Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles are a delicious appetizer that’s super easy to make in the Air Fryer! I bet you won’t be able to eat just one!

When I was younger, I remember going out to dinner with my grandmother and she suggested getting fried pickles. This was the first time I had ever heard of them and was so confused – fried pickles?! We ended up ordering them and after just one bite I was hooked!

Ever since, whenever I see fried pickles on a menu at a restaurant I always make sure to order them. Unfortunately, they’re not the healthiest option because of the oil, so I decided to try to make my own at home using my air fryer. My air fryer fried pickles came out amazing and are now our go-to appetizer at home! They taste just like my favorites at the restaurants but have a fraction of the calories.

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What Are Fried Pickles?

Fried pickles pickle slices that are breaded and usually deep fried and served with ketchup or ranch on the side. They are a staple in many bars, along with other popular appetizers like french fries or mozzarella sticks. Fried pickles are easy to find in grocery stores, typically near the dill spears and breadsticks.

Benefits of Air Frying vs. Deep Fryer

Deep fryers are used for most fried foods in restaurants, while air fryers use hot air instead of oil to achieve a similar result. This is advantageous because it allows for healthier cooking since you’re not having to cook in oil, and also the lack of mess that comes from using oil means your kitchen stays cleaner.

Are Air Fried Pickles Healthy?

Air Fryer Fried Pickles are lower in calories than traditional fried pickles and are a healthier choice. Like everything, you’ll want to eat these in moderation.

Equipment Needed

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients Needed

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 25 pickle chips (I like to use dill)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

How to Make Fried Pickles in the Air Fryer

Pat dry the pickle slices or chips until they’re dry (I like to use a paper towel)

Pour the all-purpose flour into one bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and set aside. In the 3rd bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and set aside.

Carefully dip one pickle chip at a time into the flour, then the egg, and then coat in the panko mixture. Place in a single layer on the air fryer basket (depending on the size of your air fryer you might have to do a few batches).

Once all the pickle chips are coated, air fry on 400 for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve with your favorite dip!

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Calories and Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 fried pickle

Number of Servings 25 

Calories 26 – Total Fat 0 grams – Saturated Fat 0 grams – Trans Fat 0 grams – Unsaturated Fat 0 grams – Cholesterol 7 milligrams – Sodium 138 milligrams – Carbohydrates 4 grams – Fiber 0 grams – Sugar 0 grams – Protein 1 grams

Serving Suggestions

I love serving these pickles with a dip! They’re great with ranch and ketchup.

You could also use fried pickles as a topping to dress up a regular cheeseburger or hamburger.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Fried pickles can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. They’ll taste best served heated up. I recommend heating in the microwave 30 seconds to a minute before eating.

Can I Make Fried Pickles Without Breadcrumbs?

The breadcrumbs are used to give the pickles a crispy texture. The alternative would be to cook them until crispy, which may not yield the same results.

What are the best types of pickles to use?

My favorite type of pickle to use is a dill pickle, but it’s totally up to you and your preferences! You could mix up this recipe and make these into spicy fried pickles by using a spicy pickle.

What’s the Difference between Panko Breadcrumb and Regular?

Panko breadcrumbs are made with more air and are bigger than regular breadcrumbs. They’re also lighter, so they’ll help the pickles stay crispy longer. That is why I prefer to use panko breadcrumbs for my fried pickles recipe!

More Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Here are more popular healthy appetizer recipes!

Air Fryer Chickpeas

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pockets

Caprese Bites

Chicken Taco “Cupcakes”

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

air fryer fried pickles
Air Fryer Fried Pickles are an easy to make appetizer that you won't believe is good for you! They're perfectly crunchy and only 25 calories each!
Ali
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 25 pickle chips I like to use dill
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Pat dry the pickle slices or chips until they’re dry (I like to use a paper towel)
  • Pour the all-purpose flour into one bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and set it aside. In the 3rd bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and set aside.
  • Carefully dip one pickle chip at a time into the flour, then the egg, and then coat in the panko mixture. Place in a single layer on the air fryer basket (depending on the size of your air fryer you might have to do a few batches).
  • Once all the pickle chips are coated, air fry on 400 for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve with your favorite dip!

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Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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