Tempura Dill Pickles

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This recipe blends an Asian-inspired batter--tempura--with fried dill pickles, a classic fish fry side in the Lower South.


  • 1 (24-ounce) jar sliced kosher dill pickles
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup club soda, chilled


  1. Drain pickles, reserving 2 tablespoons pickle juice. Press pickles between layers of paper towels. Set aside.
  2. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 370°.
  3. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in club soda and reserved 2 tablespoons pickle juice, stirring just until combined. (Batter will be lumpy.)
  4. Dip pickles into batter, letting excess drip off.
  5. Fry pickles, in batches, 2 1/2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on wire racks over paper towels, and serve immediately.
Jonathan Calvano, Birmingham, Alabama,
May 2004