Oil-Free Fried Pickles [Vegan]

Oil-Free Fried Pickles

I feel like when I say “Fried Pickles” – the entire recipe speaks for itself!  However, since this is a food blog I should probably say a few things about these delicious little spears of heaven.

Side Note: I wish the pictures had turned out better but moving to a brand new apartment and trying to learn the new lighting set-up… let’s just say it’s more involved then I expected.  Come the new year (and my tax return – cha-ching!) I’ll be setting up a studio space so ALL my pictures turn out amazing!

Can I share something about myself with you, I promise it’s going to lead back to the pickles.  As a kid I was never really a fan of roller coasters, but I used to love going to those little carnivals and fairs that would pop-up in empty parking lots or fairgrounds. Walking around with my family and friends, enjoying some fried food, playing the rigged carney games in order to win prizes – it’s just memories that take me way back.

While these little suckers were in the oven – yes the oven, because we aren’t “cookin’ with oil” today – the smell that filled my kitchen took me back to when I was just kid, waiting in line for the scrambler – those were simpler times!  I think there is something special about foods that “take you back,” and these fried pickles definitely do!

Fast forward to today, as a full blown vegan who tries to stay pretty healthy, fried food isn’t at the top of the list of foods I reach for!  Most frying batter has eggs (not vegan) and milk (also not vegan), and then the item is dipped in a vat of boiling fat, so traditional fired pickles were out of the question! So, I created something better!

So for my “fried pickle” recipe – I decided to bake the pickles using a thinner batter!  Experience, with other recipes has told me that just baking something with batter on it doesn’t give you that “crispy” feeling you get from traditional frying!  So I used some vegan and gluten-free breadcrumbs to create that crispy texture you expect!  But don’t worry – you still get that awesome “batter blanket” around the pickles, I mean just look at how tasty it looks:

Vegan Fried Pickles

How does it taste?  Well let’s just say I’m not proud to admit that I kept sneaking bites of the uncooked pickles!  They are tangy, zingy, spicy, and uniquely delicious!  Add in the amazingness that is a dill pickle and you have the perfect flavor combo!

I hope that these little pickles turn out great for you like they did for me!  You can serve them up with your favorite vegan friendly dip – I used  my Vegan Buffalo Ranch without the added jackfruit!

If you’re feeling super fancy like I was when I made these – you can serve them up in a little basket!  And last but not least, be sure to enjoy them hot!

Healthy Fried Pickle Recipe

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Oil-Free "Fried" Pickles [Vegan]
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-16 Spears
Ingredients
  • 1 Jar Dill Pickle Spears
  • 1 - 1½ Cups Vegan Bread Crumbs
Batter Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 tsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Drain the pickles and pat them so that the batter will stick to them!
  3. Place all the batter ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  4. Lay the breadcrumbs out on a large plate or baking sheet, starting with just ½ cup and adding new crumbs as you need them. This will help prevent clumping.
  5. With a pair of tongs (or your hands - if you want to be like me!) dip the spears into the batter, shake of the excess, then roll in the breadcrumbs until they have a thin layer of crumbs on the outside.
  6. Place the pickles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  7. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the batter is full cooked and starts to crisp.
  8. Serve hot with a dipping sauce, like my Buffalo Ranch and enjoy!
Tips and Ideas
While this recipe does have a little kick - the pickles themselves are not too spicy. The Sriracha sauce also provides a lot of flavor, so don't leave it out!
Try using different styles of dill pickles, like slices or gherkins.
These are best served hot, with a room temperature or cold dipping sauce.

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What one fair food would you want veganized?

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Comments

  1. says

    My favorite fair food is the blooming onion. I love walking around munching away and dipping it in the sauce they have. Might be horseradish? But it’s the reason I have to stay away from the fair. Haha

    Thanks for the recipe man!

  2. says

    Thanks for the recipe, Zach! I’ve wanted to make baked ‘fried’ pickles but haven’t yet because, like you said, I thought they wouldn’t crisp up enough. Will be trying your approach soon!

    By the way, do these need to be flipped halfway through baking or not?

    • says

      Hey Alina!

      I feel you, I was so worried about that too, but I think the bread crumbs kept that crunch factor! I didn’t flip them half way, but you could if you wanted, not sure it would make much difference though!

      Zach

    • says

      Meghan, funnel cakes would be amazing – that would take some REALY magic to get healthy lol!

      Thanks for reading,
      Zach

  3. says

    This is one of my favorite apps to get when we go out. OUCH! I have always wanted to bake them so once I tried it and they tasted so crappy. I should try these!

    • says

      Hey Kayla!

      The breadcrumbs lets these ones keep their crunch and I’ve gotten lots of good feedback! I think you might LOVE them ;)

      Zach

  4. sheena says

    I have never heard of these before, but made them anyway.
    Wow!
    They have become a new favourite!

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