The Best Damned Fried Banana Peppers Ever

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe comes from my long time friend, Tracy. I really can not believe she shared it with me.....all this time, I thought she cast some magic spell over the frying pan to make them taste so good! Turns out it was just the saltine crackers! The mystery is over...... Do keep in mind, that this is NOT a "batter" recipe (if you love breading, you may want to try something else). The coating is light and crispy and you end up with more coverage on the 'interior' part of the pepper than the exterior. I think they are wonderful this way!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat vegetable oil in frying pan over medium heat.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together equal parts corn meal and crushed saltines.
  3. Prepare another shallow bowl of buttermilk.
  4. Dip banana peppers in buttermilk.
  5. Coat with cornmeal/cracker mixture.
  6. Fry in veg oil over medium heat until golden brown.
  7. Drain/cool slightly on paper towels.
  8. Enjoy alone or with cocktail sauce!
Most Helpful

I should have went with my first instinct. How in the world is anything going to stick on without egg ? Very vague direction. Worst recipe I have ever attempted

Vickie H. August 05, 2015

Our banana pepper plants in the garden are putting out peppers more quickly than I can find recipes. These were really pretty good. I didn't know exactly what they meant by slicing them lengthwise - as in, whether to slice through one side and leave the pepper whole, or to completely slice into two halves. I went with slicing them into halves. Dh and I loved them. The kids tolerated them, lol. It's not a batter-dip at all, but it just adds some crunch to the peppers. It was definitely good and worth making again. I served them with ranch dressing dip.

Luv2Cook/Hate2Clean:) July 19, 2010