If you love fried pickles, then you have to try making Air Fryer Fried Pickles. It’s one of the easiest ways to make this easy appetizer! They’re perfect for game day, weekend cookouts, or just as a tasty snack!
Making fried pickles in the air fryer is a great way to make them a bit healthier by avoiding all of the oil!
Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a printable recipe card or read on for tips, tricks, and detailed instructions.
AIR FRYER FRIED PICKLES
Fried pickles are one of my favorite appetizers. Dill pickle chips are battered and then fried. I’ve seen some people make them with pickle spears, but pickle chips are most commonly used.
Pickle chips or hamburger slices are best for making fried pickles because you can fit more in the air fryer. But fried pickle spears are just as delicious!
Using the air fryer is a great way to avoid large amounts of oil and make a healthier version of fried pickles. In fact, with this recipe, I don’t use any oil at all. Some people will use an oil spritzer or a spray of nonstick cooking spray, but I don’t always do that and I don’t have a sticking problem.
This recipe is for more “homemade” pickles, but you can also use the air fryer to cook frozen fried pickles. Scroll down for tips on how to prepare them.
These pair well with air fryer chicken wings and air fryer hot dogs! If you’re looking for another fun thing to make in the air fryer that has the snack/appetizer vibe, try making Soft Pretzel twists!
HOW TO MAKE FRIED PICKLES IN AIR FRYER
To make Air Fryer Fried Pickles, you’ll need some very basic ingredients.
- Jar of dill pickle chips
- Seasoning salt
- Panko bread crumbs
Exact measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
This recipe makes about six servings. It takes about ten minutes to prep the pickles and about thirty minutes to cook them all. Depending on the size of the fryer basket, you can cook more pickles per batch and save time.
Start by draining your dill pickle slices very well. This will help avoid them getting soggy. Use a colander and then set on a few layers of paper towels and allow to drain for five more minutes.
In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, milk, egg, seasoning salt, and salt. Put the Panko bread crumbs in a second shallow bowl.
Dip each pickle slice in the flour mixture and then into the breadcrumbs.
Place each pickle onto a plate and allow them to rest for five minutes.
Once you’ve coated all of the pickles, spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or use a liner in the basket to avoid sticking. Then place the pickles in a single layer in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
Cook at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until the fried pickles are golden brown. You can turn or shake the basket about halfway through the cooking time.
Cook the remaining pickles in batches until they’ve all been air fried. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
HOW DO YOU KEEP FRIED PICKLES FROM GETTING SOGGY?
Be sure to drain the liquid out of your jar of pickles and drain them in a colander to make sure you get the most liquid out of them as possible. That will help keep your fried pickles from getting soggy. Cooking them in the air fryer is also a great solution as it doesn’t use the oil used in traditional frying.
Cooking them at a higher temperature of 400° also helps get very crispy pickles.
HOW TO REHEAT FRIED PICKLES
To reheat any leftovers, heat the fryer to 400° again and heat them for 3-4 minutes or until they’re crisp again.
HOW DO YOU COOK FROZEN FRIED PICKLES IN THE AIR FRYER?
You can also make air-fried frozen fried pickles. Cook time depends on the number of pickles you want to make. Heat the fryer to 400°. Place the frozen pickles (approximately 14-15) in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
Different air fryers cook differently so keep an eye on the frozen pickles. For best results, flip the fried pickles or shake the basket halfway through the cooking time.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH FRIED PICKLES
We like to eat air fryer pickles alone, but they are delicious with dipping sauces!
Ranch dressing is a classic dipping sauce to pair with pickles and it’s my favorite. But fry sauce is also a delicious option. A local restaurant we go to serves them with sriracha ranch and it definitely has a kick to it!
Sour cream and other sour cream based dips pair well too.
You can really pair these with your favorite dipping sauce!
They’re also a tasty alternative to french fries!
You can make this recipe in a fryer with a basket or an oven-type appliance as well. Finding one that works well for your family is just about finding one with features that appeal to you!
Below are some of the favorites that I have owned or had the chance to try out.
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Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Place the pickles on a paper towel lined sheet and allow to drain for 5 minutes.
- Mix together the flour, milk, egg, seasoning salt and salt in a shallow bowl. Pour the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl.
- Dip each pickle in the flour mixture, then the breadcrumbs. Place the pickles on a plate and allow to rest for five minutes.
- Place the pickles in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or line the air fryer basket with a liner, if desired, to prevent sticking.
- Cook at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes, until pickles are golden brown. Continue cooking in batches until all the pickles have been cooked.