Fried Dill Pickles with a Creole Dipping Sauce are one of those bar and grill appetizers that we can't get enough of. They're an uber popular appetizer here in the South. Dill pickle chips are either battered or breaded and then fried until crispy and golden. Serve with a homemade Creole sauce and enjoy a restaurant favorite at home.
Battered Pickles versus Breaded Pickles
Other Dipping Sauce Options
For the best results, make the Creole dipping sauce in advance so the flavors have time to fully develop. If you prefer other options, a cool Ranch dip or creamy avocado lime ranch as well as copycat Chick-fil-a sauce works beautifully, too. It's party food to the max. You may also like to try my Fried Onion Strings with Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce and this Dill Pickle Dip from Noble Pig.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Fried Dill Pickles with a Creole Dipping Sauce
- For the pickles:
- 1 32 oz jar dill pickle chips drain well and pat dry
- 2 cup self-rising flour
- ½ cup plain yellow cornmeal
- 1 Tbsp Creole or Cajun seasoning
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs beaten
- peanut or vegetable oil for frying
- Dipping sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup chili sauce
- 2 green onion whites only
- 1 4 oz jar roasted red pepper well drained and pat dry
- 2 clove garlic peeled
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 ½ tsp Creole or Cajun seasoning
- ½ tsp wasabi paste or prepared horseradish [more or less to your taste]
- Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Set aide.
- Meanwhile, thoroughly drain and pat dry the pickles.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cornmeal, Creole seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and ground cumin.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.
- Toss the pickle chips with ¼ cup of the dry seasoned flour-cornmeal mixture. Dip the flour coated pickle slices in the buttermilk egg wash then into the dry coating.
- Heat 5-inches of oil in a heavy bottomed pot to 350°F.
- Drop breaded pickles into the oil separately. Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden on both sides, gently turning as needed. Repeat cooking in batches. Maintain the oil temperature around 350-360°F for best the results.
- Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. Seasoning lightly with salt or additional Creole seasoning immediately.
- Serve with the Creole dipping sauce on the side.
- To prepare the sauce in advance: Place all of the dipping sauce ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. Chill thoroughly for at least 2 hours or overnight prior to serving. (Yield: approximately 1 ½ cups)