Hooters Fried Pickles are a perfectly crunchy, tangy, irresistibly dippable fried snack. This copycat recipe takes just 30 minutes to make, and deep fried pickles are always a hit at game day parties!!
This Southern starter was made famous by Hooters restaurant, but now you can enjoy your favorite fried dill pickles right at home with this easy copycat recipe!
Hooters Fried Pickles
It starts with a handful of simple ingredients that you may already have on hand.
Dip the pickle slices in a seasoned buttermilk mixture, dredge them in a tasty coating, and deep fry until perfectly golden brown.
You can even make deep fried pickles in the air fryer with a fraction of the oil!
Pro Tips for Fried Dill Pickles
- Work in batches. This goes for both dredging and frying. Making too many at once will cause them to stick together.
Plus, the oil temperature will drop and they won’t crisp up properly.
- Sift out clumps. Stir the flour mixture between batches and pull out any doughy chunks so the slices get evenly coated.
- Kick up the heat. If you want your Hooters fried pickles extra spicy, increase the amount of hot sauce or cayenne pepper.
- Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own in a snap! Stir 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into 1 cup of regular milk, then let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Once it has thickened, it’s ready to use.
Hooters fried pickles are traditionally served with a horseradish or spicy ranch sauce, but I say why mess with a good thing?
I pop a few in my mouth at a time and enjoy them as they are.
This deep fried pickles recipe works with lunch, dinner, as a snack, or just because jars are on sale!
Serve them up with your game day favorites or alongside sandwiches and hamburgers.
Hooters Fried Pickles Recipe FAQ
Fried dill pickles really are best when freshly made. Once they are refrigerated, they tend to get a bit soft and the batter can peel off.
However, you can certainly prepare this Hooters fried pickles recipe an hour or two before guests arrive if you’ll be serving them for a get-together.
That really comes down to preference based on flavor and size. I prefer dill slices with the ridges for this copycat Hooters fried pickles recipe, and have the best results with either Vlasic or the Walmart Great Value brand.
Yes, but you will need to adjust the cooking time to accommodate the larger size and thickness.
It might also be a good idea to double dredge them in flour. This way, the balance of pickle to batter will be just right.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Hooters Fried Pickles + Video
- 16 ounces dill pickle slices, drained of juice/brine
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 4 dashes hot sauce
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- neutral flavor cooking oil, (peanut, vegetable, canola, etc)
- Heat 2-inches of cooking oil in an 8-quart pot to 350°F. Prepare a tray with a double layer of paper towels. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, and hot sauce. Beat with a fork to combine. Add pickles to buttermilk mixture and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
- Add a handful of pickle slices to flour mixture. Swirl pickles around to be sure they are well coated. *See NotesShake off excess flour and drop 7 or 8 pickles, one at a time, into hot oil. Avoid frying more than that at one time, so the temperature does not drop too much.
- Fry pickles for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on tray lined with paper towels.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Stir flour mixture between batches and pull out dough chunks to keep coating from getting chunky.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published November 2013. Updated and republished April 2023
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