Turn up the game day deliciousness with Fried Pickle Dip! A creamy blend of cream cheese and sour cream is perfectly seasoned and jazzed up with dill pickles. A buttery panko breadcrumb topping adds a delightful crunch to every scoop.
A delicious twist on a classic fried favorite, this dip delivers all the mouthwatering flavors without the fryer. Huddle up around the snack table and let the flavor games begin.
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What Makes Fried Pickle Dip So Good
Pickle people rejoice. Fried Pickle Ranch Dip is here. Yes, if you love the taste of pickles, you won't want to miss this unique dip that combines the flavors of Southern-style fried pickles with classic ranch dressing.
You can use this as a chip dip or a spread for sandwiches. However you serve it, your family and friends will love it!
Why You Should Try This Recipe
Stop serving the same snacks as everyone else. Make your gatherings extra special with Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip. It's not as strange as you might think.
However, fair warning. There is a good chance that someone close to you will become addicted to this dip recipe. But that's okay since it is easy as heck to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Fried Pickle Dip Ingredients
For this creamy dip, you'll need:
- Cream cheese
- Dill pickles
- Sour cream
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Seasoned salt
- Dry dill
- Freshly ground black pepper
For the crispy topping, you'll need:
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Unsalted butter
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Sandwich-style dill pickle slices make mincing a snap, but you can use any dill pickles you have on hand.
Lawry's Seasoned Salt is a popular go-to brand, but you can use your favorite in this recipe.
You can use dill pickle relish instead of chopping up dill pickles. Just be sure to drain it before adding it to the dip.
You can also use ordinary unseasoned breadcrumbs, but the large Panko breadcrumbs offer more of a crunch.
How to Make It Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip
To prepare the dip:
- Put the cream cheese on the counter about 20 minutes before starting the recipe to allow it to soften.
- While waiting, mince the dill pickles and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the minced dill pickles, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, dry dill, and ground black pepper.
- Stir well and cover with plastic wrap.
- Chill for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
To make the breadcrumb topping:
- Melt the unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat.
- When the butter stops foaming, add the Panko.
- Toast the breadcrumbs while stirring until golden brown.
- Transfer the toasted Panko crumbs into a bowl and reserve.
To assemble Fried Pickle Ranch Dip:
- Put the dip into a serving bowl. Since you can't save served dip, using a smaller bowl and adding more dip as needed is a good idea.
- Garnish the bowl of dip with a thin layer of the toasted breadcrumbs.
What to Dunk Into the Dip
There are a lot of dunkables to try with this Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip besides just potato chips. Here are a few other options:
- Chips that aren't made from potatoes. Pita and bagel chips are some of the best choices because they are sturdy enough to handle the dip without breaking.
- Pretzels. Salted or unsalted pretzel nuggets work best here since their smaller size discourages double-dipping.
- Chicken. Chicken and pickles go great together - think Chick-fil-A's Chicken Sandwiches. Fried Pickle Ranch Dip is a delicious dipping sauce with nuggets and chicken fingers.
What to Eat With Fried Pickle Dip
You can do much more with this Fried Pickle Dip recipe than just use it for dunking. Try some of these more creative options:
- Use it as a quick quesadilla filling. Cook a tortilla in a pan on one side and flip it over. Sprinkle the hot tortilla with cheddar cheese. Wait for the cheese to start melting, then add a few dollops of the dip on half of the tortilla. Cook for about a minute to warm the dip without getting too runny. Remove the tortilla from the pan, fold in half, cut in thirds, and serve.
- Swap the dip for regular cream cheese when making Jalapeno Poppers. For a quick and unique version, try this Wonton Jalapeno Popper recipe.
- Turn the dip into a salad dressing. Thin out Fried Pickle Dip with milk or a mixture of milk and pickle juice. Toss the dressing with a simple salad of lettuce, sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, and chopped tomatoes. Serve with croutons.
How to Store the Dip
Although you shouldn't save any dip that has been out for more than a few minutes, you can keep unserved dip in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can keep the buttered breadcrumbs in the refrigerator, but it is better to make them fresh to create the contrast between the warm Panko and the cold dip.
How Long Does It Last
The dip will last for up to three days in the fridge.
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Fried Pickle Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- ¾ cup minced dill pickles
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup panko
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, dill pickles, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, dried dill, and black pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 1 hour before serving.
- When ready to serve, melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the panko and toast until golden brown. Immediately remove from the heat.
- Sprinkle the panko over the dip and serve.