Nashville Hot Fried Pickles Recipe

Crunchy fried pickles are covered in Nashville Hot sauce to make a delicious spicy appetizer.

  • Author: Jessica Pinney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: American


Chicken Fried Pickles

1 24oz Jar of Pickle Spears

2 Cups of Buttermilk

2 Eggs

2 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce (we use Crystal)

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Flour

2 teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon Paprika

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Oil, for frying

Nashville Hot Sauce

1/2 Cup Butter

1.5 Tablespoons Cayenne (increase or decrease according to your heat preference)

3/4 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/4 Tsp Pepper

1/2 Tsp Paprika

1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder


Chicken Fried Pickles

Drain pickles and set aside.

Add buttermilk, hot sauce, and eggs to a large bowl. Whisk to combine.

In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Drizzle a small amount of buttermilk over the top of the flour. Use a fork to stir. This should create little clumps of flour that will help make our fried pickles extra crispy.

One by one, submerge each pickle in the buttermilk mixture, shake off any excess, then dredge in the flour.

Fry 5-6 pickles at a time at 375 degrees F in a deep fryer or a cast iron skillet. Fry them 3-5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

Remove from oil and place on a cooling rack over a sheet pan.

Nashville Hot Sauce

Melt butter in a stove-top pot or in the microwave. Add the spices & sugar and whisk until well combined.

Brush over each fried pickle spear and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 545