This fried pickle dip has all the flavors of a fried pickle but in dip form! It's salty, tangy, savory, and super delicious. Eat it with potato chips, crackers, or veggies. We make it with a mixture of cream cheese and plain greek yogurt, so it's super creamy but has a healthy element too.
Why We Love This Dip
- It's easy: This dip comes together in less than 20 minutes and only requires a few simple steps. It's way easier than frying pickles. It's great for holiday gatherings (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Super Bowl Sunday, etc.) because it's so simple!
- It's delicious: This dip is foolproof and so addicting. You'll keep going back to it for more. Even people who don't like pickles have raved about this dip.
- It's light-ish: Ok, maybe it's not actually super light, but the inclusion of greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayonnaise makes this FEEL lighter and healthier. Just go with it.
Looking for more great pickle dip recipes? Try our spicy dill pickle dip (it's like this one but with cheese, bacon, and jalapeños!).
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Regular or Low-Fat Cream Cheese: Both work. I honestly can't tell the difference between regular and low-fat in this recipe.
Plain Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt: You can substitute sour cream if you prefer, but I promise this dip doesn't taste like yogurt at all.
Ranch Dressing Mix: Any brand works—we just used a store brand ranch mix. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix is always a good go-to if you're unsure. You're looking for the powdered seasoning—not liquid ranch dressing.
Kosher Dill Pickles: You can substitute regular dill pickles if you prefer, but kosher dill pickles include garlic and have so much more flavor (in my opinion).
Panko Breadcrumbs: I don't recommend substituting the panko with regular breadcrumbs—they're not crispy enough. If you want to make a substitution, try crushed up Ritz crackers instead.
See recipe card for full ingredient list and amounts.
Step 1: Add cream cheese, greek yogurt, fresh dill, pickles, and ranch seasoning to a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine panko, ground cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
Step 3: Melt the butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Add the panko mixture to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the panko is coated in the melted butter and lightly toasted, a couple of minutes.
Step 4: Add half of the panko mixture to the dip and mix until well combined. Then transfer it to a serving bowl, top with the remainder of the panko, and serve!
This dip would be great served with:
- Plain potato chips
- Dill pickle potato chips
- Tortilla chips
- Carrot sticks
- Radish chips
- Celery sticks
- Bell pepper slices
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Fresh dill isn't as strong as dried dill, so 1 tablespoon of fresh dill = 1 teaspoon of dried dill. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, so substitute 2 teaspoons of dried dill.
Yes. To make this dip ahead of time, follow the first 3 steps. Then cover the cream cheese mixture and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store the panko mixture in an air-tight container. When ready to serve, follow step 4.
We serve this dip with wavy potato chips. It would also be great with crackers or cut veggies (carrots, peppers, or celery would be great). For more suggestions, see the "Serving ideas" section above.