fried pickles (gluten-free)

I had never heard of fried pickles until my friends in Portland, Maine took me to a place called Silly’s.  Silly’s has great sandwiches, but I was much more excited about the fried pickles and their Tahini milkshakes (soooo good).  The last time I was in Portland I had already found out that I could no longer eat wheat and I was very sad that I couldn’t have any fried pickles.

I had been managing nicely without fried pickles for quite some time now until I discovered McClure’s Pickles.  McClure’s is based in both Brooklyn and Detroit and they make what I consider to be the perfect garlic dill pickle.  My mouth waters thinking about these pickles.  For a while I was working near Stinky Brooklyn (an excellent cheese shop that carries these pickles) so I was able to refill on pickles regularly.  The last time I went to Stinky though, they were out of garlic dills.  I decided to try the spicy variety instead of the garlic dills.  They were excellent, but too spicy for me.  It made me sad to think of them sitting in the fridge uneaten.  I thought that I might make them into relish and then I remembered fried pickles. I fried the spicy McClure’s pickles in a gluten-free batter.  They were stupidly easy to make and really, really good.DSC05653

Even if you think that fried pickles sound gross, you should consider seeking out McClures pickles.  They are magical.  The garlic dill pickles just have cucumber, dill, garlic, salt and vinager…..but they magically become more delicious than those five ingredients should be.


  • McClures spicy pickles each sliced five times on a diagonal
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 part Bob’s red mill gluten-free flour mix to 3 parts cornmeal
  • mild cooking oil for frying (if you stick your finger n the pan it should be as deep as your first knuckle
  1. Heat the oil over a medium high flame.
  2. While the oil heats dry the pickles by placing them between two clean towels and pressing them.
  3. Dip a pickle slice in egg and then dredge with the cornmeal four mixture.  Place it in the hot oil and repeat with the other slices.
  4. Flip the pickles over so that they are golden on both sides.
  5. drain the pickles on a clean towel before eating them.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Katherine says:

    So can you get McClure’s pickles in other parts of the world? Like at Whole Foods, maybe?

    Wait, why am I asking this…I live around the corner from Silly’s!!! I am never going to make fried pickles at home (although the temptation of making something described as “stupidly easy” is always strong for me)!

  2. Katherine, I remember eating fried pickles with tahini milkshakes at Silly’s on that incredibly food-oriented visit we did to Main. Heeheehee

  3. Ya,

    Food oriented is right. Even by our standards that particular visit was gluttenous. I had meant to mention in this little essay that going to visit you people in Maine is a sure fire way for me to gain 5 pound in one long weekend. I think that portland is a great food city (at least when you know the people that I do). Katherine, you should order McClure’s pickles on line and just eat them not fried. They are so damn good…maybe whole foods carries them.


  4. Barbara says:

    I love these, stocked up on two jars and made them while down south on Folly and folks went nuts over them!

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