Fried Pickles

No sweet-and-salty barbecue is complete without pickles, especially, crispy friend pickles with ginger aioli. You can't have just one.

Fried Pickles
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
4-1/2 cups


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 2 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 3 cup sliced pickled vegetables, such as sliced dill pickles, jalapeño pepper slices, pepperoncini slices, or pitted green olives

  • ¾ cup buttermilk or sour milk*

  • Peanut or vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

  • 1 recipe Ginger Aïoli

Ginger Aioli

  • cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoon lime juice

  • teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels; set aside. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, cornmeal, and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Drain pickled vegetables and place in a medium bowl. Pour buttermilk over pickled vegetables, stirring to coat.

  3. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan heat 2 inches oil over medium heat to 375°F.

  4. Place a handful of buttermilk-coated pickled vegetables into the flour mixture in bag; seal bag and shake to coat. Remove pickled vegetables, shaking off excess flour mixture. Using a slotted spoon, place vegetables in hot oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pickled vegetables to prepared baking sheet; keep warm, uncovered, in oven. Repeat with remaining pickled vegetables. Serve warm with Ginger Aïoli.

Ginger Aioli

  1. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, ginger, lime juice, and salt until combined. Gradually whisk in oil. Stir in green onion. Makes 2/3 cup.


To make 3/4 cup sour milk, place 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let stand for 5 minutes before using

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

428 Calories
28g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 428
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 817mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 206mg 4%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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