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Fried Pickle Chips

Recently I was sent a copy of Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes That Made Them Famous, a book by Morgan Murphy that was produced by Southern Living.  It’s a collection of recipes from down home restaurants all over the American South.  It was such a delight to read through this book, get a glimpse into Southern food culture far beyond what I’m familiar with.  In his introduction Murphy makes the astute observation that to really know a place, you have to eat the food.  I wholeheartedly agree with this, regional food both defines us and brings us together.

The first thing I did after reading the introduction was to flip through to the section from North Carolina, of course.  I was not disappointed.  In this section Murphy highlights everything from sorbet from Chapel Hill favorite Crook’s Corner to a pork chop sandwich from Andy Griffith’s hometown, Mount Airy.  One thing I couldn’t pass up was this recipe for Crispy Fried Pickles from Okie Dokies Smokehouse in Swannanoa (near Asheville).

Fried pickles have always been a favorite of mine, whether they’re dill spears or okra. Fried on the grill and served with a ranch and barbeque sauce dip, these pickle chips were the perfect compliment to a summer dinner out back.

Crispy Fried Pickles
Source: Adapted from Okie Dokie Smokehouse, recipe from Off the Eaten Path

4 cups dill pickle chips, drained

1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

1/2 ranch dressing

2 tbsp barbeque sauce

Canola Oil

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp chipotle

1 tsp salt

After draining the pickles soak them in buttermilk in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Stir together flour and spices.  Heat your oil to 375.  Dip each pickle chip in the flour mixture and fry until golden (3-4 minutes).

Mix together ranch and barbeque sauce.  Serve with pickles.


  • Beth

    03.06.2011 at 17:15 Reply

    I can’t wait to get my hands on that book, it looks so cute! I’m obsessed with the south (my boyfriend lives in Mount Airy, NC), the pork chop sandwich from Snappy Lunch is amazingly delicious. I went there last month, this is the real deal:

    Anyway, thanks for posting this recipe, I can’t wait to eat fried pickle chips again :)

    • elena

      04.06.2011 at 11:03 Reply

      Yum! I love a good pork sandwich. And fried pickles = heaven.

  • Emily

    05.06.2011 at 08:09 Reply

    Yum, thanks for the recipe! I grew up in Tennessee, so I LOVE fried pickles but have had a hard time finding them anywhere else. I finally found a BBQ place here in VA that has fried pickle spears, but I prefer the chips. I’m definitely saving this recipe for the next time I get a craving for them!

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  • Raja Makan

    11.02.2015 at 22:25 Reply

    i had make it this recipe. Not used pickles but eggplant for this one food.

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