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Fried Dill Pickle Dip

5 from 1 vote
Total Time: 10 mins

This creamy and delicious Fried Dill Pickle Dip tastes exactly like a fried dill pickle dipped in ranch! It takes 10 minutes to whip up and is the perfect crowd pleasing appetizer.

For other versions of this dip, check out my Olive Dip and Green Onion Dip!

Fried Dill Pickle Dip on a cracker

I could eat the entire dish of this Fried Dill Pickle Dip… literally. It is full of addicting textures and flavors– creamy ranch with salty dill pickles, crunchy, toasty, fried bits. So if you love fried pickles you have to try this!

Why You Should Make Homemade Fried Pickle Dip

There are a few Fried Pickle Dips that have become very popular at grocery stores like Costco and Walmart. They are popular for a good reason, I mean who doesn’t like fried dill pickles? This is my take on the store-bought versions and let me tell you why it is better made at home:

  1. It has the crunchiest bread crumb topping to mimic the fry on a pickle. You cannot get that with store-bought, it would just be soggy.
  2. You get to choose your ingredients and where they come from- I have used homemade garlic dill pickles, made my own breadcrumbs from burger buns and pretzels, used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a boost of protein, and even threw in some red pepper flakes for spice.
  3. It is an inexpensive appetizer and an easy one to make too, so why not make it at home with love.
Fried dill pickle dip in a serving dish

Ingredients For Fried Dill Pickle Dip

  • Toasted Bread Crumbs: This mimics the fried coating on a fried dill pickle. We are making our own using plain bread crumbs, a little butter, and a hot skillet.
  • Whipped Cream Cheese and Sour Cream: The base to any creamy and light dip. I like to buy whipped cream cheese because it means less whipping when you are making the dip. You can also use regular cream cheese of course.
  • Dill pickles and juice: Choose your favorite dill pickles, the crunchier the better!
  • Ranch seasoning: It is iconic to dip fried dill pickles in ranch, so it seemed natural to add this in to the dip! This recipe uses 2 tablespoons which is one, 2 ounce, packet of Ranch seasoning mix.
  • A few more seasonings: Garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Ingredients: Cream cheese, sour cream, pickles, ranch seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, bread crumbs,

How to Make Fried Dill Pickle Dip at Home

Toast. In a small skillet, melt the butter, add the breadcrumbs, stir continually until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.

Mix. In a medium sized bowl combined the cream cheese, sour cream, dill pickle juice, Ranch seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dill pickles.

Spread and top. Evenly spread the dip into a serving dish (this is completely optional, you can also keep it in the bowl you mixed the dip in). Sprinkle toasted bread crumbs and more chopped pickles over the top.

Serve with dippers and devour!

What to Serve With Your Dip

This Fried Pickle Dip tastes good with a lot of different things. You really cannot go wrong with whatever you choose. Here are a few suggestions:

  • crackers
  • pretzels
  • veggies: celery, carrots, cucumbers, etc.
  • pita chips
  • potato chips
  • toasted baguette slices

Making It Ahead of Time

This Fried Dill Pickle Dip is perfect to make ahead of time, which makes it even more perfect to serve at parties, take to church picnics, BBQs, etc. The best way to do this is, the night before…

  • Toast the bread crumbs and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Mix up the dill pickle dip and spread it into your serving dish. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Before you are ready to take and serve, sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs and extra chopped pickles over top.

Fried Pickle Dip Variations and Substitutions

  • The pickles- You can use spicy pickles, garlic pickles, homemade pickles, just make sure they are crunchy and not sweet (that wouldn’t taste good). You can even use dill pickle relish.
  • Make it spicy- use red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or finely diced jalapenos.
  • Substitute the garlic powder for raw garlic- (you would only need 1 clove).
  • Lighten it up- instead of using sour cream you can substitute it for equal amounts of plain Greek yogurt.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream?

Yes! I love to substitute sour cream for Greek yogurt in a lot of my recipes. Greek yogurt gives this dip a little tang and some protein too. Just make sure you use plain and not vanilla (it is easy to mistakenly buy the wrong stuff).

How long does Fried Pickle Dip last?

If stored in the refrigerator and in an airtight container, it can last up to 3 days. I recommend eating it the same day you make it because the bread crumb topping absorbs moisture and can become a little soggy.

Can I freeze Fried Dill Pickle Dip?

I do not recommend freezing this dip. Cream cheese does not defrost well and typically leaves an odd texture and flavor. Freezing it would also make the bread crumbs soggy.

2 Big Tips for the BEST Fried Pickle Dip

  1. Use high quality ingredients. Because there are minimal ingredients in this dip it makes all the difference, especially the pickles.
  2. The cream cheese and sour cream need to be at room temperature. This is a MUST for your dip to be well combined and creamy. If it is even a little but too cold you will have lumpy dip (YUCK)!
Fried Dill Pickle Dip on a cracker

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Fried Dill Pickle Dip on a cracker

Fried Dill Pickle Dip

Elizabeth Swoish
This Fried Dill Pickle Dip is creamy and full of addicting textures and flavors. It is the perfect party appetizer to make ahead of time and double or triple to feed a crowd. I guarantee it will be one of the best and easiest dips you have ever tasted.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 6
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cream cheese; room temperature (I use the whipped variety)
  • 1 cup sour cream; room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch seasoning; or one, 2 ounce, package
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup dill pickles; roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a small skillet, over low-medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs.
  • Continually stir until the bread crumbs are coated in the butter and well toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl whip together the cream cheese and sour cream.
  • Add the dill pickle juice, Ranch seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, dill pickles, and combine well.
  • Evenly spread the dip into a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with toasted bread crumbs and more chopped pickles.
  • Serve with crackers, pretzels, veggies, or chips of choice.

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Notes

Storing Information:

  • In the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. 
  • Freezing is not recommended.

Fried Pickle Dip Dippers Ideas:

  • crackers
  • pretzels
  • veggies: celery, carrots, cucumbers, etc.
  • pita chips
  • potato chips
  • toasted baguette slices

Make Ahead Information:

These instructions are for making Fried Dill Pickle Dip up to two days in advance. 
  • Toast the bread crumbs and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Mix up the dill pickle dip and spread it into your serving dish. Store covered in the refrigerator.
  • When you are ready to serve, sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs and extra chopped pickles over top.
 
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By Elizabeth Swoish on February 25th, 2022

1 thought on “Fried Dill Pickle Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    This dip is AMAZING!!!! It is seriously addictive, make a double batch!!! I used crushed Ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs for a twist. Thanks, Elizabeth!! ❤️

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