For a tangy, salty, delicious snack, Air Fryer Fried Pickles do the trick. These dill slices are coated in a flour and egg wash breading and fried to crispy perfection. They make the perfect grab-and-go bites!
Say goodbye to regular pickles and hello to their crispy, crunchy, tangy, salty, upgrade with this pickle recipe! Because why eat regular slices of dill pickles when you can eat fried pickles?
Seriously, though. These air fryer fried pickles are my new favorite snack. They’re perfect for those moments where regular chips won’t satisfy a salty craving. They’re bite sized and absolutely delicious when paired with dipping sauces!
Since they only require 20 minutes to make, I like to fry these up when I need a quick snack to munch on or want something to eat during my Netflix binge!
Here’s what you’ll need
These air fryer fried pickles require just 8 easy to find ingredients.
- Dill Pickle Slices: One 16-oz jar should contain the perfect amount of dill pickle slices for this recipe.
- All-Purpose Flour: We will use all-purpose flour to help the panko breadcrumbs stick to the pickles.
- Egg: Whisked eggs are the glue holding the breading on the pickles.
- Panko Breadcrumbs: Panko, as opposed to regular breadcrumbs, are nicer here. They’re light and crispy, making for an air fried pickle that better resembles a deep fried pickle.
- Seasonings: Dill, garlic powder, and black pepper add extra flavor!
- Optional Cheese: Feeling cheesy? Add some grated parmesan into the breading.
How to make air fryer fried pickles
Only four steps are needed to make this recipe, making it a relatively quick and easy snack to prepare. All you’ll need are a few paper towels, three shallow bowls, a large plate, and your air fryer!
- Dry the pickles: Strain the pickles from the juice and lay them in a single layer on a few layers of paper towels. Then, pat them dry.
- Prep your station: Place flour in a shallow bowl. Whisk the egg in another shallow bowl. Combine the panko and seasonings (and the optional cheese) in a separate shallow bowl. Set a large plate at the end.
- Dredge the pickles: Working in small batches, coat each pickle lightly in flour, then egg, then panko. Next, set the coated pickles on the plate until you’re finished coating them all.
- Cook the pickles: Transfer the pickles to the air fryer, arranging them in a single layer (you may need to work in batches). Air fry the pickles at 375°F (190°C) for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Finally, taste and sprinkle them with salt if needed before serving hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
How to serve air fryer pickles
Once your fried pickles are nice and crispy and ready to enjoy, I recommend serving them with a dipping sauce (or a few)! You can use your favorite, or try one of these homemade options. Trust me, they’ll all taste absolutely savory when paired with this pickle snack.
- Healthy French Onion Dip: This delicious recipe is a tangy blend of onions, olive oil, salt, garlic, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.
- Vegetarian Buffalo Dip: To make this spicy blend, you’ll need king oyster mushrooms, cream and cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and of course, buffalo sauce!
- Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip: Everyone loves a great spinach dip! This one is made with Greek yogurt, parmesan, mozzarella, spinach, artichoke hearts, and garlic (you can also add jalapeños).
- Avocado Dipping Sauce: I absolutely love this sauce that can be used for dipping pickles! It uses avocado, lime juice, garlic, parsley, jalapeño, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper.
Tips for making fried pickles
Not browning? If you notice that your pickles aren’t browning or turning golden, try spritzing them with a sprayable cooking oil on both sides. You can also try lightly brushing them with olive oil and continue cooking for a few minutes.
Baking the pickles: If you’d like to make your pickles in the oven instead of an air fryer, simply bake them at 425°F (218°C) for 10 to 15 minutes.
Using different pickles: I recommend using dill pickles in this recipe. If you have a different kind on hand (such as bread and butter) you can try them. However, I have not tested that method and cannot confirm whether they taste as they should.
Reheating fried pickles: The great thing about this recipe is that the leftovers do last! Some fried recipes should be eaten right after cooking, but air fryer pickles tend to keep their delicious flavor even a day or two later. Store extra pickles in the fridge, and reheat them in the air fryer (on 375°F or 190°C) for a few minutes prior to eating.
Try these air fryer recipes too!
If you liked air fryer pickles, you’ll love my other air fryer recipes too! Each recipe includes as few ingredients as possible. They’re all cooked using an air fryer rather than traditional frying methods to serve as healthier satisfying snacks!
- 1 cup dill pickle slices about 1 16-oz jar, 450 g
- ½ cup all-purpose flour 50 g
- 1 large egg whisked
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 90 g
- 1 Tbsp dried dill
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ cup grated parmesan optional
- Dry Pickles: Strain pickles from juice and lay in a single layer on a few layers of paper towels. Pat them dry well.
- Prep Station: Place flour in a shallow bowl. Whisk egg in another shallow bowl. Combine panko and seasonings (+ optional cheese) in a separate shallow bowl. Set a large plate at the end.
- Dredge: Working in small batches, coat each pickle lightly in flour, then egg, then panko. Set coated pickles on the plate until you're finished coating them all.
- Cook: Transfer pickles to your air fryer, arranging them in a single layer (you may need to work in batches). Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown* and crispy. Taste and sprinkle with salt if needed before serving hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Tips & Tricks
- *Not browning? If you notice your fried pickles aren’t turning nice and golden, spritz them with sprayable cooking oil on both sides (or lightly brush them with olive oil) and continue cooking for a few minutes.
- Make fried onions in the oven by baking them at 425°F (218°C) for 10 to 15 minutes.