Fried Pickles with Spicy Mayo

Crispy panko-crusted fried pickle spears served with an Old Bay and cayenne-spiked mayo. | Crispy panko-crusted fried pickle spears served with an Old Bay and cayenne-spiked mayo. |
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 5 minutes
yield 6 to 8 servings


Unlike the fried pickles you’ve probably seen, which are typically in coin form, ours are dill spears that are coated in egg, panko and flour. The crisp fries are served with an Old Bay and cayenne-spiked mayo that balances out their brininess.

BY:Tasting Table


For the Spicy Mayo:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For the Fried Pickles:

  • Canola or grapeseed oil, for frying
  • 2½ cups panko
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 dill pickles, drained, patted dry and quartered lengthwise


  • Make the spicy mayo: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, Old Bay seasoning and cayenne. Season with salt.
  • Pour enough oil into a 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan until it reaches a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°.
  • In a food processor, pulse the panko until finely ground.
  • Place the panko, flour and egg into 3 separate bowls. Stir the baking powder into the flour.
  • Working with one pickle at a time, dredge in flour, allowing any excess to fall. Dip each pickle into the egg then coat evenly in panko bread crumbs.
  • Working in batches, fry the pickles, turning halfway through, until crisp and light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pickles and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and season immediately with salt. Serve with the spicy mayo.
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