This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithOil #CollectiveBiasI love fried pickles because they remind me of the country fairs that pop up around this time of year! The tang of pickles pairs perfectly with the smoky and slightly spicy chile powder in these Smoky Chipotle Ranch Fried Pickles for a twist on the classic.
Fried pickles are a wonderful thing on their own, but if you stop by here often you know that I love to combine different flavor profiles and dishes together. So flavored fried pickles have become one of my favorite things to experiment with! Smoky Chipotle Ranch Fried Pickles have a spicy kick from the chipotle chile powder with the tangy ranch. A little lemon brightens it all up for a fun and unique appetizer or snack! They are perfect for game day, parties, and entertaining like a BBQ or summer grilling event.
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You can easily find the LouAna Peanut Oil at your local Target. I am always at Target anyway, so it is incredibly easy to grab everything I need for these Smoky Chipotle Ranch Fried Pickles! I love the peanut oil for this recipe because it has a high smoke point. This high smoke point makes a seal that locks in the food’s moisture to cook from the inside out for a crispy, juicy, and tasty fried pickle. LouAna is the #1 brand of peanut oil in the country, and with good reason!
To make the pickles, get your LouAna Peanut Oil heating in a large skillet over medium low heat until it reaches 360-375F. While the oil is heating, mix together the batter ingredients in a small bowl, and the panko breadcrumbs with chipotle chile powder and ranch seasoning mix in another small bowl.
Pat the pickles dry with a paper towel. Then using a fork, dredge them in the batter and then the breadcrumbs. Fry them in small batches until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Let them drain on a paper towel while you finish cooking the rest.
Serve them up with a tangy and spicy ranch dipping sauce and you have a tasty and unique appetizer or snack!
Do you have a favorite county fair dish that you love to make?
- 36 pickle slices (see note)
- LouAna Peanut Oil for frying
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ranch seasoning mix
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the LouAna Peanut Oil over medium-low heat. The oil should be 1/2" deep. Heat until the oil reads 360-375F.
- While the oil is heating, prepare the pickles by first dabbing them with a paper towel to remove most of the moisture.
- In a small bowl, combine all of the batter ingredients and whisk together.
- In another small bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, 2 tsp chipotle chile powder, and 1/2 tsp ranch dip mix. Whisk together.
- Using a fork, dredge each pickle in the batter. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to shake off most of the excess batter.
- Transfer to the breadcrumb bowl and toss to coat.
- When the oil has reached 360-375, fry the pickles in smaller batches. Too many pickles will cause the oil temperature to drop and they will not cook properly.
- Fry until they are a golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Remove and set on paper towels to drain. Wait for the oil to heat back to the 360-375F range before adding the next batch. The exact size of your pickles will determine how many you cook at a time, but I used large oval shaped pickles approximately 2" wide and cooked 5-8 at a time.
- Continue the dredging and frying process until all pickles are cooked.
- Combine the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
- Serve the pickles with the dipping sauce immediately.
22 thoughts on “Smoky Chipotle Ranch Fried Pickles”
Yum! These look amazing! I’ll be trying these for sure. Thanks for the recipe.
Oh I love pickles! This is a great idea!
I have never heard of fried pickles. What have I been missing! These look so yummy!
They are an amazing thing! 😀
I use Seasoned Italian Breadcrumbs to ‘wake up the flavor.’
I also fix fried cucumber. Just slice up a cucumber or two – salt/pepper each slice – dip into bowl of beaten egg – dredge thru Italian Bread Crumbs – drop into pan of hot cooking oil. Sometimes, I use Olive Oil – sometimes pure Canola Oil. Oil needs to be good & hot. Brown on each side probably less than a minute – then drain on paper towels. YUMMY! Tastes almost like Fried Green Tomatoes.
Fried pickles are an occasional indulgence for me. Dangerous that I now have a recipe for at home. These sound delish!
It does make it dangerous! Hope you love them!
These look so delicious, I love fried pickles too! I also love the dipping sauce too, the lemon must give it the most awesome tang!
Thanks, Annie! And yep the lemon provides just a little brightness to it all!
Yum! I love fried pickles, but I’ve always been afraid to try making them at home. Thanks for the recipe!
I always used to worry about them being too soggy, but these turn out perfect for me every time!
I don’t know how I could love fried pickles any more than I do now, but this recipe will definitely make that happen. I love the flavor combos!
You had me at smoky! I love fried pickles. Seriously cannot NOT order them if they’re on a menu. Haven’t ventured to make my own yet, but now I think I’ve got to! YUM!
Fresh made ones are so much better than the frozen ones that you sometimes find in restaurants. You should try these out! 🙂
Wow these look delicious! Perfect for the BBQ weather
I have been craving pickles lately and it’s been so long since I had one. This would be the perfect snack right now!
Yes! These look crave-worthy. There’s just something about fried pickles and I’m sure they are eve better with smoky chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
Oh boy! I FREAKING LOVE YOU! Looks so yummy, a must for Father’s day!
Thank you, Nicole!
Does it matter what kind of pickles? Sweet? Bread & butter? Dill?
I used the large oval slices of dill pickles, but you can use any that you like!
I love myself some fried pickles! These look amazing and with that ranch dip!!!! YUMMMM