Experience the delicious heat of our fried Jalapeno coated in flour and egg batter. Its crispy, golden-brown outer layer provides a satisfying crunch with every bite. These deep-fried jalapeños are perfect as appetizers or snacks for those who love spicy treats.
Why we'll love this recipe
- Quick and Easy: You won't believe how simple this fried jalapeno recipe is. All you need are some fresh jalapeños, a basic batter, and a hot pot of oil. You'll be munching in no time!
- Customizable Heat: Want it spicier? Leave in the seeds. Would you prefer a milder kick? Remove them. You're the chef; you decide!
- Versatile Serving Options: These fried jalapeños slices are not just for snacking. Use them as a topping for burgers, tacos, or even a spicy twist on your morning omelet.
- Great for Meal Prep: You can make a large batch and freeze them. They're ready to go whenever you need a quick appetizer or a spicy addition to your meal!
Jalapeños. Their spicy kick and vibrant green color make these fried jalapenos irresistible. If jalapeños are too hot for your taste, substitute them with Anaheim peppers for a milder experience.
All-purpose flour. Coats the jalapeños, giving them a perfect, crispy crust. Add cornstarch for extra crispiness.
Eggs. It is a binding agent to hold the flour and the jalapeno in place.
Paprika. It provides a subtle smokiness to the coating. And if you prefer more heat, you can also substitute with cayenne pepper to the mix.
Onion and garlic powder. It enhances the overall flavor.
Canola or vegetable oil. For frying the jalapeños to golden perfection.
Cornmeal(optional). Cornmeal adds a crunchy texture.
How to make it?
Heat the oil. Set your deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F (190°C). The correct temperature is vital for that perfect crunched fried jalapeno.
Prepare the jalapenos. Wash them thoroughly and slice them into rings. If you prefer the fried jalapeno as a milder snack, remove the seeds, but for extra heat, keep them in.
Make the batter. Add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. And combine.
Coat the jalapeno slices. To coat the jalapeño slices, dip them into the wet mix, then dredge them in the dry mixture, ensuring they are well-coated.
Add to oil. Carefully drop the spiced flour-coated jalapeños into the hot oil.
Deep fry. And deep fry them until they turn golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
Best to pair it with
Handhelds. From juicy burgers to melty grilled cheese sandwiches, Adding fried jalapeños can give an ordinary sandwich that delicious zing and crunch.
Mexican-inspired favorites. Whether it's tacos, nachos, or even a hearty burrito, these add a spicy layer that takes these classic dishes to a new level.
Meat. Imagine the smoky sweetness of BBQ ribs or the savory goodness of chicken wings with the spicy crunch of fried jalapeños. It is amazing.
Comfort Foods. Mac and cheese, loaded fries, pizza, or even a simple Caesar salad—these comfort foods get a gourmet upgrade when you sprinkle some fried jalapeños.
How to store
In the Refrigerator. Place the cooled jalapeños in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They'll stay good for up to 3 days, but they're best enjoyed sooner for that optimal crunch.
Freezer-Friendly. For more extended storage, lay the fried jalapeno on a baking sheet and freeze them individually. Then, transfer them to a zip-top bag. They can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Thawing Methods. If you've frozen your jalapeños, let them thaw in the fridge overnight. To make it quick, use the defrost setting on your microwave.
Reheating. The oven is your best friend here. Preheat it to 375°F and bake the jalapeños for about 10 minutes, or until they're crispy again. Avoid the microwave; it'll make them soggy.
Make ahead options. Make ahead options. Freeze uncooked jalapeños for a quick and easy snack.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
Start with jalapeno. Use fresh jalapeños that are firm, vibrant green, and blemish-free for the best flavor and crunch.
Adjust the heat. Control the spiciness of your deep-fried jalapeno by removing or retaining the seeds and veins. Want a milder experience? Remove them. Are you craving that fiery kick? Feel free to leave them in.
For better crispiness. Chill your batter mix for 15-20 minutes before dipping and frying to ensure a crispy crust.
Temperature is critical. Keep an eye on your oil's temperature throughout frying with a cooking thermometer to avoid burning or soggy jalapeños.
For an extra crunchy crust. Double batter your jalapeños. Just be sure not to overcrowd the pan while frying.
Different Jalapeños: Elevate your crispy fried jalapenos by cutting them in different shapes, like frying them as a whole, as think strips, and more.
Sweet and Spicy: Add a touch of brown sugar to your batter mix to balance out the heat and add complex flavors to each bite.
Herb-Infused Batter: Mix in finely chopped cilantro or parsley to your batter for a fresh, herby note that complements the spiciness beautifully.
Beer Batter: Swap milk for beer in your wet mix for a light, airy batter with a unique flavor profile.
Recommended tools for making this recipe
Deep fryer. Fry your jalapeños in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot.
Cooking thermometer. This ensures the perfect frying temperature.
Wire rack. Drain your fried jalapeños on a wire rack with a grid pattern for even draining and crispy results.
Frequently asked questions
Fried jalapeños provide a delightful mixture of textures and flavors, with a crispy exterior that gives way to juicy, fruity flesh and a spicy kick inside.
To get the batter to stick, dip the jalapeños in a wet mix of eggs and milk, followed by a dry mixture of flour, cornmeal, and spices. Again, the wet mixture and then the dry mix.
Frying mellows out the spiciness of jalapeños by breaking down some capsaicin. It makes them more approachable while still retaining a kick.