Fried pickle lovers everywhere, rejoice.  This is a healthier, homemade version of my favorite greasy bar food.  And they are AMAZING – try them with ranch dressing or ketchup!


Now, don’t get me wrong – baked pickles are not a ‘heath food’ – just healthier than fried pickles. 🙂


I healthed-up my favorite salty treat by patting the pickles dry before breading them (removing some of the sodium), using panko crumbs (typically trans-fat free), and baking instead of frying.  Pickle WIN!


Baked Pickles


Ingredients (make 10 pickles or 2 servings):


  • 1 jar dill pickles, sandwich style
  • 1 egg
  • Four little ‘branches’ of dill
  • 1 cup panko crumbs




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a food processor, combine panko crumbs and dill unless well-mixed.  Pour bread onto plate.
  • Break egg into bowl and beat.
  • Remove a pickle and pat with paper plate to remove some sodium.


  • Dredge in egg and then coat in crumbs.
  • Place pickle on greased cookie sheet.
  • Repeat 9 more times.


  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, flip, and bake for 5 more minutes.  Broil for 1 minute (WATCH CAREFULLY) until they brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!


So delicious!  Make these NOW.


With a veggie burger on a Thomas Bagel Thin:


And some roasted Brussel sprouts (if you don’t think you like Brussel sprouts, try rubbing them in maple syrup and salt and roasted at 400 for 25 minutes – so good):


Time for couch + HGTV.  Oh yeaaaah.



  • Baking 'n' Books March 9, 2011, 7:50 pm

    Holy YUM! You’ll have pregnant women on that one! 🙂

    …hmm – time for chocolate and American Idol…or Survivor…or ANTM…eek!

  • Julie (Shining From Within) March 9, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I LOVE PICKLES!!! One day, I ate a whole jar. Mmm mMmMM mMmmmm. I am so making these. I’ve been wanting to try fried pickles ever since I heard Snooki ate them somewhere LOL.

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit March 9, 2011, 7:52 pm

    I am totally sold on those baked pickles and I agree with you, roasting brussel sprouts make them so good!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 9, 2011, 7:54 pm

    Looks delicious! I am posting on my pickle love tomorrow, but I have not done fried or baked before. I may need to give baked a try…YUM!

  • Lindsay March 9, 2011, 7:56 pm

    I’ve never had baked pickles… let alone seen them in Canada! Maybe just an American thing??

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 9, 2011, 8:02 pm

    I am so going to try these. I always crave fried pickles when I smell fried food! This is going to be a great alternative!!
    P.S. Bootcamp = hard. You were right 😉

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 9, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I love fried pickles, now I have to try these.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 9, 2011, 8:07 pm

    So I didn’t even realize I had an addiction to fried pickles but it appears that I am now craving your creation like CRAZY!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 9, 2011, 8:08 pm

    When I was a server in college, I had a family come in and request fried pickles. They literally made me stand there and try one in front of them when I brought them to the table. And they were so. insanely. delicious. I nearly stole the whole basket for myself, ha! Now I need to concoct a gluten-free version!

    Total dinner WIN — nicely done!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 9, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Ahhh – I’m out of pickles! Definitely going to try making these after I can get to the grocery store!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 9, 2011, 8:12 pm

    Those pickles look awesome! I’ve never tried fried pickles, but I love pickles so I bet I’d love them.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 9, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Those sound great! I haven’t had a fried pickle in too long.

  • Fit Chick Britt March 9, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Yum!! Couch and HGTV is exactly what I’m doing too!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 9, 2011, 8:26 pm

    I’ve never successfully broiled something without setting off the smoke alarms!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 9, 2011, 8:29 pm

    I totally love your meal ideas– thank YOU :)Looks super yummy!

  • Amy Ramos March 9, 2011, 8:29 pm

    OMG!! Can I post this on facebook? I think I have half of my friends will drool at the sight!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 8:31 pm

      Of course!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 9, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Ooohh that looks good.

  • Amy Ramos March 9, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Thank you!!!

  • Lee March 9, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Dude, this is pure genius!

  • Kiran March 9, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Looks so delish! I must try this recipe 🙂 Love pickles!

  • julie (etsy stalkers) March 9, 2011, 8:49 pm

    OK – this looks like the best meal ever.

  • Crystal March 9, 2011, 8:57 pm

    OMG, you rock. I have been craving fried pickles like crazy lately. I will be making this soon!

  • Runeatrepeat March 9, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I am super “into” pickles right now and this looks dee-lish!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 9, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I’m not a huge pickle fan but these look crazy good!

  • Rachel March 9, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Yep, making these tomorrow!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 9, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Yum! I tried re-making zucchini fries I had at a restaurant with the same method you used with the pickles, but they tasted too eggy. 🙁 I may retry using panko breadcrumbs.

    • christine March 9, 2011, 10:01 pm

      I’m not a fan of pickles but was thinking of trying it with zucchini too! I love fried zucchini but the whole “it’s at least a little healthy because it’s a veggie” isn’t fooling my stomach… or thighs 😉

  • Allison March 9, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I believe Snooki would love these.

  • Ashley March 9, 2011, 9:08 pm

    omg, these look TO DIE FoR!!!! Great – now I’m gonna need to get some pickles! : )

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 9, 2011, 9:09 pm

    yayyy I had a dream I made these foerever ago and totally forgot about it until now! SO making these!!!! <3 bookmarked!

  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 9, 2011, 9:12 pm

    Oh this would make a terrific salty snack! Going to have to try it for sure!

  • amanda (life in bloom) March 9, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Hallelujah!!! I love fried pickles and I can’t wait to try this!

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 9, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I just saved this recipe under my favorites.. next shopping trip will include pickles!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef March 9, 2011, 9:21 pm

    this looks great!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 9, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Fried {baked?!} pickles are insanely good in honey mustard too. Something about the double-tanginess 😉

  • mary March 9, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Yay, I’m glad you made them!

  • Allison @ OneWhiteTulip March 9, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I ate a whole jar of pickles this weekend. My husband was convinced I was pregnant.

    I think I need to make these – mostly for taste, a lot of bit to freak him out!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 9, 2011, 9:47 pm

    that sounds so interesting! It looks sooo yummmmy~I shall try it soon Caitlin!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 9, 2011, 9:50 pm

    These look divine!!! And what a perfect way to try it at home, rather than get it out at a restaurant first. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Michelle March 9, 2011, 9:52 pm

    OMG I want these now!

    My favorite fried pickle place in Tallahassee (Po’ Boys) used Zatarain’s breading and served it with honey/spicy mustard. Might have to recreate the magic 🙂 Thanks for the idea.

  • Carly March 9, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I LOVE pickles. Just call me snookie I guess LOL 😉 I have to make these!

  • Jess March 9, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Yum! Thanks for posting, these are “healthy” enough for, say, a Thursday night dinner.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 9, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Those pickles look amazing!!!

  • Mrs. Muffins March 9, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Mmm. I’m gonna try them! I have made fried pickles at home, because my husband insisted I had to try them but baking seems like a much better option. The fried ones are good, but in that, ugh, my belly hurts kinda way which is no beuno.

  • Charlie March 9, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I LOVE pickles but never heard of fried pickles! I need to try your recipe!! YUM

  • Mandiee March 9, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I guess I’m a little late, but I just saw this post for fried pickles, too: I love the baked swap!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 9, 2011, 11:05 pm

    Oh. My. I love pickles. Love. Like, really love. Imma gonna have to try this recipe.

  • Marike March 9, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Oh yes please! I think I will have to tries those soon! Those brussel sprouts also look incredible!

  • Camille March 9, 2011, 11:12 pm

    Total food score! Nice recipe adaptation!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 10, 2011, 12:38 am

    Fried pickles are my favorite splurge. I can’t believe so many people like them – my friends always look at me like I have 6 heads hen I bring them up. 🙂

    I see this homemade version in my future…

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 10, 2011, 12:53 am

    I actually hate pickles, but I would definitely make these with another veggie- anything that tastes fried but isn’t is good in my book 🙂

  • KathrynTravels March 10, 2011, 4:08 am

    This is brilliant Caitlin! I moved to Europe five years ago and rarely crave things from home anymore but fried dill pickles get me drooling and missing America so much sometimes. I’m definitely going to try these out – thanks for the tip!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 10, 2011, 4:24 am

    Oh my gosh, looks delicious!!! I love pickles!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 10, 2011, 4:28 am

    oooooooooh I’ll have to make these pickles for my roommate! she loves pickles, and I didn’t let her get any today at the grocery store since they were so expensive 🙁 poor Hannah

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East March 10, 2011, 4:39 am

    First time commenting but have been reading your blog for years and love it! I LOVE pickles and must try this “healthier” version of fried pickles. When I was pregnant I once ate 3 jars of pickles in a 24 hour period! I live in the middle east now and we dont have dill pickles. Our pickles here are good, but just not the same. Sure do miss them!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 10, 2011, 6:22 am

    Haha…baked pickles. They look amazing! What a fun treat. 😀

  • Kate March 10, 2011, 7:13 am

    Oh wow, what an awesome idea! I LOVE fried pickles and never thought about replicating my favorite bar snack at home. And baked even! I’ll definitely have to try this one…

  • Megan March 10, 2011, 7:28 am

    That looks SO good! I’ll have to try them. ASAP!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 10, 2011, 7:48 am

    Whenever I see fried pickles on a stick at fairs, I’m always half intrigued and half grossed out haha! I’m curious to try these though.

  • Michelle March 10, 2011, 8:02 am

    I’ve never thought of putting maple syrup with my brussels sprouts!!! I’ll have to try them that way… they’re my newly discovered favorite vegetable 🙂

  • Lauren March 10, 2011, 8:06 am

    I am definitely making these soon!!

  • Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! March 10, 2011, 8:10 am


    You are amazing for posting this. I AM SO EXCITED.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 10, 2011, 8:10 am

    I’ve never tried a fried or baked pickle! How sad. I am certainly curious though! I don’t know what wouldn’t taste good coated in crispy salty breading :).

  • Michele Albert March 10, 2011, 8:59 am

    Sounds good to me, I love pickles! My mom found a recipe for dill pickle soup and it is really good!

  • BeePie Runs March 10, 2011, 9:23 am

    So I am a self-proclaimed fried pickle connoisseur and fried-pickle snob. BUT, I think I’ll try these 🙂 Thanks for the adaptation.

  • Ali March 10, 2011, 9:38 am

    OH man! This just made my week. Fried pickles are my FAVORITE! You, my friend, are a genius!

  • Amber K March 10, 2011, 10:30 am

    I totally turned my best friend onto brussel sprouts by telling her to roast them. Now she eats them all the time! 🙂

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 10, 2011, 10:39 am

    My husband looooves the fried pickles from Big Daddy’s. I am totally trying this baked recipe!

  • Sara March 10, 2011, 11:34 am

    I LOVE fried pickles, but I’m too chicken to fry stuff. I am so going to try this!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 10, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I’ve marked this recipe because I also love fried pickles. But my very favorite is fried jalapenos. I love them — but hardly ever eat them because they wreck my stomach!

  • Kimberley March 10, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    You can totally make these a little healthier. Use liquid egg whites and instead of the Panko Crumbs, blend Fiber One (original) cereal until it looks crumb like!! This is a Hungry Girl recipe for chicken strips and other great stuff!

    • Caitlin March 10, 2011, 4:41 pm

      What an awesome suggestion!

  • Laurab @FoodSnobSTL March 10, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Those pickles look awesome!

  • Kate March 10, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! I have such a weakness for fried pickles but, since we don’t live in the South anymore, I really see them on a menu. I should make these sooN!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 10, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Omg omg omg!! yess!!!!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 10, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Omg omg omg!! yess!!!!

  • KM March 10, 2011, 6:44 pm

    I adore fried pickles! I can’t wait to try these!

  • Jolene ( March 10, 2011, 7:53 pm

    Fried pickles are awesome!!!!

  • Sam (the neurotic yogini) March 11, 2011, 11:33 am

    OH.. MY.. GOOOOOD!!!! Thank you so much for this! Simple and easy.. Looks like it’s fried pickles for dinner tonight! 😀

  • Kelly March 13, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I totally made these today!!! YUM – THANK YOU!! My husband was so impressed. I used egg whites instead of an egg – cut out a few calories and cholesterol too.

  • Courtney May 26, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I’ve been craving fried pickles, but I don’t have access to a deep frier anymore, nor the patience to pan fry them. This recipe really hit the spot!

  • lissa December 30, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Making these for NYE! Sounds delicious! Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Skye July 16, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I recently started making these after seeing them on Pinterest and absolutely love them!!!!! What a great healthy alternative for fried pickles and they are so easy too!!!!!

  • Penny February 16, 2013, 12:48 am

    Do you have to serve these warm or are they still good if served later

    • Caitlin February 16, 2013, 9:07 am

      They are still good later but warm is best!

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