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Fried Pickles & Tangy Dipping Sauce Recipe – Gluten Free

Need a yummy appetizer for game day or any day? Check out this easy, Fried Pickles & Tangy Dipping Sauce Recipe. Plus you can even make it gluten-free! 

Fried Pickles & Dip

There comes a time when you find yourself doing things that you never thought you would do. One of them for me, Frying Pickles. The Food Network told my husband that I should make Fried Pickles.

Does that ever happen to you? Darn Food Network fills my family’s heads with all sorts of ideas. Off to the kitchen. My husband now thinks I am now the best wife in the world which made the 15-20 minutes I just spent in the kitchen worth it!

This recipe is gluten free and delicious! Plus the Tangy dipping sauce for the fried pickles makes them even better in my opinion.

Fried Pickle with dip on it


To make fried pickles you just need a few ingredients. No fancy equipment needed

Fried Pickles

  • dill pickle chips
  • corn starch
  • chili powder
  • cornmeal
  • dill dried
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • egg
  • milk

Tangy Dipping Sauce

  • mayo
  • ketchup
  • dill
  • lemon juice
  • garlic salt
  • hot sauce

You also need a skillet or a deep pan to heat the oil for frying in. If you have a deep fryer that is perfect, but no need to buy one.

How to Make Fried Pickles


Start with dill pickle chips drained very well, you don’t want them to be too soggy. Go ahead and heat your oil in your pan now to about 350-375 degrees.


Dip the pickle chips in seasoned cornstarch.  I did it one at a time for demonstration purposes. It is faster doing several at a time.


Next, you are going to dip them in egg wash. I added a couple dashed of hot sauce to it to spice the fried pickles up a bit.


Finally, toss them in the seasoned cornmeal until they are coated and then in the hot oil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. No special equipment needed for frying. You can just use a cast iron skillet with some vegetable oil heated to about 350 degrees.

Gluten Free

Making these gluten free is as simple as making one substitution. Make sure you are using a gluten free corn meal. That is it!


Dairy Free

Just simply substitute your favorite dairy free milk. Oat milk has a neutral flavor and is perfect for this.

Tangy Dipping Sauce

The tangy dipping sauce is totally optional, but my family feels like it makes the dish! It is a mayo/ ketchup mix with a few additions that really kick it up a notch. It plays perfectly with the fried pickles.


  • Dry your pickles! This helps the batter stick to the pickle better.
  • Get a thermometer! If you are frying a thermometer for the oil is your best friend. Have the right temperature oil makes all the difference.
  • A spider. Not that kind, a cooking spider. The right tool to fish those fried pickles out of the hot oil.


These are best served hot out of the fryer. They don’t really keep and reheat as well, but they are still good. If…and I mean, IF you have leftovers you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container.

Fried Pickles & Tangy Dipping Sauce

Make your favorite appetizer at home! Check out this YUMMY Fried Pickles recipe plus an easy tangy dipping sauce. AND you can make them Gluten free!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:3 minutes
Total Time:18 minutes


  • 1-2 Cups Dill Pickle Chips drained
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 cups corn meal
  • 1/4 tsp dill dried
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • pinch pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Tangy Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 1 TBSP Ketchup
  • 1/8 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1-2 shakes Hot Sauce


  • Heat Vegetable oil in a pan to 350-375 degrees F.
  • You will need three bowls. In the first bowl place cornstarch and season it with 1 tsp Chili powder.
  • In the second bowl, you will need to whisk together 1 egg and 1 cup of milk. I added a couple of dashes of hot sauce for flavor.
  • In the third bowl, mix 1-2 cups of cornmeal, 1/4 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, and 1tsp chili powder. Add a pinch of pepper too. 🙂
  • Dip the pickle chips in the cornstarch mix shaking off the excess.
  • Then in the Egg wash, finally coating them with the cornmeal mix.
  • Drop the pickles into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels
  • Serve with Tangy Dipping Sauce.

Tangy Dipping Sauce

  • Whisk together all the ingredients and serve with the pickles.


Gluten-Free- Use a gluten-free corn meal, and these are a delicious gluten-free treat
Dairy-Free- Use a dairy free milk alternative for the egg was (such as almond, soy or Rice milk.)
Servings: 6 -8

Originally posted in 2012. Updated in 2020.

Serve with the Tangy Dipping Sauce. DELISH!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing this! My son and I are gluten-intolerant, and out of the blue, he said he wished he could have fried pickles like his girlfriend always orders for appetizers. I love trying new gluten-free recipes, so was thankful to find this one, which is practically GF to begin with! Thanks again, about to head to the kitchen to try it out . . .

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