Oven Fried Pickles

Oven Fried Pickles are perfectly crispy and seriously easy to make! Restaurant-worthy without the hassle and calories of frying in oil. Serve with a dipping sauce for a tasty game day appetizer.

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Oven Fried Pickles

Fried pickles are a staple appetizer that must be ordered anytime I set foot in a sports bar and grill. I just can’t resist the perfectly crisp breading that surrounds each pickle coin. 

I used to only allow myself to indulge in the glutenous fried picks every so often, when out at a restaurant, because let’s face it, at this point those deep-fried delights go straight to my butt. Thankfully the days of denying myself fried pickles at home has ended for good. 

I’m so excited to share with you my all-time favorite recipe for healthier oven fried pickles that taste just like the real thing!! This recipe is simple to throw together and packs a big punch that will have anyone craving more. So go ahead and break out this recipe your next party, football Sunday app spread, or your average Friday night at home.

oven fried pickles in a basket with ranch dressing

Are Oven Fried Pickles Healthy?

In a sense, yes, these oven-fried pickles are a healthy option compared to the deep-fried, fat-filled option you would find at a restaurant.

This version is baked in the oven instead of deep-fried in a vat of oil and lightly coated in a simple breading that doesn’t include flour or egg yolks, all of which do make the recipe a little extra health-conscious. 

With that being said, it’s not going to be the healthiest, most nutritious snack you’ll eat all day, but every diet needs balance, so be sure to let loose a little and let yourself enjoy a batch of this “cleaned up” version on your standard fried pickles. 

 

oven fried pickles on a pan ready for the oven

How To Make Oven Fried Pickles

When you think of a traditional fried pickle recipe, the thought of making your own at home can seem intimidating. The idea of making my own batter to fry them in, and then even the thought of trying to deep fry a whole batch without burning myself never seemed like something I wanted to try out. 

That’s why when we started making these oven fried pickles a few years ago I jumped for joy with how easy it was, especially compared to the alternative. Just a few simple steps are all it takes! 

To start, you’ll preheat the oven, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray the pan with cooking spray. Then, n a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with seasonings and set aside. 

Now, you’ll take a medium-sized bowl and whisk the egg whites and pickle juice until foamy and soft peaks form. Once mixed well,  add the pickles and stir gently to coat.

One at a time, shake pickles to remove excess egg and coat with seasoned bread crumbs. Lastly, you’ll place the pickles on the prepared baking sheet and bake until crispy, flipping halfway through. 

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Tips For Making The Best Oven Fried Pickles

  • The thickness of the pickle slice is important. If you’re making your own pickle slices you don’t want them too thin, or they might burn in the oven. I love using the pre-sliced burger pickle slices 
  • Once you remove the pickles from the juice,  pat them dry with a paper towel. This will prevent them from getting soggy in the oven. 
  • If you’re not a pickle slice person, try using pickle pears, just note that you might need to make a double batch of bread to make the same amount of pickles. 
  • Make sure to line your pan with foil AND spray it with cooking oil. If the pickles stick at all you run the risk of the breading coming detached, leaving you with just a sad, half breaded pickle. 

2 baskets of oven fried pickles, chex party mix and a beer

What Dipping Sauce To Serve With Fried Pickles

Pretty much any dipping sauce you prefer will work with this classic oven-fried pickle recipe. There’s really no way to go wrong with a dipping sauce in this scenario, but there are a few that I always go for when it comes to these bite-sized appetizers. 

A creamy dip with a little bit of spice is my favorite, so I always go for a spicy ranch. If you want something easy to just throw into a little sauce dish, then store-bought works great. If you have a little extra time I highly suggest trying a few of these homemade sauce options. 

Spicy Ranch Dressing

The Best Homemade Ranch Dressing 

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Roasted Garlic Aioli

How To Store Oven Fried Pickles

Of course, just like anything that’s made with a bread-based coating, these oven fried pickles are best served fresh, the day of. If you do manage to have leftovers, you most certainly don’t have to throw them away as they can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. 

Just know that once they are no longer fresh and warm, the coating will start to get a little soggy. I suggest only trying to store the fried pickles for a day or two.

If the coating becomes too soggy, try reheating the leftovers in the oven on broil. Broil for just a few minutes, keeping an eye on the pickles to make sure they don’t burn. 

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Don’t Forget To Check Out More Party Recipes Before You Leave!

Easy Smoky Cheese Ball Recipe – This classic cheese ball recipe with smoked gouda rolled in toasted pecans is always a crowd-pleaser and the perfect addition to any party or charcuterie board.  

Spicy Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix – This homemade snack mix is crunchy, savory and a cinch to make. It’s perfect for a party, football watching, movie night, or any night!

Cheese Stuffed Chicken & Spinach Pizza Bread – Bread dough sprinkled with seasoned chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and stuffed with Mozzarella and provolone cheese.  Served warm dipped in Alfredo sauce.

Buffalo Cheese Fries –  All the flavor of buffalo chicken wings with the crispy texture of french fries topped with sharp cheddar and blue cheese. 

Garlic Chicken Puffs – A rich creamy garlic chicken mixture inside a croissant and baked to form a yummy appetizer. This finger food is a big crowd pleaser and great for gatherings!

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Tools Used To Make These Oven Fried Pickles

Glass Mixing Bowl Set

Everyone should have a good set of mixing bowls in their kitchen. This set is my favorite because the variety of sizes means I always have exactly what I need available. 

Aluminum Half Sheet Pan

This is my favorite sheet pan to use. I have about 4 I use in my kitchen pretty much every time I bake anything that needs a baking sheet. They are perfect oversized pans!

Silicone Whisk

If you’re tired of your wire whisks breaking and getting out of wack from overuse, then try this silicone whisk! I love using it for almost anything I needed quickly mixed up. The silicone can withstand high heat so you don’t have to worry about using it while mixing up recipes on the stove. 

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Oven Fried Pickles

Oven Fried Pickles

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Oven Fried Pickles are perfectly crispy and seriously easy to make! Restaurant-worthy without the hassle and calories of frying in oil.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 16 ounce jar dill pickle slices, patted dry with paper towels
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • Optional Dip: Ranch dressing, thousand island dressing or ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with seasonings.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl whisk egg whites and pickle juice until foamy and soft peaks form. Add pickles and stir gently to coat.
  4. One at a time, shake pickles to remove excess egg and coat with seasoned bread crumbs.
  5. Place the pickles on the prepared baking sheet (they can be pretty close, just not touching)and bake for 10 minutes. Flip pickles and continue baking for another 10 minutes or until crispy

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 704mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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