This rich and creamy fried pickle ranch dip is perfect for a pickle lover! It has a bold dill flavor, zesty Ranch, and a little crunch.
If you’re an avid Costco shopper, then you’ve probably seen the viral fried pickle and ranch dip they carry. It’s creamy, dilly, and full of pickles. If you love fried pickles or pickles in general, you’ll love this dip.
And if you aren’t a Costco member, don’t worry! You can make a copycat of this dip at home! It takes less than 20 minutes. The result is a delicious dip full of dill, pickles, and a little crunch.
What You’ll Love About This Dip
If you love pickles, specifically fried pickles, then this is the dip for you! It is full of chopped pickles and fresh dill. This fried pickle dip’s “fried” part comes from toasted Panko crumbs. They had the perfect extra crunch to the dip. Usually, fried pickles come with a side of Ranch. This dip has the Ranch flavor mixed right in! It’s zesty, creamy, and sour.
Ingredients You Need
- Whipped cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Ranch seasoning
- Dill pickles
- Pickle juice
- Panko bread crumbs (toasted)
- Lemon juice
- Fresh dill
How to Make Fried Pickle Ranch Dip
This dip is simple to make and only takes a few minutes to whip up! It’s perfect for a last-minute get-together. Or a quick snack on a busy weekend.
In a small skillet, heat the Panko bread crumbs on medium-low heat. Stir frequently to keep the breadcrumbs from burning! Remove them from the heat once they reach a golden-brown color. As long as you stir the breadcrumbs often, you shouldn’t need any butter or oil in your skillet.
Next, whip six ounces of cream cheese using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Or, make things even easier and purchase pre-whipped cream cheese at the grocery store.
Why Use Whipped Cream Cheese?
Whipping adds air pockets to the cream cheese. This gives it a lighter and airier texture. Whipping the cream cheese makes it easier to stir. And it makes the dip creamier overall.
Then, add the cream cheese and sour cream to a bowl and stir to combine. Use a rubber spatula or spoon to stir. This should be easier since the cream cheese is whipped.
Next, add the Ranch seasoning. Stir to combine. Don’t leave any dry spots of seasoning.
Then, add a cup of chopped pickles. You can use any kind of dill pickle. Spears, whole, halves, chips, it doesn’t matter! Add the minced garlic, pickle juice, and lemon juice as well. Stir until well incorporated.
Why Add Pickle Juice?
Pickle juice is full of flavor, so adding an extra splash to this fried pickle dip helps bring out that flavor. The dip doesn’t contain any vinegar, except for the pickle juice. Since vinegar is a key component of pickles, it’s a great addition. Also, I’m one of those people that finds pickle juice delicious!
Then add fresh dill. The fresh dill is really what sets this dip over the top. It is fragrant and delicious. Fresh dill doesn’t taste as strong as dried dill. So it has a more subtle taste. It’s not overpowering.
Finally, mix in the Panko crumbs. Set a small amount aside as garnish. Stir the toasted crumbs into the dip until well-coated.
Transfer everything into a serving bowl. Then sprinkle some Panko crumbs, fresh dill, and pickles over the top of the dip. I also added a fried pickle topping. Fresh Gourmet makes Crispy Dillies. They are little pickle-flavored crispy pieces. PERFECT for this dip!
What to Serve With Fried Pickle Ranch Dip
Fried pickle ranch dip pairs best with a salty and crunch chip. Personally, I’d use a thicker chip. Like the kind with ridges. It holds up best for dipping! Here are several other ideas:
- Ridged potato chips
- Pickle-flavored potato chips
- Pretzel chips
- Bagel chips
How to Store This Dip
Store fried pickle dip in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep in mind that the Panko crumbs, or any crispy toppings, will lose their crunch in the fridge. The dip will still be delicious. It just won’t have that crunch.
Can I Make Fried Pickle Ranch Dip in Advance?
Absolutely! One of the best things about a cold dip is that they are great for preparing in advance! The flavors have longer to meld together too. So it will taste better! The only thing I recommend is waiting to add the Panko breadcrumbs. Add those as close to serving as possible. That way they are still fresh and crunchy!
Other Delicious Dip Recipes
If you love this dip recipe, try these other delicious creamy cold dips!
Fried Pickle Ranch Dip
- hand or stand mixer
- 6 oz whipped cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 tbsp Ranch seasoning
- 1 cup Pickles diced
- 2 tsp garlic
- 2 tbsp fresh dill
- 1 tbsp pickle juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs toasted
- In a small skillet, heat the Panko bread crumbs on medium-low heat. Stir frequently. Remove from heat once they reach a golden-brown color.
- Whip six ounces of cream cheese using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Add cream cheese and sour cream to a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add Ranch seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Add diced pickles, garlic, lemon juice, pickle juice, and fresh dill. Stir to combine.
- Add toasted Panko bread crumbs. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with more diced pickles, dill, and bread crumbs.
- Serve in a small serving bowl with thick chips.
This dip looks delicious, I wish I had some right now! 🙂
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