These fried jalapeno slices are super crispy, seasoned perfectly, and deep-fried to crispy perfection and make a great appetizer that tastes amazing especially when dipped in ranch dressing.
Do you love spicy food? Oh, good. Do you also love fried food? That’s even better because I’m sharing my recipe for fried jalapeno slices today! These battered, fried discs of heat and flavor are the perfect side or appetizer, and they’re super easy to make, too. Bonus! Unlike many of my recipes, this is one that I only started making recently, but I’m no less in love with it than my long-time favorites. I love spicy food, and I’ve always been a fan of anything fried. When you put those two together, you get this recipe for a delicious, flavorful fried treat that’s perfect as an appetizer or as a side with any of your favorite foods.
Fried Jalapeno Slices
These delicious fried discs are loaded with flavor and have an amazing coating that fries up so golden and crispy every time. I love these fried jalapeno slices because they’re so versatile. I use them like chips for dipping or with sandwiches, and I love to serve them with barbecue and grilled food and my other fried favorites like chops or chicken. Also, I love to serve these with tacos, fajitas, and all of my other favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes.
Why You’ll Love These Fried Jalapeno Slices
- The combination of flavors is irresistible with the crispy batter, the juicy jalapeno, and the heat from the peppers creates a flavor profile that is absolutely delicious and addictive.
- They are easy to make and only need a few simple ingredients which are easily found at the local grocery store.
- They are versatile and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or added to salads, sandwiches, or as a snack with ranch dressing.
- These easy-to-make crispy fried jalapeno slices are the perfect appetizer for your next game day get-together, party, or family gathering.
Fried Jalapeño Slices Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these tasty fried treats, and you’ll find everything easily at your local grocery store.
- Jalapeno peppers are the star of the show. They are spicy and full of flavor. If you are wanting a milder flavor, be sure to remove the seeds and ribs.
- All-purpose flour is used to coat the jalapeno slices and helps keep them from getting soggy.
- Panko bread crumbs are larger than regular bread crumbs and give them a more crispy and crunchy coating when fried.
- Tempura is added with the bread crumbs for which helps stick to the jalapeno slices.
- Garlic salt adds a savory flavor to the coating.
- Slap Ya Mama® seasoning is a Cajun seasoning blend that adds a bold and flavorful kick to the fried jalapenos.
- Ground black pepper is a classic seasoning that adds a little heat and flavor.
- Crushed red peppers also add a bit of heat and spice to the fried jalapenos.
- Buttermilk gives the fried jalapenos a tangy and flavorful coating.
- Large egg is used to bind the ingredients together in the batter.
- Vegetable oil is the most common oil used for frying and has a high smoke point, which means it can be heated to a high temperature without burning.
How to Make Fried Jalapeno Slices
There’s really nothing to making this recipe, and even beginners can do it. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!
Step 1: Make the Dredging Station
Add flour to one shallow bowl. To another, add the whisked buttermilk and egg. Then, add bread crumbs, tempura, garlic salt, Cajun seasoning, pepper, and crushed red peppers to the third bowl.
Step 2: Coat the Jalapeno Slices
Coat a small handful of sliced jalapenos in the flour. Then, shake of the excess and place them in the buttermilk mixture. Finally, use a slotted spoon to remove the slices from the buttermilk mixture and add them to the breadcrumb mixture, carefully rotating to coat.
Step 3: Fry
Preheat oil in a skillet or electric fryer to 375 degrees. Then, carefully add the jalapenos and fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until all the jalapenos are fried. Serve with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce!
- Carefully shake off the excess coating at each dredging bowl to avoid too much batter on the jalapenos.
- Don’t crowd your skillet or fryer. The slices need plenty of room to cook and to help keep the oil hot.
- Let the fried jalapeno slices cool a bit before serving so the coating can get as crisp as possible.
- Using a one cup measuring cup, combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and add buttermilk to fill one cup to make your own buttermilk if you don’t have any.
- Always wash your hands after handling hot peppers and never touch your face.
- Leave your jalapenos whole, stuff them with jalapeno popper filling, and coat the entire thing before frying to make deep-fried jalapeno poppers.
What to Serve with Deep Fried Jalapeno Slices
These delicious fried jalapeno slices are perfect for dipping, appetizers, or sides. They’re so versatile and go with almost anything. Try serving them with:
- BBQ sauce
- Ranch dressing
- Your favorite dipping sauce
- BBQ pork, beef, or chicken
- Fried pork, beef, or chicken
- Your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes
How to deep fry jalapeno slices?
Jalapeno slices are fried just like anything else. Dredge them or dip them in your favorite batter. Then, fry them in hot oil (375 degrees) until crispy and golden.
Does cooking jalapeno peppers make them milder?
It can. Roasting jalapenos can make them milder. However, cooking them in a dish can make the entire dish feel hotter overall because the juices from the peppers permeate the dish.
How do you get batter to stick to jalapenos?
The best way to get batter to stick to jalapenos is to use a dredge. By dredging them in flour first and then in buttermilk, you’ll create a thin, paste-like layer. The final coating of breadcrumbs will stick to that pasty layer.
Can you make fried jalapenos in the air fryer?
Fried jalapenos are great in the air fryer. Prepare the jalapenos as directed, then place them in the air fryer and cook for 3 to 6 minutes at 390 degrees, shaking halfway through the cook time.
Can you freeze leftover crispy fried jalapenos?
You sure can. These fried jalapeno slices will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Fried Jalapeno Slices
Store these in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months.
To reheat them, air fry them at 400 degrees for about 3 minutes.
Try This Delicious Fried Jalapeno Slices Recipe Today
This easy, delicious fried jalapeno slices recipe is so easy and so full of flavor. It’s a great recipe for an appetizer, snack, or side, and everyone always wants more! With something so easy and so delicious, you have to give it a try! Make them just once, and I know you’ll find yourself looking for reasons to make these fried jalapeno slices again and again.
More Delicious Appetizer Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Jalapeño Cheese Bites – Loaded with three types of cheese, these deep fried cheese bites are crispy on the outside and ooey, gooey, cheesy on the inside.
Jalapeño Popper Pigs in a Blanket – Two favorites appetizers, jalapeno poppers and pigs in a blanket, combined into one super appetizer recipe that will have your guest requesting them over and over.
Jalapeno Cheddar Monkey Bread – An easy cheese bread with diced jalapenos made into a monkey bread recipe that is absolutely delicious.
And, here are some Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, that you will enjoy as well.
Fried Jalapeno Slices
- Heat oil to 375° in a frying pan or an electric skillet.
- Using 3 shallow containers: place flour in the first one; buttermilk and egg whisked together in the second; bread crumbs, tempura, garlic salt, Cajun seasoning, pepper and crushed red peppers in the third.
- Take a small handful of sliced jalapeños and place in flour. Coat with flour, shake off excess and then place in buttermilk mixture.
- Next, using a slotted spoon, take jalapeños from buttermilk mixture and transfer to bread crumb mixture to coat.
- Carefully place sliced jalapeños into hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and place jalapeños on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat the process until all jalapeños have been deep fried.
- Enjoy with Ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
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