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Wicked Pickles - An addictively delicious beer battered, deep fried pickle appetizer served with a spicy dipping sauce!

Here in Massachusetts – particularly in the Boston area – many people (including my husband Jack) use the term “wicked” in place of the word “very” to describe something. For example: “That movie was wicked awesome!” or “That kid is wicked smart!” (And to get the full effect, picture this in your mind, all said with a strong Boston accent!)

Even the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a “wicked good” sense of humor as you can see here:

Massachusetts humor…

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So in the tourist town where we live (about an hour south of Boston) a local pub and restaurant gets in on the fun by serving an addictively good appetizer called “Wicked Pickles!”

Wicked Pickles are spicy, battered and deep fried dill pickle slices served with a creamy, spicy dipping sauce. Every bite is zesty, salty, briny, a little sweet, and crunchy with a dill after bite – and they are wicked good! (Sorry – I couldn’t resist!) 😉

Wicked Pickles - An addictively delicious beer battered, deep fried pickle appetizer served with a spicy dipping sauce!

Inspired by that local restaurant, we decided to try making our own version of Wicked Pickles at home – and we’re sharing our recipe with you today!  Enjoy!

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Wicked Pickles - A Family Feast

Wicked Pickles

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Wicked easy and delicious!


For The Dip

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (whichever you have on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon Catalina dressing (ketchup is fine as a substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pepper relish
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon Srirarcha (liquid sriracha or dry Sriracha spice powder)

For the Batter

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot Mexican chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1 ½ cups beer (we used Corona but any mild beer will work)

To Prep the Pickles

  • 1 16-ounce jar of dill pickle slices (we used Vlasic Ovals for a wider surface), drained and patted dry on paper towels
  • ½ cup flour to dust pickles in prior to placing in batter
  • Vegetable for frying


  1. Mix all dip ingredients and hold.
  2. Mix all batter ingredients, ending with beer. Batter should be like a light pancake batter.
  3. Lay out half cup of flour in a plate or bowl and toss dried pickle chips to coat.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan to 350 degrees using a candy thermometer.
  5. Dip one pickle chip from flour into batter and drop in hot oil. It should cook up like tempura. You want a light coating that crisps up with some of the pickle showing. Cook to crisp and remove to a paper towel (about 2 – 2 ½ minutes). Taste pickle and adjust batter based on how spicy you like the batter. Also add more flour or beer to get a perfect tempura type batter.
  6. Fry in two batches and serve with sauce on the side.

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  • Joanie @ ZagLeft wrote:

    Fried pickles are the best! I love the spices in your batter, it all sounds so good!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Joanie!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea wrote:

    My daughter in law is a pickle nut to start with. But NOW she is a pregnant SUPER pickle
    nut. She is going to love love love this.

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – wow those pickle cravings must be strong!! Hope she loves the recipe!

  • Nibbles By Nic wrote:

    Those are some wicked good nibbles! Being a pickle obsessed gal from birth I must must must try these babies!! -Nic

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you like the recipe Nic! 🙂

  • Kristina wrote:

    ha, that traffic sign is hysterical, I love it!

    these pickles sound so good, and that sauce – you have me craving Catalina dressing, yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kristina!

  • Melissa Machowski wrote:

    How funny…I lived in New Engand for 7 years, and recently moved to Austin where I tried my first fried pickle! I LOVE THEM. There is a local place that serves them in a big basket, and we never order them unless we have a group because there are just too many for the two of us. But now I can make them at home!! I love this and I hope you’re surviving the snow! We’re seeing pictures of it all over our facebook feeds and oh how I do not envy the volume of snow you’re getting this year. I hope it makes bug season easier!

    • Martha wrote:

      You moved away JUST in time to avoid this crazy winter Melissa!

  • Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt wrote:

    I need to try these pickles! I can’t even stand how wicked good they sound! I love any kind of fried pickle, but don’t believe I’ve ever had a spicy version. Will. Be. Trying.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Miranda! 🙂

  • heather @french press wrote:

    we LOVE pickles, well everyone here but the hubs, but we have never tried them fried. They sound absolutely amazing!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy them Heather! (Maybe we can help convince your husband too!)

  • Valerie wrote:

    I LOVE fried pickles. My website has an oven banked Panko Crusted version and I can’t wait to try this dip with them! Stay warm up there in Boston!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Valerie! I’ll definitely check your version out!

  • Tonia from TheGunnySack wrote:

    I tried my first fried pickles last year while on vacation in NC. They were wicked amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – thanks Tonia! 🙂

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    Totally weird, but I have never had a pickle before (but keep in mind, I live in Buffalo and still haven’t had a chicken wing!) Weird, I know! Anyhow, I live with the 2 biggest (wicked?!?) pickle eaters on the face of planet earth and they are going to absolutely going to swoon (that’s the new word I keep hearing these days) over this splendid pickles. My little one has been sick for 2 weeks and all she’ll eat is fries and pickles. Go figure. I love visiting Boston! So fun.

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you’ll give these pickles a try Laura! (You are missing out!) 🙂

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