Cornmeal panko herb crusted dill pickles baked in the oven until golden and crisp with a light buttermilk ranch dip. Have you ever had fried pickles?
Oven “Fried” Pickles with light Herb Buttermilk Ranch Dip
Fried pickles to a New Yorker is quite uncommon, alien actually! But in the South they are wildly popular. The first time I tried fried pickles was at a restaurant in DC, I found myself trying to decide if I liked them, yet oddly reaching for seconds and thirds.
Since then I have had many requests for a make-over and finally tackled the request.
Baking them worked out great, the crumbs stuck perfectly and with a generous amount of oil sprayed on top, they baked to a golden crisp. You can easily make 1/2 batch (1-16 oz jar) for less people. If you are watching your sodium, you may not want to make them unless you can find low sodium dill pickles.
As a base I started with a version Mary from Mary’s Bites shared with me, which I slightly adapted it to suit my taste. Hope you Southerners and even all you Yankees enjoy!!
Oven "Fried" Pickles with Skinny Herb Buttermilk Ranch Dip
- 2 -16 oz jars, 48 slices sliced oval dill hamburger pickles, I used Vlasic
- 1/2 cup of Panko crumbs
- 1/4 cup of cornmeal
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/4 cup dried parsley
- 1/8 th tsp kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- olive oil spray, about 1 tsp
For the Ranch Dip:
- 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
- 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp light mayo
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh chives 1/4 tsp salt
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup 1% low fat buttermilk
- Make ranch dip by combining all the dip ingredients and refrigerate until pickles are done.
- Place pickles to drain on paper towels.
- Mix crumbs and flour together along with paprika, parsley, and half the chipotle powder and salt.
- Whisk eggs and egg whites in a bowl and season with remaining chipotle powder.
- Dip pickles in egg mixture and then into the crumb mix, pressing down on the crumbs.
- Heat oven to 450°F along with 2 baking sheets.
- When the oven reaches 450°, remove baking sheets and spray with olive oil spray; place pickles on the baking sheets and spray the tops of the pickles with more oil.
- Bake 8-10 minutes, turn and spray if needed and cook an additional five minutes.
- Remove pickles from cooking sheet and serve hot with dip.
176 comments on “Oven “Fried” Pickles with light Herb Ranch Dip”
Love fried pickles but these missed the mark – both with the pickles and the sauce. Both were very bland. Would not make again.
I would just like to point out after adding the ingredients to the ww calculator the pickles alone come to 2 freestyle smart points for 1 serving. but thank you for the recipe I will be trying it.
Hi Kourtney! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.
The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.
Even doing it in the recipe builder, it came out to be 2 points
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Absolutely wonderful, and so easy to make! I might cut back a bit on the salt put in the flour mix, but everything else was perfect!
What are the smart points for these?
Have you never been up north? There’s fried pickles in New York too
I tried these last night. First, don't blot moisture out of the pickles for too long; mine didn't taste juicy enough after leaving them on paper towels for awhile before battering. I poured oil onto a sheet tray then heated the empty tray in the oven for 10 minutes before layering on my battered pickles. They got super crispy, but I found the corn meal to be too crunchy, and it sort of distracted from the flavor of the pickle. I would do this again, minus the cornmeal, maybe with thicker pickle slices.
I've never heard of these! Thanks for sharing!
Sure, that would work!
Is there a way to use dill pickles? I really don't like sweet hamburger pickles, I assume it would be the same preparation, I'd just have to slice the pickle up myself?
How many points would just the pickles be?
Finally a baked pickle recipe with nutrition info! I've been searching for this for a while! Making this today…football food!!!
These were great! I had six of the huge slices (which may have elevated the calorie count a bit) but they were filling. I didn't have chipotle powder, but I used a bit of cayenne pepper which was delicious and spicy. I'll definitely be making this more often.
what kind of cornmeal (yellow or white) and what kind of flour (all-purpose or self-rising)? What is Panko? I d like to try those. Let me know please. Thanks, Margo.
This was absolutely AMAZING! These turned out so good and they totally satisfied my salty craving without sacrificing calories. THANKS SO MUCH! This website is the perfect resource for a gal like me 🙂
I am a vegetarian that doesn't eat eggs. Is there an alternative I can use there?
Thanks and can't wait to try these!!!
I made these just like the recipe and everyone thought they were fantastic. I want to make again for a party but will need to make them ahead of time. Any thoughts on how to reheat?
fried pickles with herbs makes an awesome combination to crack my tastebuds.lovely must try it.
I'm staring suspiciously at a pile of these things. They are terrible… They taste like dried out pickles and flour. Avoid them like the plague!
Crispy and flavorful; easy to make. Great recipe.
Made these last night and they were a hit with the whole family! YUM. Super easy will make again!
Is it really 1/4 cup dried parsley? Did you dry your own? I'm trying to figure out where to get that much! Can't wait to try these out!
Is there a way to reheat these? I know they'd get soggy in the microwave…maybe in the oven for a couple minutes?
Made these last night. YUM!