These easy gluten free and keto fried pickles are one of your favorite snacks with dill pickles, made healthier! They're super easy to make with pickle slices, and a few pantry staples. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. These sugar free, keto and gluten free fried pickles are less than 2 net carbs per serving!
This keto fried pickles recipe is completely egg free. These pickles are deep fried, without a deep fryer. If you're craving delicious, golden brown fried pickles, they're only a few steps away. All you need is a cast iron skillet, some oil and a few items from your pantry.
- Dill pickle chips - Or, dill pickle spears cut into desired shape. We actually love to buy dill pickle chips pre-cut. Just make sure to lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and dab them off with some paper towels. We do this to soak up the excess moisture.
- Unflavored whey protein isolate - We love Isopure! Isopure is such an incredible pantry staple. This unflavored, zero carb whey protein isolate is so versatile. It has no flavor, and creates the most perfect gluten free breading for your pickles. Keep reading for more tips on working with Isopure.
- Cajun seasoning of choice - We make our own cajun seasoning blend at home, it's so easy and cost effective. We will post the recipe further down in this post.
- Italian seasoning- This is another blend that we mix up at home, it's so easy! This pairs perfectly with some of our other "spicier" spices, and adds a nice earthy flavor. We will share the recipe for how we make ours below.
- Kosher salt - Just a pinch, pickles are salty enough themselves! You can always add more salt later, after the pickles are done frying. Add salt to taste.
- Black pepper - To taste! We love a bit of cracked black pepper for flavor.
- Avocado oil - Avocado oil has a very high smoke point of 500°F, making it perfect for frying. If you're looking for the healthiest and most keto friendly option, use avocado oil. You can use any neutral flavored oil that will tolerate high heat that you prefer.
- Dipping sauce of choice - For dipping of course! We love using our favorite store bought ranch dressing. We hope to have our own ranch recipe for you very soon.
How to Make These Keto Fried Pickles:
Drain the pickles by removing them from the jar with a slotted spoon. Set aside in a small dish. We won’t dry the pickles off because this will help the breading adhere to the pickles. We don't use an egg wash for this keto fried pickles recipe, which makes this recipe super simple.
Heat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet (like a cast iron) to 375°F.
In a shallow dish, combine Isopure and seasonings. Working in batches, dredge the pickle slices in the mixture until they are well coated, about 4- 6 slices at a time. Use a fork to help keep your hands clean, since Isopure breading gets sticky.
Drop the pickle slices into the oil. You don’t want to dredge the pickles ahead of time. Only dunk the pickles in the isopure and seasonings mixture right before they go into the oil.
*If you dredge the pickles too soon, the Isopure "breading" will stick to whatever surface you have it resting on. Simply dredge the pickles using a fork, then drop right into the oil.
Allow the pickles to get golden brown, this will take about 1-2 minutes on each side. When the pickles are done, transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet.
Let the oil come back to 375 F between batches, as the pickles will lower the temperature of the oil.
Serve these keto fried pickles with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy right away!
Can You Recommend a Dairy Free Breading?
Unfortunately, no we cannot recommend a substitute for a dairy free whey protein for this recipe. At this point, whey protein is our favorite for frying! If we try another breading, we will be sure to update this post. Also, if you try something else, be sure to let us know!
We started working with them recently as content creators only. (Meaning, we create content for their website and we aren't required to share anything about them here.) It's safe to say and you can expect to see A LOT more recipes with this incredible ingredient.
We love using Isopure unflavored whey protein isolate powder. It adheres so nicely to the pickles without dunking them in an egg-wash first. You will find that these gluten free and low carb fried pickles fry up super easily with very minimal effort!
How Much Oil Should I Use To Fry Keto Fried Pickles?
Use enough oil in your skillet to make it about 2 inches deep. This depends on the size of your skillet. We like using our 12" Lodge Cast Iron for this, since there's plenty of surface area.
We still only fry about 4-6 pickles at one time. This helps us keep the temperature from dropping too quickly.
What Temperature To Keep The Oil:
Frying only a few pickles at a time helps keep the temperature of the oil at a solid 375°F. 375°F is the sweet spot for frying the pickles quickly enough without burning them. You don't want fry them too low, or else they will get greasy. Too high, and you will burn them.
Here's Some More Recipes To Try:
- Low Carb Cheeseburger Casserole Skillet
- Oven Roasted Shishito Peppers
- Oven Baked Keto BBQ Pork Ribs
- Keto Snack Mix (Protein Packed Party Mix!)
Want to learn how to take really good care of your Lodge Cast Iron Cookware? Check out our helpful guide with video!
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Keto Fried Pickles (Gluten Free)
- 46 whole pickle chips (between 40-50)
- 6 tablespoon unflavored whey protein isolate (¼ cup + 2 tbsp)
- ¾ teaspoon cajun seasoning
- ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste, you can sprinkle pickles with more salt after frying if you prefer)
- oil for frying
- serve with dipping sauce of choice
- Drain the pickles by removing them from the jar with a slotted spoon. Set aside in a small dish. Heat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet (like a cast iron) to 375°F. In a shallow dish, combine Isopure and seasonings. Working in batches with a fork, dredge the pickle slices in the mixture until they are well coated, about 4- 6 slices at a time.
- Drop the pickle slices into the oil immediately after dredging them. Don't pre-dredge anything, or the Isopure breading will stick to the surface you are resting the pickles on.
- Allow the pickles to get golden brown, this will take about 1-2 minutes on each side. When the pickles are done, transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet. Let the oil come back to 375°F between batches, as the pickles will lower the temperature of the oil.
- Serve theseketo fried pickles with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy right away!