Hooters Fried Pickles

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?

fried pickles in a fry basket and on a plate

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.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Dill pickle chips
  • Buttermilk
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
fried pickles ingredients

Ingredient Notes

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

  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large pot or deep fryer.
  2. Cover a platter with a few layers of paper towels.
  3. Drain the pickles in a colander.
  4. Place the pickles in a medium bowl and cover with buttermilk.
  5. Stir the flours, salt, paprika, and cayenne together in another bowl.
  6. Take about a handful of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour.
  7. Shake off the excess flour and place the coated pickles in the hot grease.
  8. Fry the pickles until golden brown.
  9. Scoop the fried pickles out of the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain.
  10. Continue frying pickles until all are done.

Recipe Variation

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.

fried pickles in a fryer basket and on a plate

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fried pickles in a fry basket and on a plate

Hooters Fried Pickles

Love fried pickles?  You are going to love these copycat Hooters Fried Pickles. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hooter’s Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 525kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Equipment

Deep fryer
Baking sheet

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 2283mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 4.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Shae's MoMo

    Wow very good, if you use olive oil bump it up too 400 degrees to get them crispy. We didn’t have lousiana sauce so we used Franks buffalo sauce great taste. Perfect with the football game on they cook fast!

  2. Kaydee

    So i just made these. and they turned out pretty good. they just i little more cayenne pepper and paprika and even though when they started to float and were golden i pulled the first batch out and they didnt seem cooked enough. i waited just a little longer and they came out perfect. Not as good as hooters just close enough and good enough.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know of a substitute that will work out the same. You can substitute for regular all purpose flour, the results won’t be quite the same. I didn’t test the recipe for white flour only.

  3. Ali

    Made these tonight. Delicious, once we figured out that our hand-me-down deep fryer was not getting to the temperature it said it was. Hot oil definitely matters, people!! 🙂 I stuck the first battered batch in the fridge for 45 minutes before frying and put the subsequent batches directly in the fryer and the others turned out great. Next time I won’t bother putting them in the fridge first.

  4. krystal

    if ya love fried pickles ya gotta try ones at movie tavern .. ya can watch ur movie and they serve ya at the same time full menu they have the best spicy fried pickle they are so yummie!!!!

  5. Judy

    To get them crispy, let the dredged pickles chill in the fridge in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered in plastic wrap for 45 minutes. Fry for 3-4 minutes and let drain on a cookie rack with paper towel underneath to catch drips. Some great sauce is 1/4 cup Ken’s Steakhouse Ranch dressing with 1 Tbs. Frank’s Hot Sauce.

  6. Lin

    I love fried pickles! Thanks so much for posting this recipe. Do you happen to have one for the dipping sauce that is sometimes served with? I think it is usually a creamy dill sauce.

    I hope you enjoy the fried pickles. I haven’t done the dipping sauce that is sometimes served with the pickles.

  7. Fran

    Ok, I have to do it! I have never had fried pickles but in the past few years have heard of them every summer. I think my day is tomorrow. I’ve got pickles in the fridge. I’m actually kind of excited to do this! 🙂

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