fry those babies up.

You really don't know what you have been missing!

I've been quite obsessed with them since my pregnancy with Madelyn last summer. A friend of ours owns a bar/club in Manchester. We went to visit him shortly after they opened and his head cook was experimenting with different fried pickle recipes... guess who got to be his taste tester! ME. Oh man I've never eaten so many pickles or fried things in one sitting.... it was every pregnant girls dream!

After that visit to Jokers (that's the name of the bar) I had fried pickles on the brain and set Hubs to work frying whatever kinds we had in the fridge up.

We have done bread crumb coatings, batters, we have tried using sandwich slices, hamburger slices, spears, gherkins, dill, sweet, spicy... any type you can think of.

After so many experimental batches (tough life eating so many yummy fried pickles!) I've come up with what I think is the perfect way to make them....

One is... the bread and butter hamburger sliced pickle. These are those thin quarter sized pickles that are super sweet and awesome... then the 2nd... Kosher Dill Gherkins. Both dipped into a spiced up beer batter.

Beer Battered Fried Pickles


1 16 oz jar of your favorite pickle (I used 8 oz bread and butter 8 oz kosher dill)
1 cup of your favorite beer (I used Corona Light because that's what I had on hand)
1 egg
1/2 tbs of baking powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour

48 oz of hot oil heated to 375 degrees either in a fryer or in a large dutch oven/pot.


Pat all of your pickles dry with paper towels. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk all of your dry ingredients together. Whisk in  egg and beer.
Dip pickles (about 5 at a time) in batter and then drop into your heated oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes and then flip so they brown on all sides. Total cooking time shouldn't be more than 3 minutes.

Transfer pickles to a paper towel to soak up some of the grease.

Dip your pickles in THIS dip... you can thank me later!

*Best if eaten right away.... other wise they will get soggy.



  1. I love fried pickles. Want!!!

  2. I didn't kneb the trick was beer in the fluffy batter, I have really searched for alting time, thank you so much for sharing.

  3. You're absolutely torturing me!

  4. Yum. Yum. YUM! I love fried pickles. And beer batter just took these up a big notch!

  5. Aah Mah Gah... I absolutely LOVE fried pickles. I think you may have just started something at my house. Something dangerous. And wonderful.

  6. Oh man! My Hubs is going to love this! Please, please, please tell me I can use dark stout in this recipe??

  7. Awesome recipe by the hubs! Men really know their deep-fried foods! I've never tried beer-battered fried pickles but I really need to give this a try. I'm sure the boyfriend will love this.

  8. I had never had these before I moved to Texas, but they are AMAZING! Great recipe, Carrie! Serve them with Ranch mixed with Frank's Red Hot or sriracha sauce. So. ridiculously. good.

    1. Thanks!! My husband mixes ranch with hot sauce sometimes... always a great dip for onion rings as well!!

  9. If I could only reach through the screen right now!

    1. Me too... I could go for some again. Perhaps this weekend!

  10. Confession: I've never had fried pickles but I've always wanted to try them. Maybe your recipe will get me to give it a go. :)

  11. I love love love fried pickles!!! I need some now!!!

  12. Oh yum, I love fried pickles. I've never made them myself though so I definitely need to try this recipe.

  13. I've wanted to try fried pickles for years and never have. Maybe I just will now. Thanks! And I got my fancy King Arthur Flour package in the mail! Thank you thank you thank you! I just love it. I'll post about it sometime soon. M.

  14. somethings i have wanted to try ;)
    i love your site

  15. I've seen these on restaurant menus and have heard people say how incredible they are. I need to go check out the dip now!

  16. These yummy treats are everywhere down here in the South, I love it! I had never tried them before I moved here. They are pretty yummy, a good splurge treat! Hugs, Terra

  17. Oh yum! I love beer battered anything. Your husband did share a really great recipe. :)