Best Ever Copycat Red Robin Pickle Nickels AKA Fried Pickles

Red Robin Pickle Nickels are fried pickles that you simply must try. Red Robin’s version of fried pickles goes oh so well with the Red Robin Campfire Sauce.

Homemade copycat Red Robin Pickle Nickels (fried pickles) with dipping sauce on a serving platter.

If you are lucky you live near a Red Robin, home of the bottomless french fries! If not, you may need to take a journey to this amazing burger place.

Red Robin makes lots of creative and fun food. This place is fun and festive and it has something for the whole family.

Who started making fried pickles first?

It is believed that fried pickles originated in the South. In the South, fried foods were very common because fried foods cook quickly, and there is no need to heat up ovens, or spending a lot of time at a hot stove cooking.

Until the widespread use of air conditioning, many people in the South looked for quick cooking methods like deep frying to quickly cook their food.

The first recorded recipe for fried pickles was in 1960, and it was for sweet pickles fried in pancake batter. That recipe was found in the Oakland Tribune.

A few years later, fried pickles showed up in Atkins, Arkansas at the Duchess Drive-In. Ever since then, the recipe has continued to evolve and now fried pickles are served at many different restaurants.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Dill pickle chips
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Buttermilk
  • Louisiana Fish Fry Breading Mix
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Ingredients to make Red Robin Pickle Nickels.

How to Make Fried Pickles

  1. Drain pickles.
  2. Set up a breading station with 3 shallow containers.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and pepper to the first container and stir to combine.
  4. Add the buttermilk to the second container.
  5. Add the fish fry breading mix to the third container.
  6. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  7. Place pickle chips in the flour and toss to coat the pickles with flour.
  8. Shake off excess flour and lay the floured pickles on a wire rack.
  9. Quickly dip the pickles in buttermilk.
  10. Place the pickles into the fish fry breading mix and toss to coat the pickles with the breading.
  11. Shake off the excess fish fry mix and place them on a wire rack for 2 minutes before cooking.
  12. Fry the breaded pickles for about 1 to 1½ minutes in the hot oil.
  13. Drain the fried pickles on a wire rack.
Homemade fried pickles on a serving platter.

What Makes the Fried Pickles at Red Robin so special?

Many places use just seasoned flour or cracker meal for their recipe. If you have never tried these fried pickles before, you will notice that they use cornmeal as part of the breading.

The cornmeal really changes the texture and keeps fried pickles from becoming soggy like some can. Homemade fried pickles with fish fry breading replicate the flavor and texture of Red Robin’s pickle nickles.

Homemade Red Robin Pickle Nickels and dipping sauce on a platter.

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Homemade copycat Red Robin Pickle Nickels (fried pickles) and dipping sauce on a serving platter.

Red Robin Pickle Nickels

Love Red Robin Pickle Nickels? Make your own copycat Red Robin fried pickles at home with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Pickles, Red Robin Fried Pickles, Red Robin Pickle Nickels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 630kcal


  • 16 ounces dill pickle chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 package Louisiana Fish Fry Breading Mix (8 ounces)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Drain pickles.
  • Set up a breading station with 3 shallow containers.
  • To the first container, add the flour, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients together.
  • In the second container, add the buttermilk.
  • In the third container add the fish fry mix.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees. You will need to add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot or cooking vessel to a depth of 3 inches.
  • First bread the drained pickle chips with flour, then, shake off excess flour and lay on a wire rack.
  • Quickly dip the pickles in buttermilk.
  • Dip the pickles in the fish fry mix. After they have been coated with the fish fry mix, shake off the excess fish fry mix,
  • Place the breaded pickle chips on a wire rack for 2 minutes before cooking. This will help keep the coating on the pickle. 
  • Fry pickles for about 1 to 1½ minutes in the hot oil. Remove when they start to turn a darker color.
  • Drain the fried pickles on a wire rack.


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 1348mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Emily

    5 stars
    I’ve had fried pickles from several restaurants, but never Red Robins so I can’t speak to how this recipe compares to them. But regardless, these were delicious and will be making again in the future. My family loved them and we could eat them everyday, but that’s probably not a wise health move. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Celeste Goodin

    Although I cannot remember the name of the restaurant, it was in Memphis, Tennessee. I was traveling on business in the mid 1980’s and my colleagues took me to a classic Memphis steakhouse restaurant. It was not fancy, the tables were formica and the chairs were red naugahyde. The water glasses were plastic red juice glasses. But the steaks were magnificent and the baked potatoes were perfection. But before our entree we ordered the deep fried pickles. They were batter dipped medium sized whole dill pickles and they were great. They had been serving them since 1942. The reason I remember it so vividly, is because the folks I was with were so delightful, I was there to integrate them as a recent acquisition to our company. About 5 months after that trip, I read an article in our Clevleand paper about the Annual Chicago Food and Restaurant show–and the hit of the show was this new pub food–‘deep fried pickles’! I could be very wrong, but I kind of smiled because I’d thought I had them from their original source. Maybe, maybe not. Nonetheless, for the uninitiated, they are a delightful first time treat

    • Stephanie

      Hey, that is awesome. I wished we knew the name of the steakhouse. I have no doubt these were made sooner, documenting it can be difficult. I will do further research.

  3. Lee T Ward

    Oh I love pickles like this, drats, I am not frying things now, only oven or air fryer. Will keep recipe to play with, thank you

    • Stephanie

      This recipe may work in an air fryer since these are breaded. I find anything that is battered works poorly, but breaded works very well.

      I would make this recipe as prepared and then cook at 390 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

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