This sizzling Hot Fried Pickle Dip is the perfect savory appetizer for any pickle lover at their next party! I love this easy sauce because it can be made ahead of time and baked right before the party starts, or because it only takes about five minutes to make, it’s just as easy to make and bake right away. Best of all, you don’t need a deep fryer to enjoy fried pickles!
This Fried Pickle Dip recipe was the result of combining one of my all time favorite dips – my Dill Cheddar Pickle Dip – with one of my favorite appetizers, fried pickles! What makes this creamy sauce different is that it’s cooked with a buttery breadcrumb crust and served hot, like fried pickles. There is also a generous amount of ranch dressing mixed into this sauce, replicating the ranch dressing you dip fried pickles in.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Cream cheese – This is the base of the dip and should not be replaced.
- Sour cream – The sour cream lightens the firmness of the cream cheese, making it easier to dip. You can substitute it with Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.
- grated cheddar cheese – Sharp cheddar will have the strongest flavor, but mild cheddar is more deliciously gooey once melted. Both are great.
- pickles – If you’re adventurous, you can try it with bread and butter pickles, but I personally don’t recommend it.
- pickle juice – This refers to the pickled brine from a jar. Not only does it add a lot of pickle flavor to the dill, but it also makes the sauce smoother and creamier.
- fresh dill – Dried dill can be substituted, but using fresh herbs gives the sauce a remarkably fresh flavor.
- ranch dressing – This is sold in packages at the grocery store dressing room.
- bread crumbs – It can be replaced by normal breadcrumbs.
- Butter – You can also use olive oil.
- Garlic powder – You can also use onion powder, or instead.
- Salt – I recommend table salt over kosher salt due to the smaller salt grains.
Optional: If you want a little heat, you can add black pepper and chopped chili flakes.
How to do it
Prepare this fried pickle sauce by first softening the cream cheese. This is important because it allows it to mix with the sour cream more evenly. Then all the other ingredients of the sauce are also mixed. An electric mixer is fine to combine everything, otherwise you can also use a fork.
Prepare the following side dish by mixing the melted butter with the breadcrumbs, salt and garlic powder. Next, add the breadcrumbs on top of the sauce in a baking dish.
Advice: For a more golden crust, you can toast the buttered panko crumbs in a dry skillet before adding them as a garnish to your delicious sauce. Alternatively, it will also brown in the oven, but you have less control over the final color unless you grill it as well.
Leaving the sauce uncovered, place it in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Once out of the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes and then serve.
how to serve it
You have a variety of options to serve with your sauce. I recommend one of the following:
- French fries – I personally use French fries.
- Potato chips
Is fried pickle sauce suitable for Keto?
Sauce from fried pickles can be easily made to suit a ketogenic diet. All you have to do is remove the breadcrumbs from the panko and use the mashed pork rinds instead. Then serve the sauce with fresh vegetables or additional pork rinds for dipping.
How to store leftover pickle sauce?
Leftover sauce should be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated to keep it fresh. It is best to enjoy it within five days. Leftovers can be microwaved when you serve the sauce again.
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Sauce of fried pickles
This sizzling fried pickle dip is the perfect savory appetizer for pickle lovers at your next party.
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Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Preheat to 400 degrees.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well blended.
Pour the pickle sauce into a small oven-safe dish, such as a 9-inch skillet.
Mix melted butter, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and salt. Once mixed, sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the sauce.
Place the sauce in the hot oven uncovered and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Serve with chips, pretzels, or crackers.
If you are going to serve this sauce cold, add another cup of pickle juice to the sauce or it will be too firm to dip. If you need to brown the breadcrumbs more, you can put the sauce briefly under the grill, but be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
Calories: 180kcal | Carbs: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 590 IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg