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Air Fryer Pickles

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Air fryer pickles are breaded with panko and parmesan, then air fried to perfection. They’re served with a quick and easy dill dip and make the perfect appetizer or snack!

Fried pickles in the air fryer take a little prep, but it’s SO worth it. We love serving them alongside other dippable appetizers like bacon wrapped brussels sprouts, sheet pan loaded nachos, baked zucchini sticks, and crispy parmesan roasted potatoes.

They’re also perfect as a snack before air fryer chicken thighs with corn on the cob!

An air fryer pickle being dipped into fresh dill dip.

The Secret To Breading Anything

From korean fried chicken to chicken parmesan, we love breading. These air fryer fried pickles have the perfect blend of panko and parmesan.

When breading pickles, like most things you’ll bread, arrange 3 bowls:

  1. The flour. This is called dredging. It’s always great to add some seasoning to the flour. Dredging is the process of dipping whatever you’re breading in flour and shaking off excess (like in chicken piccata). This creates a dry layer for the egg wash to stick to. 
  2. The egg wash. Egg wash is simply an egg and a tablespoon of water. This allows the final breading layer to stick to the pickles perfectly.
  3. The breadcrumbs. Nothing crisps up quite like panko, especially in the air fryer. Panko is just simply lighter, slightly larger breadcrumbs. Panko isn’t seasoned, so make sure you add the seasonings in. If the shredded parmesan cheese is pretty large, break it up a little bit. 

The secret to breading anything, is alternating hands. Breading gets messy quickly. Always use one hand for the dry flour and breadcrumbs, and one for the wet egg wash. This prevents your hands from getting breaded with the pickles!

Pickles being breaded with egg wash, flour, and breadcrumbs.

 

How To Make Air Fryer Pickles

  1. Start by slicing the pickles to ¼” thickness. Arrange them on paper towel and top with additional paper towel, pressing gently to remove any excess moisture. If they are too moist, they won’t crisp up. 
  2. Arrange the 3 bowls mentioned above with flour, egg wash, and the breadcrumb mixture. Working with about 4 pickles at a time, dip them in the flour, then the egg wash, then the breadcrumb mixture. Press gently to get a nice layer of breadcrumbs on each pickle. 
  3. Place the breaded pickles in a single layer on the rack of the air fryer, and spray with olive oil. Once sprayed, let the pickles sit for a couple minutes to ensure the breadcrumb mixture doesn’t dry out in the air fryer.
  4. Air fry them at 400°F for 8 minutes or until crisp. Depending on the size of the air fryer, it may take a couple batches.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the dill dip ingredients. Serve immediately.

 

Breaded pickles being placed into the air fryer.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Pickles

The crispy, pickle taste goes perfectly with creamy, fresh dill dip. We absolutely love the flavor combo over here!

Some other great dips for air fryer pickles we love:

  • Chipotle mayo
  • Garlic aioli
  • Dill aioli
  • Tzatziki
  • Ranch dressing
  • Caesar dressing

Air fryer pickles in the air fryer.

Tips For Making Air Fryer Pickles

  • For air fryer pickle spears, cut the pickles lengthwise to make spears, and air fry for 10 minutes. 
  • Once the pickles have been sprayed with oil or cooking spray, allow them to sit for a couple minutes. This will ensure the breadcrumbs soak it up and don’t dry out. 
  • Cut the pickles at an even thickness so they cook evenly.
  • Ensure the pickles are dried very well before breading with paper towel.
  • Air fryer pickles can be breaded in advance and air fried before serving. Same with the dill dip! 

A plate of air fryer pickles with a bowl of dill dip.

Air Fryer Pickles From Frozen

Air fryer pickles are a great make ahead choice for a last minute snack or appetizer. To freeze them:

  1. Bread the pickles as normal. Arrange on a baking sheet. 
  2. Freeze until solid. Once frozen, pour in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months.

To make air fryer pickles from frozen:

  1. Arrange the frozen pickles in a single layer on the air fryer rack.
  2. Spray with oil or cooking spray. 
  3. Cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes or until heated through and crisp. 

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Air Fryer Pickles

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 28 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Bailey
These crispy fried pickles are the perfect dippable appetizer.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pickles drained
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray

Quick Dill Dip

  • cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powdeer
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut pickles into ¼" slices, and lay between paper towels to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  • Meanwhile, arrange 3 bowls. In the first, combine flour, cayenne, and pepper. In the second, beat two eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. In the third, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, and salt.
  • Working in batches of about 4, dredge the pickle slices in flour, then dip in egg wash, then coat evenly with breadcrumb mixture, shaking off excess between each bowl.
  • Once breaded, arrange pickle slices in the air fryer basket in an even layer. You may need to do a few batches. Spray with cooking oil, and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes or until breading is golden.

Quick Dill Dip

  • Combine all dill dip ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1233mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2mg

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An air fried pickle being dipped in dill dip.

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