Tempura Dill Pickles

Tempura Dill Pickles Recipe

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


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


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


Drain pickles, reserving 2 tablespoons pickle juice. Press pickles between layers of paper towels. Set aside.

Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 370°.

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.)

Dip pickles into batter, letting excess drip off.

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,

Southern Living

May 2004
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