Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe Fried Pickles Recipe

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fried pickles

Looking to bring a taste of Disneyland home? There’s nothing quite like a fried pickle to add a little Disney magic to your summer dinners. And we have the recipe for Carnation Cafe’s signature deep-fried bites of tart, salty, crunchy pickles they’ve been serving since 2012. Also included is the recipe for their delicious house-made zesty dipping sauce.

Fried Pickles from Carnation Café from Disneyland Park
Makes 1 dozen

Zesty House Sauce

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons favorite Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 cup favorite ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Fried Pickles

  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16-ounce jar of dill pickle spears, about 12 pickles (should be uniform in size; cut in half widthwise, if necessary)

For Zesty House Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl, whisking well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

For Pickles:

  1. Using caution, pour oil into large skillet and heat to 365°F.
  2. Place flour in shallow dish.
  3. Whisk eggs until smooth in small mixing bowl. Transfer to another shallow dish.
  4. Mix panko and Parmesan cheese together in another shallow dish.
  5. Lightly dredge each pickle spear in flour.
  6. Add pickle to whisked eggs, tossing gently to coat.
  7. Add pickle to bread crumb mixture to coat.
  8. Place breaded pickle on tray and repeat steps until all pickles are breaded.
  9. Carefully place breaded pickles in skillet and fry until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with zesty house sauce.

Note: This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby.


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