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Air Fryer Pickles

These air fryer pickles boast all the mouthwatering flavors and crunch of classic fried pickles without the grease or mess that comes with deep-frying. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce for the ultimate appetizer or snack!

Air fryer pickles on a plate with the dip
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

I love pickles. So, when I first experienced fried pickles in a restaurant, I knew I had to make a healthier, cleaner version. The thing I love about using an air fryer in this recipe is because, even though the pickles aren’t deep fried in oil, there isn’t a difference in taste.

These air fryer fried pickles are just as crunchy and scrumptious as the deep fried version, that you’re going to just love eating and serving them at your next party.

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Helpful tips

  • Dry the pickles before you use them to eliminate the slippery texture and extra flavor of the pickle juice. After draining them, I let them sit on paper towels for 30 minutes, total. That way you can get them as dry as you can.
  • I use Panko bread crumbs but you can use regular crumbs if you want.
  • I use dried dill in the breadcrumbs but you can use whatever you want or omit it as well.
  • Hubby can’t take much heat/spice in his food so I only used a dash of chipotle powder. Use as much as you like. I envy you.
  • I don’t add salt to the breadcrumb flour mixture since pickles are already salty. You can add pepper though.
  • You will use a spray to apply some oil to the top of the pickles. I recommend an olive oil cooking spray over other, popular cooking sprays.
  • You will have to air fry the pickles in batches. I did two batches for this recipe.
  • The dip I made contains 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons cocktail sauce and 1 teaspoon horseradish. Whisk them together for a delicious tasting dip!
  • Use your favorite dipping sauce if you don’t want to make your own. My nephew loves to dip the pickles in ranch dressing.
A deep white plate with fried pickles on it along with a sauce in a small cup
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

How to make air fryer pickles

Pre-step

Put a sieve in your sink and dump the pickles into it. Let them drain for at least 5 minutes.

Step one

Line a jelly roll pan with paper towels. Lay each pickle on the paper towels (A) and lay another paper towel over the pickles. Press down and blot them.

After 15 minutes, change out the paper towels and lay the pickles on them again. Cover the pickles with more paper towels and dab at them to remove any excess juice. Let rest for another 15 minutes.

Step two

Gather the breading ingredients – Panko breadcrumbs, flour, parmesan cheese, egg, milk, garlic powder, dill weed, pepper, and chipotle powder. (B)

Dill pickles on paper towels and the coating ingredients
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Step three

Add the breading ingredients in a shallow bowl and mix with a fork.

Step four

Crack an egg and milk into a second shallow bowl and whisk until combined. (C)

Step five

Lay a bunch of pickles in the egg and flip them to coat each side.

Eggs mixed and pickles in them
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Step six

Pick up each pickle and let any extra egg drip off. Lay them in the breadcrumb mixture. (E)

Step seven

Dredge each side of the pickle through the breadcrumbs and lay them in a single layer on the air fryer basket. For maximum crispness, make sure they aren’t touching each other. (F)

Pickles in the breadcrumb mixture and coated pickles on a wire rack
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Step eight

Set the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for 12 minutes. You will be flipping the pickles after 6 minutes.

Once it beeps to let you know it has come to temperature, lightly spritz the breaded pickles with the olive oil spray.

Step nine

Slide the air fryer tray in the oven in the appropriate spot. Close the oven door and the timer will start counting down.

Battered pickles in the oven

Step ten

After 6 minutes, take out the air fryer basket, turn each pickle slice and spritz again with a little olive oil. Place the basket back in the oven and continue to cook for 6 more minutes.

Repeat for each batch.

After all batches are finished, plate the air fryer pickles and gather your favorite dip.

Cosori in the photo with the crispy pickles
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Look at all that crispy goodness!

Overhead view of the pickles on a plate with dip
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

All that is left is to dip a pickle chip and eat. Crunch, crunch.

I hope you enjoyed this air fryer pickles recipe! It’s the perfect appetizer.

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Air Fryer Pickles

These air fryer pickles boast all the mouthwatering flavors and crunch of classic fried pickles without the grease or mess that comes with deep-frying. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce for the ultimate appetizer or snack! 
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer pickles, fried pickles, pickle appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Drying the pickles: 30 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 56 pickles
Calories: 25kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dill pickle chips
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I use almond milk)

Breading mixture

  • 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash chipotle powder

Instructions

  • Place sieve in the sink and dump the pickles in and let drain for 5 minutes.
    16 ounces dill pickle chips
  • Lay paper towels in the jelly roll pan. Lay each pickle on top of the paper towels. Lay a few sheets of paper towels on the pickles and blot.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes. Change out the paper towels and lay the pickles on them. Lay more paper towels on top and blot again. Let set for another 15 minutes.
  • Crack an egg in a shallow bowl, add the milk and whisk until combined.
    1 egg, 2 tablespoons milk
  • Add the breading mixture to another shallow bowl and mix the ingredients together with a fork.
    2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup flour, 1/8 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon dill, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, dash chipotle powder
  • Transfer pickles to the egg and flip so both sides are covered. Pick the pickles up and let some of the egg drip off.
  • Add the pickles to the breading mixture and coat both sides. Place on the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure the pickles aren't touching.
  • Set the temperature to 375 F and set the timer to 12 minutes. Once it comes to temperature, spritz the top of the pickles with olive oil spray and add the basket.
  • After 6 minutes, pull the basket out. Flip the pickles and spray again with olive oil. Return them to the oven to continue cooking.
  • Once the timer beeps, remove the pickles.
  • Repeat this process for each batch you cook.
  • Plate the pickles with your favorite dip.
  • Eat, smile, enjoy.
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Dry the pickles before you use them to eliminate the slippery texture and extra flavor of the pickle juice. After draining them, I let them sit on paper towels for 30 minutes, total. That way you can get them as dry as you can.
  • I use Panko bread crumbs but you can use regular crumbs if you want.
  • I use dried dill in the breadcrumbs but you can use whatever you want or omit it as well.
  • Hubby can’t take much heat/spice in his food so I only used a dash of chipotle powder. Use as much as you like. I envy you.
  • I don’t add salt to the breadcrumb flour mixture since pickles are already salty. You can add pepper though.
  • You will use a spray to apply some oil to the top of the pickles. I recommend an olive oil cooking spray over other, popular cooking sprays.
  • You will have to air fry the pickles in batches. I did two batches for this recipe.
  • The dip I made contains 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons cocktail sauce and 1 teaspoon horseradish. Whisk them together for a delicious tasting dip!
  • Use your favorite dipping sauce if you don’t want to make your own. My nephew loves to dip the pickles in ranch dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 10pickles | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. These air fryer pickles look sooo appetizing! I love that this is not only delicious but also crunchy! My family will love this. And I’m definitely going to check out Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven.C

    1. Thanks Dennis! I love how crunchy air fried foods get. I love this oven because it does more than just air fry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with fried pickles. Usually they are too squishy, and I don’t care for that. Yours looks crisp and perfect, I have to try them!

  3. Okay, so I need to get me an air fryer because these look SO good! Pinned to make later ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh hello crispy little bites of deliciousness! These are on the menu for movie night for a delicious snack!

  5. Wow what a fun appetizer idea! Love the spices on these pickles too! I’ve never cooked pickles and am def motivated to now! Thanks for sharing :).

  6. This recipe is definitely getting saved for later! When I was pregnant, all I wanted was fried pickles and this recipe makes it so much healthier and cheaper than eating out! Now I can fuel my addiction in the privacy of my own kitchen!

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