Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles


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Air fryer fried pickles are crispy and crunchy with lots of great dill pickle flavor and they can be made right at home!

We are obsessed with all things pickle (and of course fried pickles) and this crunchy, tangy recipe tops the list. Simply dip in the coating and air fry!

top view of Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles on a plate

Who doesn’t love crunchy dill pickles?

What Type of Pickles to Use?

Dill pickles are best for this recipe. Ensure your pickle slices aren’t too thin.

  • Pickle spears – have the most pickle flavor and are the juiciest because the pickle is thicker.
  • Pickle chips – or rounds are great for snacking. If making these, cut your own pickles to make them a bit thicker.
  • Sliced pickles – we love the crunch of these pickles, they have a higher coating to pickle ratio. Slice your own from large pickles to have thicker slices.

Ingredients and Variations

PICKLES Choose your favorite shape of dill pickles (above). We love spears or thick slices.

BREADCRUMBS Panko bread crumbs add a great crunch to this recipe although seasoned bread crumbs will work in a pinch.

LOW CARB Version: Ditch the flour and use a bit of almond flour instead. Swap out Panko bread crumbs with a combination of almond flour and crushed pork rinds (season them). Eggs are keto so follow the same steps in the original recipe.

process of putting batter on pickles to make Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles

How to Fry Pickles in Air Fryer

Air fryer pickles are a weird and wonderful treat that takes just minutes to put together!

  1. Pat drained pickles dry with paper towel. Put flour in one bowl, egg mixture in another bowl, & Panko mixture in a third bowl.
  2. Dredge each pickle in flour, then egg mixture, then breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs into the coated pickles.
  3. Spray each pickle with cooking spray & place in air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes, turn over, & cook another 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp.

sliced dill pickles breaded on a pan

Tips for Frying Pickles

  • Slice pickles yourself to get thicker slices (and more pickle in every bite).
  • Dab the pickles dry before coating, this helps the coating stick.
  • Work in batches by air frying pickles while breading other pickles.
  • Just before serving all of the batches can be reheated for about 1 minute.
  • Spray the pickles with cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer. Cooking spray can damage the basket.

fried pickles in an air fryer basket

What to Serve with Fried Pickles

Put the air fryer back to work on some of these appetizers! Air fryer taquitos, air fryer stuffed mushrooms, Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks, and some air fryer shrimp would all pair perfectly with fried pickles. Don’t forget a party pitcher of homemade lemonade or some tangy margaritas!

Dips for Dunking!

Did you love these Air Fryer Dill Pickles? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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5 from 5 votes
Review Recipe

Crispy Air Fryer Dill Pickles

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Lightly seasoned, breaded, and then air fried, these crispy dill pickles are the perfect appetizer!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 dill pickle spears or thick pickle slices
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • cooking spray

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Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Drain pickles well and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Put flour in a small bowl. Whisk eggs, water, and hot sauce in another bowl. Place breadcrumbs and seasonings in a third bowl.
  • Dredge pickles in the flour, dip in the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs to adhere.
  • Spray each pickle with cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook 5 minutes, flip pickles and cook an additional 4-6 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  • Allow to cool 2 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Work in batches to cook all pickles. To save time, place the first batch to cook while continuing to coat the remaining pickles.
  • Once all pickles have been coated and cooked, they can all be gently added back to the air fryer to heat through before serving.Slice pickles yourself to get thicker slices (and more pickle in every bite).
  • Dab the pickles dry before coating, this helps the coating stick.
  • Work in batches by air frying pickles while breading other pickles.
  • Just before serving all of the batches can be reheated for about 1 minute.
  • Spray the pickles with cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer. Cooking spray can damage the basket. 
Nutrition information calculates the use of 1/2 of the batter/breading and is for 1/4 of the recipe. This may vary based on the shape of pickle and the amount of breading used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 56, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 70mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Air Fryer Dill Pickles, Best Air Fryer Dill Pickles, fried dill pickles, how to make Air Fryer Dill Pickles
Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
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