Get the party started with fried pickle dip! This easy-to-make dip is creamy, rich, and loaded with tangy and savory flavors from chopped dill pickles, ranch, and a crispy panko bread crumb topping. This 15-minute appetizer is perfect with chips, crackers, and veggies.
Fried dill pickle dip
Headed to a party or potluck? Instead of your usual go-to dip recipe, consider serving this fried pickle dip instead!
It’s loaded with delicious pickle flavor, so all the pickle lovers in your life will be on cloud 9. Plus, pickles, ranch, and crispy panko together? Swoon!
The blend of creamy and crispy textures and a delightful taste make this cold dip so addictive.
There’s cream cheese, dill pickles, toasted breadcrumbs, fresh dill, garlic powder, and a pinch of celery salt. When these get mixed with the ranch dressing, real magic happens.
This fried dill pickle dip has it all! It’s creamy, tangy, and filled with mouthwatering pickle and ranch flavors.
Pair it with crackers, chips, pretzels, or veggies, or use it in a sandwich – no matter how you enjoy this easy-to-make dip, you will fall in love!
Reasons to love fried pickle ranch dip
- So creamy: The cream cheese and ranch base add a little tangy flavor to the dip, making it super creamy with crispy bits of toasted breadcrumbs.
- Yummy pickle flavor: Diced dill pickles, pickle juice, and fresh dill work in tandem to give the dip the most delicious pickle flavor throughout.
- Quick + easy: You can prepare ranch dill pickle dip in as little as 15 minutes.
- Versatile: Customize the recipe by switching up the seasonings, swapping the cream cheese for Greek yogurt, or adding spice with jalapeños!
- Make-ahead: Whip up the dip in advance and store it in the fridge for easy snacking and entertaining.
- Great for entertaining: Fried dill pickle dip will be a hit at every gathering – from game day to holiday celebrations to potlucks and family get-togethers.
Fried pickle dip takes just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients to make. Please refer to the recipe card below for exact measurements.
- Cream cheese: Room-temperature cream cheese creates a wonderful creaminess! You can use block-style cream cheese or whipped cream cheese for a tub for an extra airy texture.
- Ranch dressing helps to
- Dill pickles add a nice crunchy texture and a wonderfully briny, salty flavor. Chop the pickles finely so they are scoopable.
- Dill pickle juice intensifies the delicious pickle flavor. Simply use the brine from the jar of dill pickles. It’s also the secret ingredient in our Jarlsberg cheese dip.
- Fresh dill adds a ton of fresh, herby flavor and a touch of color.
- Garlic powder is a wonderful pairing for pickles and
- Salt + black pepper for seasoning.
- Panko breadcrumbs are fried crispy and create the crunchy topping.
- Butter to toast the breadcrumbs.
How to make fried pickle dip
1. Toast panko breadcrumbs
- Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Once melted, add the panko breadcrumbs and toast until the breadcrumbs are browned. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Set the toasted breadcrumbs aside to cool.
2. Combine cream cheese and ranch dressing
- Using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and ranch dressing until creamy and smooth.
3. Fold in pickles & breadcrumbs
- Next, fold in the diced dill pickles, chopped dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until everything is well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Stir in the breadcrumbs, reserving a few to put on top.
- Serve the dip with chips, crackers, and veggies as an appetizer, or enjoy it on a bagel or sandwich.
- Soften the cream cheese, so it’s easier to mix with the ranch dressing. Simply take the cream cheese out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour. You can also zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it quickly. Remove the packaging, put it in a microwave-safe bowl, and be careful not to melt it.
- Pat the chopped pickles dry with a paper towel to remove the excess moisture. This will prevent the dip from becoming watery.
- Let the dip rest in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours: This is optional, but it gives the ingredients time to mingle and will create a more flavorful dip.
- Add the toasted breadcrumbs right before servings: The breadcrumbs will soften once they are combined with the other ingredients. Fold them in the dip just before serving to enjoy the crunch for the best texture.
- Dress it up: I love to garnish and dress up my dips. If you do as well, feel free to sprinkle some toasted panko breadcrumbs, extra chopped pickles, and fresh dill on top of your dip.
Substitutions & variations
You can easily customize this fried pickle dip recipe to suit your preferences. Try a few of these substitutions and variations for your next batch!
- Pickles: You can mince up and toss any brand of pickles into this dip recipe. Just don’t forget to save the juice, too!
- Lighter dip: Want to cut some fat from this recipe? Opt for low-fat cream cheese or use Neufchatel, which contains 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese.
- Ranch seasoning + sour cream: Instead of bottled ranch dressing, use 1 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt and 1 package ranch seasoning (1 ounce).
- Celery salt: Swap regular salt for celery salt. It’s a fun way to add more herbal flavor to the dip.
- Herbs: Chives, parsley, and even basil are tasty alternatives or additions to dill.
- Green onion: Stir in some sliced green onion to enhance the pickle flavor.
- Jalapeno peppers: If you like spicy, add a few chopped jalapenos to kick up the heat.
- Everything Bagel seasoning: Adding some of this seasoning will produce a stronger onion and garlic flavor.
Fried pickle dip is perfect for serving at parties of any kind, but it’s also wonderful to keep in your fridge as a midday snack!
It’s delicious when served with chips, crackers, and veggies as an appetizer, or even smeared on a bagel in the morning. After all, there’s never a bad time to eat a pickle for real pickle lovers!
Pickle dip is also an excellent addition to any snack spread! You can bet I’m making this easy dip whenever I host a party.
Dill pickle chip dip tastes delish with any of your favorite dippers. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy it!
- Crudités: Serve it on a crudité platter with your favorite fresh veggies.
- Cucumber: The dip tastes great with fresh cucumber slices!
- Pickles: If you’re a super pickle fan, enjoy it as a dip for fried pickles, pickle spears, pickle slices, and spicy pickles.
- Crackers: Plate the dip with crackers, potato chips, bagel chips, breadsticks, and pretzels.
- Breakfast spread: Smear it on a toasted bagel in the morning.
- Sandwich: Get creative and use it for sandwiches and wraps. It tastes delicious in a cucumber sandwich!
Fried pickle dip can be made up to 2 days in advance.
For the best taste, I recommend making this dip at least 2 to 3 hours in advance so the ingredients can marry and meld.
Keep the dip tightly covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
And to ensure the breadcrumbs remain crunchy, stir them into the dip right before servings.
You can toast them, wait until they have cooled, and then store them airtight until it’s time to serve.
The dip will firm up in the fridge, so let it sit on the counter briefly before eating.
How to store fried pickle dip
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Just note that the breadcrumbs will soften and lose their crunch after a while.
Enjoy cold or at room temperature and give the dip a quick stir before serving.
Can you freeze fried dill pickle dip?
While you could technically freeze the dip, I don’t recommend it. Cream cheese and pickles change after freezing and thawing, and the texture of the dip will no longer be as smooth and creamy.
What is fried pickle dip?
Fried pickle dip is a rich, savory dip consisting of cream cheese, ranch dressing, chopped pickles, pickles juice, toasted breadcrumbs, and seasonings. It has a creamy texture with crispy bits and a tangy taste.
What types of pickles are best for fried ranch pickle dip?
Dill pickles are my first choice, but you can use bread-and-butter or sweet pickles for a sweeter aroma, half-sours for a more garlicky taste, or hot and spicy pickles for a spice flavor.
At what temperature should I serve pickle dip?
Serve the dip cool or at room temperature. Since the dip contains dairy, don’t leave it out for more than 2 hours.
If you’re a dip lover like me, homemade dips are your thing! Savory, sweet, creamy – it doesn’t matter as long as it’s dippable. Here are some more of my favorite dip recipes!
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- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup / 60 g / 2 oz panko breadcrumbs
- 8 oz / 225 g full-fat cream cheese
- 3/4 cup / 180 ml / 6 fl oz ranch dressing
- 1 cup / 150 g / 5.3 oz finely diced dill pickles
- 3 tbsp pickle juice
- 1 heaping tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
- Toast panko breadcrumbs. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the panko breadcrumbs and toast until the breadcrumbs are browned. Stir frequently to avoid burning. Set the toasted breadcrumbs aside to cool.
- Combine cream cheese and ranch dressing. Using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and ranch dressing until creamy and smooth.
- Fold in pickles. Next, fold in the diced dill pickles, chopped dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until everything is well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Tip 1: Pat the chopped pickles dry with a paper towel to remove the excess moisture. This will prevent the dip from becoming watery.
Tip 2: At this point, you can cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. For the best taste, I recommend chilling the dip for at least 2 hours so the ingredients can mingle and blend.
- Add toasted breadcrumbs. Stir in the breadcrumbs, reserving a few to put on top.
Tip 3: The breadcrumbs will soften once they are combined with the other ingredients. Fold them in the dip just before serving to enjoy the crunch for the best texture.
- Garnish. To garnish, sprinkle some toasted panko breadcrumbs, extra chopped pickles, and fresh dill on top of your dip.
- Serve. Serve the dip with chips, crackers, and veggies as an appetizer, or enjoy it on a bagel or sandwich.
- Store. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just note that the breadcrumbs will soften and lose their crunch after a while. Enjoy cold or at room temperature and give the dip a quick stir before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g