Most of my readers know that I like adding jalapenos to recipes if there is any way to do it and the recipe still taste good! Now I have started making Fried Jalapenos! This is my favorite appetizer to get at Red Robin when we eat there. I figured it was time I try making them at home!
My brother recently let me know his garden was producing a ton of jalapenos and I was welcome to as many as I wanted! What better time to experiment then when I have an unlimited supply of peppers!
This ended up being MUCH easier than I thought it would be and these will be showing up on our table a lot from now on!!
The biggest challenge that I had with this recipe was the batter for the peppers. Almost all the batter recipes I found called for beer…we don't drink and I didn't see where you could buy one beer anywhere I shop so…I did some research and came up with an alternative!! Yes for substitutions that actually work!!
Batter for Fried Jalapenos
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup Sparkling or Soda water
Wisk all of these ingredients together in a bowl for the batter.
How to Make Fried Jalapenos
First you will take your jalapeno peppers and cut them into 1/2 inch or thinner slices. I took the time to rinse each slice and remove the seeds to decrease the heat effect of the pepper. This is optional….if you can take the heat, lol! I then dried the sliced peppers on a paper towel.
Cutting and cleaning the peppers is the most time-consuming part of this dish. I felt it was worth it, though! Next you will mix up your batter using the recipe above. I just dumped all my peppers into the batter and stirred them around to cover each pepper well with the batter.
Now the last part is where it can get tricky. Frying foods can be a nightmare. I have never had a lot of luck frying foods in a skillet. I decided to get a deep fryer and am SO GLAD I DID!! I absolutely LOVE my new fryer and think it was well worth the cost (which really wasn't too much)! I bought a Presto Cooldaddy 6 Cup Elite Deep Fryer at Walmart and it was just under $35. One reason this cooker is so awesome is that you can keep the lid closed during cooking to prevent splatter. It also has a basket that makes cooking much easier. The basket can be raised while the lid is still closed to drain!! The oil basket is also removable for easy cleaning. This deep fryer really made the frying experience mess free!!
I would recommend cooking your Fried Jalapenos in a deep fryer. Make sure your oil is nice and hot…around 365 degree F. You want to cook the battered peppers until they are nice and brown. If you under cook these, the peppers will be crunchy and they won't be nearly as good. It took about 5 minutes or so to get these golden brown and they were perfect!!
If you want individual peppers you will have to carefully put them into the fryer one at a time. I did this for a little while…then I got lazy and put a whole spoonful into the fryer at the same time. It worked fine, they just cooked in a clump and came out in a clump…still tasted amazing!
Have you ever made Fried Jalapenos? How do you cook yours?
Slice jalapeno peppers into 1/2 inch or thinner slices.
Wash and remove seeds if desired, dry on paper towel.
Mix together all other ingredients in a bowl (except oil) for batter.
Add jalapenos to the batter mixture and stir to coat all slices.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or skillet. Oil needs to be hot, around 365 degrees F.
Add peppers to oil and cook until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes or so.
Drain on a paper towel after removing from oil.
Adapted from All Recipes