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Deep white dish with fried pickles with dip - square

Air Fryer Pickles

These air fryer pickles are crispy, crunchy and healthier than the deep fried version! Delicious and easy.
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


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

Breading mixture

  • cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • cup flour
  • cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon dill (dried)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash chipotle powder


  • Place sieve in the sink and dump the pickles in. Let drain for 5 minutes
  • 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
  • Add the breading mixture to another shallow bowl and mix the ingredients together with a fork
  • 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 making sure the pickles aren't touching
  • Turn the knob on the oven until it reaches the air fryer option, set the timer to 6 minutes and press the Start button. It will preheat and once it comes to temperature, it will beep
  • Spritz the top of the pickles with olive oil spray and slide the basket into the appropriate slot. Press the Start button again to begin timed cooking
  • When the timer beeps, pull the basket out. Flip the pickles and spray again with olive oil. Return them to the oven and press Start again. (It may preheat again and if that happens, you'll have to press the Start button again. It shouldn't take long to preheat)
  • Once the timer beeps, remove the pickles from the oven
  • Repeat this process for each batch you cook
  • Get a dip (See notes)
  • Plate the pickles
  • Eat
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • Dry the pickles before you use them to eliminate the slippery texture and extra flavor of the pickle juice. I let mine sit on paper towels for 30 minutes, total.
  • I use Panko breadcrumbs but you can use regular breadcrumbs 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.
  • You will use a spray to apply some oil to the top of the pickles. I recommend an olive oil 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.
  • When you set the oven to air fry and press the Start button, it will preheat. Once at temperature, you will put in your first batch of pickles and press Start again to begin timed cooking.
  • FYI - You will flip the pickles and spray the undersides with olive oil. Once you put them back in the oven and press the Start button, it may preheat again, though the time of preheating will be short. As in the tip above, you will have to press Start again to begin timed cooking.


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