This delicious keto-friendly fried pickle dip is a creamy and tangy dip with a crunchy topping and the briny flavor of pickles, making it an irresistible combination for snack lovers. Whether you're tailgating, hosting a game day gathering or simply looking for a delicious keto-friendly appetizer, this fried pickle dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Costco have a fried pickle dip but uses toasted Panko breadcrumbs which are too high in carbs for a keto-friendly dip. By simply using a low carb and gluten-free alternative, you have a great dip to enjoy.
This creamy dip is "dillatastic" and is very tempting to enjoy it all to yourself in one sitting. It has all the taste of fried pickles in a dip.
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Carbs in pickles
The number of carbs in pickles can vary depending on the type and preparation of the pickles. However, in general:
- Dill pickles (typically sour or kosher dill): One medium-sized dill pickle (about 4 inches long) typically contains approximately 1-2 grams of carbohydrates.
- Sweet pickles: Sweet pickles tend to have higher carbohydrate content due to added sugar. One medium-sized sweet pickle can contain around 5-7 grams of carbohydrates.
- Bread and butter pickles: These are sweet and typically have a similar carbohydrate content to sweet pickles, with approximately 5-7 grams of carbs per medium-sized pickle.
- Pickle spears or slices: The carbohydrate content can vary depending on the brand and preparation, but on average, one pickle spear or slice may contain around 1-2 grams of carbohydrates.
Feel free to add your own flourish to this dip and change the ingredients.
- Cream cheese - softened for easy mixing.
- Sour cream - Greek yogurt could be substituted.
- Dill pickles & juice - chopped finely.
- Ranch seasoning- we use a packet but you could use homemade.
- Chives - Adds a fleck of color.
- Onion powder - perhaps caramelized onions could be added for a richer onion flavor.
- Garlic - we use fresh but garlic powder can be substituted.
- Keto Panko Breadcrumbs - we make our own with almond flour (recipe in the recipe card below) but pork rinds would make a tasty topping too. Or use a low carb bread to make breadcrumbs.
- Butter - the breadcrumbs are cooked in butter for extra flavor.
- Dill - fresh dill is a must but dried could be used in emergencies.
How to make fried pickle dip
This is an easy dip recipe to make that can be prepared ahead for the flavors to develop.
Fry the keto panko breadcrumbs in butter.
Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and seasonings.
Fold in the chopped pickles and dill
Serve topped with the keto breadcrumbs.
For the dip, use dill pickles, as they have a briny and tangy flavor that pairs well with the creamy dip. Check the labels to make sure they are low-carb or sugar-free.
You can adjust the thickness of the dip by adding more or less sour cream. If you want it thicker, use more sour cream; for a thinner consistency, use less.
Seasonings can vary in intensity, so taste the dip as you mix it and adjust the seasonings to your liking. If you prefer it tangier, add more pickle juice; for extra spice, consider adding a dash of hot sauce or a chopped jalapeño or two.
Refrigerating the dip for at least 30 minutes before serving allows the flavors to meld together and develop a richer taste.
Fried pickle dip should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Any leftovers should be consumed within 3-5 days of preparation.
Before serving any leftover dip, give it a good stir to re-incorporate any separated ingredients and to ensure it has a consistent texture and flavor.
What to serve with keto fried pickle dip
Fried pickle dip is a delicious and tangy condiment that pairs well with a variety of snacks and appetizers. Here are some ideas for what you can serve with fried pickle dip:
- Fried Pickles: Of course, the classic pairing is to serve the dip with crispy fried pickles. The creamy dip complements the crunchy texture and tangy flavor of the pickles perfectly.
- Vegetable Sticks: Serve the dip with an assortment of fresh vegetable sticks such as celery, cucumber and bell pepper. This adds a healthy and crunchy option to balance out the indulgence.
- Chicken Wings: Fried pickle dip makes an excellent dipping sauce for chicken wings. The combination of flavors works particularly well with classic buffalo wings or any other style of chicken wing you prefer.
- Mozzarella Sticks: Pair the dip with mozzarella sticks for a delightful combination of cheesy and tangy flavors.
- Cauliflower Bites: Roasted or air-fried cauliflower florets can be served with fried pickle dip for a tasty and healthier alternative to traditional fried snacks.
- Cheese Crisps: Cheese crisps or cheese crackers (baked or fried cheese slices) work well with this dip. The creaminess of the dip complements the cheesy flavor.
- Zucchini Fries: Zucchini fries can be served with the dip for a tasty and crispy treat.
- Keto-Friendly Chips: There are various keto-friendly chips available on the market, such as pork rinds, cheese crisps, or almond flour crackers. These can be paired with the dip for a satisfying snack.
- Burger or Sandwich Spread: Use the dip as a condiment for burgers, sandwiches, or wraps to add a tangy kick to your meal.
- Salad Dressing: You can also use fried pickle dip as a dressing for salads, especially those with a mix of greens and protein like chicken or turkey.
Fried Pickle Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 oz ranch seasoning, packet
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dill pickles, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice
- 1 tablespoon chive, chopped
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Keto Panko Breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons almond flour
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon butter
Make the keto breadcrumbs
- Mix the almond flour, avocado oil, egg and baking powder in a microwave safe bowl or dish.
- Microwave for 4 minutes 30 seconds until the mixture has hardened.
- Place the hardened almond fluor mixture into a zip lock bag and gently crush into chunky crumbs by hand.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet on a medium heat and add the keto breadcrumbs. Saute until the crumbs are golden and set aside to cool.
Make the Dip
- In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
- Add the garlic, ranch dressing, pickle juice, onion powder, chives, salt and pepper. Blend well.
- Blot the chopped pickles with a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture.
- Fold in the chopped picked and fresh dill into the dip.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill for the flavors to develop.
- Spoon the dip into a serving dish and top with the keto breadcrumbs. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.