Hooters Fried Pickles Recipe


The very idea of fried pickle slices may seem weird to you, but don’t judge before trying them. In fact, once you try these Hooters fried pickles, you’ll wish you knew about them a long time ago.

fried pickles from hooters

This crunchy and tangy treat is quite popular at Hooters, but they are so easy to make that you can have them today after spending not more than 30 minutes in the kitchen. The chances are you’ll devour them so quickly that you’ll make another batch right away.

These Hooters fried pickles make a great treat for every day, especially when you want to impress your guests with something different. They require a few simple ingredients that are very easy to find such as dill pickles, flour, paprika, and buttermilk.

Fried pickles are most popular in the South, but now you can enjoy them in your own home with this simple Hooters fried pickles recipe. They have the perfect amount of tanginess and a crisp coating no one can resist.

Read on to find out more about their preparation.

How to Make Hooters Fried Pickles?

All you need to have to make your own Hooters fried pickles is a few everyday ingredients and not more than 30 minutes. You can get a jar of dill pickle slices for even quicker preparation, or a jar of dill pickles and cut your own slices.

And don’t throw away the pickle juice. You can always use it as a vinegar substitute in egg salad or potato salad.

One of the keys to making the perfect Hooters fried pickles is using buttermilk which counteracts the tartness of the pickles. Another important thing in the preparation of these fried pickles is using the right combination of flour.

This recipe calls for a mixture of white flour and whole wheat flour. Since both of them fry at different levels, the final product has a complex taste and perfect texture.

A version of this recipe includes beer for marinating the pickles before soaking them in buttermilk. Some people say that this makes fried pickles taste even more amazing. But, it’s up to you to decide it.

Overall, the preparation of Hooters fried pickles includes getting the slices out of the jar, soaking them in a seasoned buttermilk solution, dredging them in a flavorful coating, and submerging them in hot oil to fry until they color golden brown.

You’ll be surprised how delicious they are and once your family tries them, they will ask you to make them for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner… Luckily, pickles are not expensive, so you can make this fun appetizer as often as your family wants.

Hooters Fried Pickles

4 from 25 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Here’s how to make four servings of Hooters fried pickles that will take you up to ten minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. So overall, you’ll need up to 30 minutes to make your own Hooters fried pickles at home.


  • 16 ounces 16 dill pickle chips

  • 2 quarts 2 vegetable oil

  • 2 cups 2 buttermilk

  • 1 cup 1 all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups 2 whole-wheat flour

  • 1 tsp. 1 paprika

  • 2 tsp. 2 salt

  • 1/4 tsp. 1/4 cayenne pepper


  • In a large pot, pour the oil and heat it to 350 °F.
  • Spread a few paper towels on a platter so that you can drain the fried pickle slices once they are cooked.
  • Get the pickles out of the jar and drain them in a colander.
  • In a medium bowl, put the drained pickles and pour the buttermilk over them so that they are covered.
  • In another bowl, stir the two types of flour, cayenne, paprika, and salt and mix well until well combined.
  • Take a handful of the pickles soaked in buttermilk and dredge them in the flour mixture.
  • Once you shake off any excess flour from the pickles, put them in the hot oil. Just don’t put too many pickles in the oil at once as they won’t fry up crisp.
  • Cook the pickles in the hot grease until they color golden brown.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop the fried pickles out of the pot and place them in the platter covered with paper towels to drain.
  • Do the same thing with the rest of the pickles. Once they are cooked and drained, serve.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Four servings of your homemade Hooters fried pickles contain 520 calories, 76 g carbs, 15 g protein, 19 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 528 mg potassium, 2283 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 4.1 mg iron, 211 mg calcium, and traces of vitamin C and vitamin A.

How to Eat Hooters Fried Pickles?

Even though these fried pickles are perfect on their own, you can combine them with some dipping sauces. For example, they are usually served with a spicy ranch or horseradish sauce, but you can also eat them with a barbecue sauce or even ketchup.

Whether you eat them plain or in combination with any of these sauces, make sure they are still hot and crispy.

However, you don’t want to freeze them as they will lose the crispiness which makes them so unique. Plus, there’s really no need to freeze them as making them ready to eat will probably take you just as much time as you’ll need to make them all over again. Half an hour later and you’ll enjoy freshly made hot and crispy fried pickles.


If you want a quick but delicious treat or appetizer that won’t cost you a lot but will impress everyone, the Hooters fried pickles recipe is the right one for you. Not only that the recipe is easy and requires a few everyday ingredients, but it’s so cheap that you can make it every day, and believe us, no one will complain.

Everyone will love your crispy and tangy fried pickles that are perfect for eating on their own or in combination with some dipping sauce such as horseradish or spicy ranch sauce. One thing’s for sure – eat them hot and crispy for maximum enjoyment.

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