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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 up some Hooters hot wings, why not try some of the fried pickles to go along with them?
Hooters Fried Pickles Recipe

Hooters Fried Pickles

If you have never tried them before, fried pickles are a wonderful appetizer. Where I grew up, there was a restaurant that made homemade fried pickles; it was called the County Seat. I remember Mike Kelly, the owner, would come into where I was working, and he told me his secret to fried dill pickles was soaking the pickles in beer. While Hooters fried pickles aren’t soaked in beer, they are quite good. You can serve these fried dill pickles with your favorite sauce. It isn’t a secret any longer how to make Hooters fried pickles with this recipe.

Hooters Fried Pickles

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:20 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Hooters Fried Pickles

Hooters fried pickles are perfect to make for your favorite game on TV, or anytime you want something with a bit of crunch and tang.


  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar hamburger 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.

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  • wejam57

    I guess most of you folks are from somewhere other than the deep south. I pretty sure its hooters version of remoulade sauce.

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  • Celeste

    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

    • stephaniemanley

      I have never had Kelly’s before so I can’t say.

  • Kimberly

    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!

  • Patricia Conte

    LOVE fried pickles!! These look super tasty! Thanks!

    • stephaniemanley

      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.

  • Becca Torsell

    Fried Pickles! Can’t go wrong!

  • Question

    What kind of buttermilk do you use ranch buttermilk ??

    • stephaniemanley

      I mean buttermilk, the dairy product, not buttermilk ranch salad dressing.

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  • Emily

    I love fried pickles there delicuse. I had fried pickles at Texas road house in Idaho but I’m on summer break in Nevada.

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  • Rebecka

    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.

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  • Ashley321

    Would corn flour work? My husband has a gluten allergy

    • Stephanie

      Maybe I would try corn and rice flour. Rice flour I know really fries up nicely.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • val

    The brand of pickle matters…..hooters uses claussen

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  • robrob

    add cayenne pepper to the batter…

  • robrob

    can i use shake n bake?

    • robrob

      im totally gunna try just to see how it turns out

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  • Picklefreak

    Worst recipe ever..followed as stated and they were so bland…

  • Sengledow517

    Can you use a deep fryer?

  • Ladysarin91

    The hooter sauce is simply hidden valley ranch with Louisiana hot sauce.

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  • Reyes.

    what can I substitute wheat flour for?

    • 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.

    • hmmmm

      cornmeal is a good subsitute. i did 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of cornmeal.

  • Reyes.

    what can I substitute wheat flour for?

  • 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.

  • Mattstephenson01

    How long do you marinate in the butter milk?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t do it too long. I do it while my oil is heating up for the frying.

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  • Casandra Carmona

    can you use olive oil?

    • Anonymous

      I would not use olive oil to fry the pickles in.

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  • 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!!!!

    • Stephanie

      I love the fried pickles. I have been to the movie tavern a couple of times, I never noticed they had fried pickles.

  • 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.

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  • Christina

    How many minutes do you leave it in the Fryer?

    • Stephanie

      You leave them in the fryer long enough for them to float and turn a golden color.

  • Chuck

    WANT! nom

  • 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.

    • Everett

      add cayenne pepper to the ranch

    • Ashley

      The closest thing to the Hooters pickles dipping sauce is “Zesty Ranch Dressing” from my own experience. You might even add a little tobasco sauce to it to give it a little kick.

  • 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! :)