Hooters Fried Pickles are one of my favorite appetizers at Hooters. If you have never tried fried pickle slices, you have been missing a crunchy and tangy treat. I know that once you try these you will want this fried pickle recipe.
You can make these at home. And if you are making some Hooters Wings, why not make some of the fried pickles to go along with them?
I know what you might be thinking, fried pickles do not sound so great, they sound weird. I promise if you try these, you will soon fall in love with these delicious tart snacks.
Best of all you don’t need to go out to make these Hooters Fried Pickles from scratch. For this recipe, you will need a jar of dill pickle slices. I like Del Dixie, but this is a brand in the Houston area.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Vegetable oil
- Dill pickle chips
- Whole-wheat flour
- All-purpose flour
- Cayenne pepper
I drain the number of pickles that I want to cook. You can save the pickle juice it is always good to use in a DIY potato salad or even egg salad.
For me, the buttermilk is what makes this recipe extra special. It seems to counteract the tartness of the pickles perfectly.
We are also using a mixture of flour. We are using white and whole wheat flour. I really think the two types of flour make a difference in the final product. The whole wheat flour and the white flour fry at different levels so the taste is complex.
How to Make Hooters Fried Pickles
- Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large pot or deep fryer.
- Cover a platter with a few layers of paper towels.
- Drain the pickles in a colander.
- Place the pickles in a medium bowl and cover with buttermilk.
- Stir the flours, salt, paprika, and cayenne together in another bowl.
- Take about a handful of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour.
- Shake off the excess flour and place the coated pickles in the hot grease.
- Fry the pickles until golden brown.
- Scoop the fried pickles out of the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain.
- Continue frying pickles until all are done.
If you want a little variety in our deep-fried pickles you could marinate the pickles in beer before you soak them in buttermilk. They are also good like this.
When I grew up there was a local restaurant in Coldspring, Texas called the County Seat, and the owner Mike Kelly, told me he marinated their fried pickles in beer, and they were amazing.
I hope you enjoy these fried pickles at home.
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Hooters Fried Pickles
- 2 quarts vegetable oil
- 16 ounces dill pickle chips
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot. Cover a platter with a few layers of paper towels. Drain the pickles in a colander. Place the pickles in a medium bowl and cover with the buttermilk. Stir the flours, salt, paprika, and cayenne together in another bowl; mix well. Take about a handful of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour and place the coated pickles in the hot grease. Be careful not to place too many pickles into the hot grease, or the pickles won’t fry up crisp. Fry the pickles until golden brown. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put them on the paper towels to drain. Continue frying pickles until all are done.
So we were hoping to get this.
Can I use whole milk instead of buttermilk for the fried pickles?
I don’t think it will work as well.
Just add lemon juice to the whole milk and you have a sub buttermilk. Not a lot though, experiment.
you can also use apple cider vinegar to make buttermilk
Have you tried to make in an air fryer? I’m curious… I’ve made fried pickles regularly, but not sure of the temp and time I would need for the air fryer.
HI!! I am new to cooking (i have only cooked a few meals) and these look really good. My brother and dad love fried pickles so this recipie sounds amazing! Thanks! Will try!
I hope you enjoyed these !
I guess most of you folks are from somewhere other than the deep south. I pretty sure its hooters version of remoulade sauce.
Do these taste like kellys fried pickles?? I can’t seem to find their recipe and don’t know how the ones at hooters taste lol
I have never had Kelly’s before so I can’t say.
I love fried pickles … so much so that I cannot be left alone with a basket of them or I will eat them all! Love this recipe!
LOVE fried pickles!! These look super tasty! Thanks!
Thank you! I hope you try out this recipe.
Amanda ( The Kitcheneer)
Fried pickles are one of my favorite appetizers to share with my family at a restaurant! Yours looks delicious!
Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
I love fried pickles…never had Hooters’ version before, but I bet these are just fantastic.
Fried Pickles! Can’t go wrong!
What kind of buttermilk do you use ranch buttermilk ??
I mean buttermilk, the dairy product, not buttermilk ranch salad dressing.
I love fried pickles there delicuse. I had fried pickles at Texas road house in Idaho but I’m on summer break in Nevada.
Mine didn’t turn out that great–I used Boars Head pickles–my favorite kind. The pickles didn’t really “fry” or turn the color of “fried” anything. The only good part was the pickle inside.