Crispy Oven Fried Pickles with a Cajun Sauce

These oven fried pickles are super crispy and just as delicious as deep fried, but without the fat. The perfect snacking food for watching the game or anytime you have a craving for fried pickles!

If your like us, then this kind of craving happens often! When we are picking a restaurant to go to, it always gets our vote if they have deep fried pickles on the menu.

When the craving happens at home, its a lot easier to bake these snacks than it is to get out a deep fryer or try to deep fry them in a pot of oil. Trying to get to and stay at the perfect temperature for deep frying is a pain, not to mention all the oil splatters.

When these pickles get super crispy when they get “fried” in the oven anyways, its a no brainer…

a bowl of oven fried pickles with a beer and some dipping sauce

Ingredients You Will Need

  • panko bread crumbs (seasoned if you can find them)
  • regular bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried dill
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cornstarch
  • dill pickles!

Tools You Need

  • baking tray – this ones are actually the best we’ve used!
  • baking rack – this is optional, but they work best if you have one.
  • three bowls for the breading

That’s it! See? Simple!

3 bowls for breading the pickles

How to Make Oven Fried Pickles

First Step is to Bread the Pickles

  • Ok, so you will need 3 bowls. One for cornstarch, one for the egg mixture, and one for the breadcrumbs. Get those ready first.
  • Then cut your pickles in thick diagonal slices.
  • Dry the pickles on some paper towel.
  • Bread the pickles by dipping in the cornstarch first, then egg mix, then breadcrumbs.
  • Place on a baking sheet with a rack if you have one. Otherwise just the sheet will do fine.
  • Do this till all the pickles are breaded.

Bake the Pickles

Your going to want your oven hot so put it to 450 degrees and make sure its at temperature before you put the pickles in.

Throw them in the hot oven and bake for 3 mins. Then take them out of the oven and spray or brush the pickles with some oil. (This avocado oil or coconut oil spray is our choice for this) If you don’t have spray, you can paint some oil on the pickles with a brush. Sometimes just brushing the pickles works better than the spray…

Put them back in the oven and cook for another 5 mins. Then flip them over, spray or brush the other side with oil and bake for another 5 mins.

And your done! See, so much easier than deep frying!

process pictures showing how to make oven fried pickles

Tips for Making Perfect Oven Fried Pickles

  • The way you cut your pickles matters. We have tried cutting them in spears and also in rounds and then like these ones, on a diagonal. The diagonal works best because it makes a thin fried pickle, but its still a decent size. Rounds are just too small and spears are nice, but too thick.
  • Make sure to dry off excess liquid from the pickles before breading. This helps the batter stick better!
  • Make sure to thoroughly coat the pickles in the cornstarch. Don’t skip this step or the egg mix wont stick.
  • When you spray or brush the oil on the pickles, make sure to coat the whole pickle. This will ensure that they get nice and crunchy and evenly browned.
a fried pickle being dipped in the sauce

Cajun Dipping Sauce

We love this cajun sauce for dipping our oven fried pickles. Its the perfect blend of creamy, spice and tang. Super flavorful!

Its super easy to make! Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit for 30 mins before eating it if you can.

The Best Cajun Seasoning

Our favorite store bought cajun seasoning is by Cape Herb & Spice. I actually LOVE all of their seasonings! They are from South Africa and they have no artificial flavors or colours, no added MSG, no preservatives, and they are non GMO. I love all that and I think they have really great flavor!

Anyways, to get your hands on the Louisiana Cajun seasoning that we used in this recipe you can find it at Amazon.ca (not .com for some reason) and well.ca. I’ve also seen them at Choices Markets.

Not a sponsored post, we just love these spices 🙂

Other Dipping Sauce Options

Of course there are other options when it comes to sauce… It all depends on personal tastes. Here are a couple others you might like:

an oven fried pickle with a bite taken out of it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze fried pickles?

The short answer to this is no, why bother? That said, I think you could probably freeze them after they are breaded… If you try this, when you go to cook them, cook them from frozen. Don’t let them thaw first or they will get all soggy.

We don’t recommend freezing these.

Are fried pickles healthy?

I wouldn’t go so far as to call these health food. However, oven fried pickles are healthier than deep fried pickles. Just because the amount of fat is greatly reduced.

a bowl of baked pickles

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Oven Fried Pickles

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These oven fried pickles are super crispy and just as delicious as deep fried, but without the fat. We share our best tips for perfect crispy pickles!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword fried pickles, oven fried, oven fried pickles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 236kcal
Author Julie & Debbie

Ingredients

IN BOWL 1

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

IN BOWL 2

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk

IN BOWL 3

  • 1/2 cup unseasoned panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt omit if your panko is pre-seasoned
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill

FOR THE PICKLES

  • 5-6 pickles sliced thick on a diagonal
  • oil or oil spray avocado or coconut works best

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cajun spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

MAKE THE SAUCE

  • To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

BREAD THE PICKLES

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Get out three bowls. In bowl 1, add the cornstarch. In bowl 2, crack the egg, add a little milk and beat it with a fork. In bowl 3 mix the bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dill.
  • Next, cut the pickles on a diagonal about 1/4 inch thick. Dry them off with some paper towel before breading.
  • Start coating the pickles. First dip them, one at a time in the cornstarch mixture. Coat them well and then tap off any extra. Then dip the pickle into the egg. Let any excess drip off and place the pickle in the panko crumbs. Coat it well and then place the pickle on the a baking tray. Use a rack on your baking tray if you have it.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pickles.
  • Throw them in the hot oven and bake for 3 mins. Then take them out of the oven and spray or brush the pickles with some oil. (This avocado oil or coconut oil spray is our choice for this) If you don’t have spray, you can paint some oil on the pickles with a brush. Sometimes just brushing the pickles works better than the spray…
  • Put them back in the oven and cook for another 5 mins. Then flip them over, spray or brush the other side with oil and bake for another 5 mins.
    Serve them hot!

Notes

Nutrition values are for 1/4 of the recipe without the dipping sauce. 

Tips for Making Perfect Oven Fried Pickles

  • The way you cut your pickles matters. We have tried cutting them in spears and also in rounds and then like these ones, on a diagonal. The diagonal works best because it makes a thin fried pickle, but its still a decent size. Rounds are just too small and spears are nice, but too thick.
  • Make sure to dry off excess liquid from the pickles before breading. This helps the batter stick better!
  • Make sure to thoroughly coat the pickles in the cornstarch. Don’t skip this step or the egg mix wont stick.
  • When you spray or brush the oil on the pickles, make sure to coat the whole pickle. This will ensure that they get nice and crunchy and evenly browned.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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