Quick and easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles are tangy, crunchy and perfectly seasoned. They are a delicious alternative to fried pickles with less calories, no splattered oil and just as yummy. Make this easy appetizer for all of your parties, the big game or just when you want a quick snack.
Fried pickles are one of my favorite appetizers to order when I go out to eat. So, making them at home is the best! I can make them as a “just for fun” appetizer before dinner, or whip up a batch when we’re hosting on game day.
These air fryer fried pickles taste incredible and pair great with other appetizers like these oven baked jalepeño poppers and this football pepperoni pizza dip. I love making them before a dinner of burgers and french fries too!
This recipe makes the crispiest, most tasty fried pickles! And I love that I don’t have to heat up a pot of oil to fry them. Just pop them in the air fryer and they’re done!
Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- This fried pickle recipe is really easy to make and won’t take long at all!
- The perk to using an air fryer is that you’ll make much less mess in the kitchen as opposed to frying your pickles in oil.
- You can easily double or triple this recipe in order to make a really large batch of homemade fried pickles for parties!
Ingredients for Air Fried Pickles
- Panko bread crumbs – You can find these at your local grocery store. Be sure you get the unflavored bread crumbs.
- Thick dill pickle slices – I find that the pickle slices with ridges tend to hold the batter better.
- Pickle juice – Save some of the pickle juice from the pickle slices to use in your air fryer fried pickles.
- Eggs – This will help the Panko crumbs adhere better to your homemade fried pickles
- Dried dill – A little dried dill goes a long way, so be sure you measure it out!
- Garlic powder – This will help enhance the flavor of your air fried pickles.
- All-purpose flour – Using some all-purpose flour as the first layer of batter will help keep the batter from sliding off of the pickle slices.
How to make Air Fryer Fried Pickles
Begin by draining your pickles and laying them flat and patting them dry.
While the pickles air dry a bit more, put your flour into a small mixing bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together your eggs and pickle juice. In a third bowl, mix your bread crumbs and spices until thoroughly combined.
To coat your pickles, take each slice and fully cover it with flour, then dip it into the egg mixtures, and then fully cover in Panko crumbs. Be sure to press the Panko crumbs into the pickles to make sure they fully adhere.
Spray one side of each pickle slice with cooking spray and then place them into the air fryer basket, sprayed side up.
Cook for five minutes, spray the other side, and flip. Then cook five more minutes until golden brown!
How to Serve Air Fried Pickles
Serve right away with ranch dressing. Make your own ranch dressing with this homemade ranch seasoning!
Storage Tips Air Fryer Fried Pickles
I personally like to eat these right away when they’re fresh. But if you have some leftovers you need to store, they’ll keep in the fridge for about 3 days. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer to crisp them back up a bit!
Why is the coating not staying on my pickles?
If you’re having trouble with the fried batter sliding off of your pickles, make sure that your pickle slices are thoroughly dried before you begin dredging them in flour, egg, and Panko crumbs.
Can I make my Air Fried Pickles extra crispy?
To make your air fryer fried pickles extra crispy you can toast your Panko crumbs before using. You can also let them cook a little longer in the air fryer, just make sure they don’t burn!
Pro Tips for the best Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- To give your pickles a little kick, throw in some cayenne pepper to your Panko crumb mixture.
- Be sure not to overlap your pickles in the air fryer tray so that each one turns out crispy.
- Keep your fingers from getting messy by using a fork or tongs to dip your pickles in each mixture.
These air fryer fried pickles are just as good as something you’d eat at a restaurant, and you don’t have to leave your house to get them!
More Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love
- These Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are crazy good!
- Need some more air fryer appetizers? Try these Air Fryer Ravioli.
- If you’ve never made corn dogs in an air fryer, you’re missing out!
- These Air Fried Hot Dogs are my new favorite way to make hot dogs!
- 32 thick dill pickle slices
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons pickle juice
- 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Ranch dressing for serving
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Drain pickles well and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Add flour to a small bowl. In a different bowl, whisk together eggs and pickle juice. In a third bowl combine bread crumbs and seasonings.
- Dredge pickles in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and then into the Panko crumbs, pressing the crumbs to adhere to the pickle and completely cover it.
- Spray one side of each pickle with non-stick cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket, sprayed side up, in a single layer. You will need to work in batches if you have a smaller air fryer.
- Cook until golden brown and crispy about 5 minutes, flip spray the other side with non-stick cooking spray and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Serve with ranch dressing if desired.