Air Fried Pickles

Crispy, crunchy and full of the salty pickle flavor, these air fried pickles are the perfect quick appetizer to whip up for your guests or to make for yourself when you’re hit by a craving. 

air fried pickles in a white bowl with fresh dill

But before you jump right into the recipe, here’s a bit more that you should know about making it. 

What Are Air Fried Pickles?

Air fried pickles are actually a healthier way to enjoy your favorite pickles, as opposed to the deep fried version. They are a great savory and crunchy snack to whip up when you don’t have a lot of time.

Why We Love These Air Fried Pickles

These air fried pickles are a fun and interesting way to put those extra pickles to use, or enjoy them in a unique way. With this recipe, you’ll also be able to enjoy the crunchiness from the air frying process.

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a white bowl of air fried pickles with a white air fryer in the background

Can I Prep the Air Fried Pickles in Advance?

You actually can! The breadcrumb mixture for the pickles can be made days in advance, if not weeks. You can store it in an airtight container and use it whenever needed. In fact, it can also be used as a flavorful coating for any other fried appetizer you’re planning to make. 

What Can I Use Instead of Egg?

Egg makes for a splendid coating for the air fried pickles. If you’re trying to keep it vegan, you can use a simple slurry made of all purpose flour and water, such that the batter is thick enough to coat the pickles. 

Want to make your air fried pickles even more crispy? Use a bit of rice flour along with the all purpose flour to get that crunch factor. 

overhead image of stacked fried pickles made in an air fryer with a white and blue napkin

What Other Seasonings Can I Use?

One of the best things about this recipe is the fact that it is actually pretty versatile- you can use the seasonings of your choice based on your personal preference. A pinch or two of garlic powder really adds an extra layer of flavor and deliciousness to the pickles. 

And if you love that kick of spice, some cayenne pepper should be a wonderful addition to the coating mixture. 

How Do I Store & Reheat the Leftovers?

Got any leftovers? You can pop them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for upto 2 days. Then, when you plan to have them, just get them out, reheat them in the air fryer and enjoy! You can also choose to reheat them in the microwave, but remember that they won’t retain the same crispiness they originally had. 

Tips to Make the Air Fried Pickles

While making the air fried pickles is a pretty straightforward process, you might benefit from keeping these little tips and tricks up your sleeve. 

  • Panko breadcrumbs are the perfect coating for the pickles, but if you want to keep it a bit healthier, you can choose to coat the battered pickles in coarsely ground oats as well. 
  • You can use both pickled spears and sliced pickles for the recipe- it all depends on what you have at hand. Pickle chips are great because they’re easier to work with, and if you have any leftovers, you can put them to use pretty quickly as well. 
  • While using jarred pickles, remember to remove all the excess brine off the surface, and pat them dry. This will ensure that the batter sticks to the pickles, and you get the perfect coating from all sides. 
  • It is always a good idea to work in batches when air frying anything, including these pickles. This will ensure that the pickles are all crispy and cooked to perfection.
  • You can use tongs to dip each individual piece of the pickle in the egg or batter and then coat it with the breadcrumb mixture- a good way to keep your hands from getting dirty. 
overhead shot of air fried pickles

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

These crispy pickles taste perfect all on their own, but if you really want to go all out, you can serve them with any dip of your choice. A creamy ranch dip, chipotle sauce or some ketchup can work wonderfully. And if you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can team them up with this Instant Pot pizza dip

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Yield: 16 pieces

Air Fried Pickles

Air Fried Pickles

These air fried pickles are a great appetizer that everyone will making!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 larges dill pickles
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp mild paprika
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the pickles in quarter - lengthwise.
  2. Prepare three bowls on the work surface: the flour with the spices in the 1st, the beaten egg in the 2nd and the breadcrumbs in the 3rd.
  3. One by one, dip the pickles in the flour, then in the egg. Cover completely with Panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Place the pickles in a plate and drizzle vegetable oil on top, then place in the air fryer
  5. Cook 370 ˚ F for 8 minutes, turning half way
  6. Enjoy right away.

Notes

•To eat immediately, or can be reheated later to keep a crispy texture
•You can serve them with your favorite dip, it’s delicious!

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