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Easy Air Fryer Pickles

Crispy, crunchy, and so poppable, these Easy Air Fryer Pickles will be a huge hit! Perfect as a quick appetizer or a healthy game-day snack, homemade fried pickles 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. And thanks to recipe advice from a friend who grew up outside of New Orleans, these have a great homestyle flavor but without all the oil.

I’m a huge fan of anything pickled (related: Homemade Dill Pickle Relish), but when you go and fry it, I’m ecstatic. Just like my Air Fryer Ravioli, Fried Artichoke Hearts, Air Fryer Pretzel Bites, and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, this recipe takes delicious veggies and turns them into a healthier app or game-day snack.

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

Ingredients For Air Fryer 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 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

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

How to Make Homemade Fried Pickles

*You’ll find a detailed (i.e., measurements and cooking times) in a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Drain the pickle chips and dry well with a clean kitchen cloth or paper towel.

You’re going to start by setting up a “breading” station. Combine cornmeal, panko, Tony’s, dill, and breadcrumbs in one bowl, a beaten egg in another, and flour mixed with baking powder in another. Put a clean plate at the end of your assembly line.

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, I recommend spraying the pickles with olive oil spray (I used my Misto) while they’re still on the plate. Really coat them and then let them sit 2-3 minutes.

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

Bake! See the recipe card below for cooking times.

2 photos of pickles in an air fryer

Then start dipping to your heart’s content. Some awesome dip options are Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce, Whole30 BBQ Sauce, or Sriracha 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 pickle chips gluten-free or low carb, replace all the flour/bread crumbs with almond flour.

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5 from 3 votes

Easy Air Fryer Pickles

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Crispy, crunchy, and so poppable, these Easy Air Fryer Pickles will be a huge hit! Homemade fried pickles are perfect as a healthy game-day snack.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups pickle chips
  • 1 egg {beaten}
  • 3 tbsp panko
  • 3 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Tony's Chachere's {low sodium}
  • 1/4 tsp dill {dried}
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Equipment

Instructions

  • Drain the pickle chips and dry well with a clean kitchen cloth or paper towel.
  • 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.
  • 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 and then let them sit 2-3 minutes.
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil and gently place the pickles in the basket. Don't overcrowd the basket.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 390 degrees F. 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.

Oven Baking Instructions

  • Follow steps 1-5 above.
  • Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.
  • Place the pickles on the baking rack and spray them liberally with olive oil.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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 buttermilk in place of the egg.
 
To make these air fryer pickle chips gluten-free or low carb, replace all the flour/bread crumbs with almond flour.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Air Fryer Pickles
Amount Per Serving (0.33 cup)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 380mg17%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 98IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments on “Easy Air Fryer Pickles”

  1. 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. 

    • 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.

  2. 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!