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Enjoy all the flavors of classic fried pickles, in dip form, with this creamy Fried Pickle Dip. This creamy dip is made with sour cream, cream cheese, lots of dill pickles, and ranch seasoning. The “fried” part comes from the butter toasted Panko breadcrumbs!
Fried Dill Pickle Dip Recipe
If you’re looking for a creamy dip that’s perfect for game day, football season watch party, or you just need some new favorite snacks to munch on – then this fried pickle dip is just what you need.
This creamy dip starts with a base of sour cream + cream cheese, and then it has additional mix-ins to give it that “fried pickle’ flavor like old bay seasoned toasted breadcrumbs, juicy pickles, fresh dill, fresh lemon juice, dill pickle juice, and ranch seasoning mix.
We love this dip served alongside an assortment of dipping options like wavy potato chips (probably our favorite), crackers, fresh veggie sticks, pita chips, or tortilla chips.
Ingredients Needed To Make This Crowd-Pleasing Dip
- Butter : The ‘fried’ part of this recipe comes from the buttered Panko breadcrumbs that resemble and give the same crunch texture as the fried coating on the outside of a fried dill pickle.
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Sour Cream : For the best creamy thick texture, and taste, I always recommend using full-fat sour cream. Of course, lite or fat-free can be used but it is thinner so the dip may not be as thick and extra creamy.
- Cream Cheese : Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature to avoid lumps in the dip mixture. I also recommend using full-fat cream cheese.
- Packet of Ranch Seasoning Mix : This is also referred to as a packet of ranch dressing mix. No need to prepare it according to the package directions. We only want to use the dry powder inside the packet.
- Dill Pickle Juice : Grab some from the jar of pickles.
- Lemon Juice : Fresh squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice can be used.
- Chopped Fresh Dill : If using dried dill you only need 1 teaspoon of it.
- Chopped Dill Pickles
How To Make Creamy Cheesy Fried Pickle Dip (Detailed Instructions & Recipe Card Below)
In a small sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix together the Panko breadcrumbs and old bay seasoning. Add the Panko mixture into the melted butter and stir until it’s coated.
Continue cooking, while stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until the mixture is golden brown. Remove from the heat and set the pan aside to cool completely while you prepare the dip.
In a medium bowl, add the sour cream, cream cheese, ranch seasoning mix packet, pickle juice, and lemon juice. Mix with an electric hand mixer until combined, smooth, and lump-free.
Stir in the chopped fresh dill (or dried dill) and the chopped pickles and stir gently until combined.
Place the dip inside a serving bowl and garnish with the cooled down toasted Panko crumbs, additional chopped dill pickles, and additional dill (if wanted). Serve with wavy potato chips, kettle chips, tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, veggie sticks, or pretzel crisps.
Can I Make Creamy Pickle Dip Ahead of Time?
Yes you can make this dip ahead of time with one change. Prepare the dip as directed and cover the mixing bowl with a lid or plastic wrap – let it refrigerate until you’re ready to serve it. Do not prepare or add the toasted Panko crumbs until right before serving.
I actually love this tangy dip with fresh pickles served chilled from the fridge, so I prefer making the dip ahead of time and then topping it with the toasted breadcrumbs right before serving it.
How To Store Leftovers
Store any leftover dip inside an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. The toasted Panko crumb topping will not keep well in the fridge because it softens, which won’t affect the taste of the leftover dip, but the texture will be different. The dip is best served immediately after topping it with the toasted Panko breadcrumb topping.
- Whole Milk Greek Yogurt : Replace the sour cream with a healthier alternative like plain Greek yogurt. I recommend using full-fat whole milk yogurt as it’s thicker and richer, which will result in a better tasting dip.
- Cream Cheese : I prefer using original full fat cream cheese but the reduced-fat cream cheese works great as well.
- Additional Seasonings : I think the old bay seasoning is perfect for the “fried” topping but feel free to add in additional seasonings like onion powder, fresh garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes, etc.
More Delicious Dip Recipes To Try
- Taco Dip
- Easy Million Dollar Dip Recipe
- Fiesta Ranch Dip
- White Queso Dip
- 3 Ingredients Chili Cheese Dip
- Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Apple Dip
- Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Vegetable Ranch Dip
Fried Pickle Dip
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
Creamy Pickle Dip
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 bar (8 oz) cream cheese room temperature
- 1 packet ranch dressing & seasoning mix
- 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
- In a small skillet pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix together the Panko breadcrumbs and old bay seasoning. Add the Panko mixture into the melted butter and stir until it's coated.2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
- Continue cooking, while stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until the mixture is golden brown. Remove from the heat and set the pan aside to cool completely while you prepare the dip.
- In a medium bowl, add the sour cream, cream cheese, ranch seasoning mix packet, pickle juice, and lemon juice. Mix with an electric hand mixer until combined, smooth, and lump-free.1 cup sour cream, 1 bar (8 oz) cream cheese, 1 packet ranch dressing & seasoning mix, 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Stir in the chopped pickles and the fresh dill (or dried dill) until combined.1 cup chopped dill pickles, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- Place the dip inside a serving bowl and garnish with the cooled toasted Panko crumbs, additional chopped dill pickles, and additional dill (if wanted). Serve with wavy potato chips, kettle chips, tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, veggie sticks, or pretzel crisps.