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Crispy, crunchy, and so poppable, these Air Fryer Pickles will be a huge hit! Perfect as a quick appetizer or a healthy game-day snack, fried pickles in the air fryer are sure to become a crowd favorite.

a hand dipping a fried pickle into a bowl of dipping sauce
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You’re going to LOVE these air fryer pickles! They’re so crunchy, packed with flavor, and are such a fun appetizer. They have a great homestyle flavor but without all the oil.

No air fryer? Check out the recipe notes for baking instructions. Let’s do this!

Ingredients For Air Fried Pickles

a bowl of pickle chips, dill, flour, and other seasonings to make air fryer pickles

This recipe is rocking:

  • Pickles! (Surprised?) I used premade dill pickle chips
  • Breading squad: all-purpose flour, panko, regular bread crumbs, baking powder, and cornmeal
  • Seasonings: Tony Chachere’s (get the low-sodium!) and dried dill
  • Egg and olive oil (via my Misto)

Use leftover Tony’s for making Air Fryer Green Tomatoes.

6 photos showing the steps in making fried pickles in an air fryer
2 photos of pickles in an air fryer

Then start dipping to your heart’s content. Some awesome dip options are Chipotle Southwest Sauce, Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce, Sugar Free Barbeque Sauce, or Vegan Aioli.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • After spraying the olive oil on the breading, allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. This will allow the panko to soak up the oil, creating the crunchiest coating.
  • You can use pickle spears, sandwich slices, or cut your own whole pickles. I prefer chips because I think the crinkle-cut helps hold the batter better.
  • You can use buttermilk in place of the egg.
  • To make these air fryer fried pickles gluten-free or low carb, replace all the flour/bread crumbs with almond flour.
a grey plate with homemade fried pickles topped with chopped parsley
5 from 5 ratings

Air Fryer Pickles

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
a grey plate with homemade fried pickles topped with chopped parsley
Homemade fried pickles in the air fryer are perfect as a healthy snack or appetizer.



  • Drain the pickle chips and blot well with a clean kitchen cloth or paper towel.
    1.5 cups pickle chips
  • In one bowl combine cornmeal, panko, Tony's, dill, and breadcrumbs, a beaten egg in another, and flour mixed with baking powder in another. Set up an empty plate.
    1 egg, 3 tbsp panko, 3 tbsp bread crumbs, 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp cornmeal, 2 tsp Tony's Chachere's, 1/4 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • It's easiest to work in batches of 2-3. With your left hand, dredge three pickles through the flour and shake the excess off. 
  • With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture, stirring to coat.
  • Use your right hand and drop them into the breadcrumb bowl. Place your breaded pickles onto a plate.
  • Once you've finished breading all of them, spray the pickles with olive oil spray while they're still on the plate. Really coat them well and then let them sit 2-3 minutes.
    2 tsp olive oil
  • Brush the basket of the air fryer with olive oil or use a piece of air fryer parchment, and gently place the pickles in the basket. Don't overcrowd.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 390F degrees. Flip (easiest to use the tines of a fork). Spray the tops with additional olive oil spray if they need it.
  • Cook for an additional 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


  1. After spraying the olive oil on the breading, allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes. This will allow the panko to soak up the oil, creating the crunchiest coating.
  2. You can use buttermilk in place of the egg.
  3. To make these pickle chips gluten-free or low carb, replace all the flour/bread crumbs with almond flour.
Oven Baking Instructions
  1. Follow steps 1-5 above.
  2. Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.
  3. Place the pickles on the baking rack and spray them liberally with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.


Serving: 0.33cupCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 380mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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    1. Niki, the recipe card we use automatically generates the nutrition facts for us. All values are estimates only. If you need more detailed data, we’d recommend you use something like MyFitnessPal.

  1. I’d never heard of Tony’s so I Googled and made a sort of Cajun seasoning with what was in my spice cupboard. I used sweet hots and some Spanish pimento stuffed olives. Omg. I heard “oh yeah!!!” from husband in the other room. I didn’t expect them to be so crispy! Yum!!5 stars

  2. Made these today for my husband. One of our favorite things is fried pickles and I recently got a ninja foodi for Christmas. I dropped a plate of them off in front of him an walked to the other room to grab something and all I heard was “OH MY GOSH!!” these were a hit and will definitely be making them again.5 stars

  3. Man these were a hit! Super crispy and they didn’t stick to the basket either (I made them in my Breville Air Fryer). They did come out super salty but I’m blaming that on me. Pretty sure the pickles I used were a bit salty, didn’t have the low salt seasoning so used the regular, AND I used buttermilk (cause I needed to use it up – freezer is full).

    Next time I’ll adjust but I’m totally making it again. And I’m really glad to be able to make this at home vs order the greasy ones in a restaurant. Thanks. 5 stars

    1. I found out the hard way that the original Tony’s seasoning is quite salty! I’ve since switched to low sodium for that very reason.

      Regardless, I’m thrilled you enjoyed them so much! I will admit to loving the greasy ones in restaurants but they do NOT travel well for takeout.

  4. We won an air fryer last night at my husband’s company party and this was the first thing we made. So easy and good!5 stars