Air Fryer Pickles

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These air fryer fried pickles are perfectly crispy, seasoned, and highly addictive. Ready in less than 5 minutes, they are a great addition to any meal!

air fryer pickles.

Fun appetizers made in the air fryer? Count me in. 

We have a slew of favorites on hand, including biscuits, chicken wings, and these deceptively easy pickles.

Why this recipe works 

  • Easy to make. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have a big bowl of fried pickles ready to dip in your favorite condiments.
  • Full of flavors. The seasonings added to the batter take it to another level!
  • Healthy. Deep-fried pickles are packed with calories and fat but the air-fried version has a fraction of it.

Can we lament about how perfect the texture is? Extra crispy on the outside and super juicy in the middle. These never last long!

Ingredients needed 

Similar to fried pickles, the air-fried version uses all the same ingredients but without the oil. Here is what you need: 

  • Dill pickles. Use large whole pickles. 
  • Flour. Whole grain or regular flour. 

For the batter

  • Egg. Room temperature.
  • Mustard. I used yellow mustard but any mild-flavored mustard works.
  • Mayonnaise. The secret ingredient that gives the batter an extra crispy and flavorful texture.
  • Water. As needed. 
  • Flour. To thicken the batter. 

For the dry mix 

  • Bread crumbs.  
  • Panko bread crumbs. 
  • Smoked paprika. 
  • Salt. 

How to make air fryer pickles 

This recipe is very quick to make and like any air fryer recipe, this magic gadget takes care of all the hard work! Ready to fry some pickles?

Step 1: Prep the air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 200C or 400F. Meanwhile, cut the pickles in ½ inch slices and toss them in the flour. 

pickle slices in flour.

Step 2: Prepare batter and dry mix 

In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, egg, and water and mix well. Fold this mixture in the flour and continue mixing until a smooth pancake-like batter forms.

egg and mayonnaise mixture.

Take another bowl and mix together the dry ingredients.

dry batter mix.

Step 3: Coat the pickles with batter and dry mix 

First, dip the pickles in the batter and then coat them with the dry mix. Put the battered pickles on the plate lined with parchment paper. 

battered pickles.

Step 4: Cook the pickles in the air fryer 

Grease an air fryer basket generously. Place the pickles in the air fryer basket in a single layer, and air fry them for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. 

pickles in air fryer.

Can I use frozen pickles? 

Yes, you can use frozen pickles for air frying. To cook them in a short time, thaw them before adding them to the air fryer for cooking. Do not air fry frozen solid pickles as the batter will slip off.

Tips to make the best recipe 

  • Cut the pickles into large slices to stick more batter and dry mix to each slice which will add more flavor. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket with pickles, as they can get soggy this way. 
  • Ensure the pickles are as dry as possible before adding any batter. This will help the batter and seasonings hold onto them much easier.

Storage instructions 

To store. Place leftovers in a shallow container and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To freeze. Place the cooled air fried pickles in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months.

Reheating. These pickles are supposed to be crispy, so do not reheat them in the microwave. Instead, use a preheated oven or back in the air fryer. 

air fryer fried pickles.

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Frequently asked questions

How long do you air fry frozen dill pickles? 

Frozen dill pickles will need more time to cook, so air fry them for about 10-12 minutes. You can reduce the cooking time by thawing them. 

Are fried pickles healthy? 

These air-fried pickles have lower calories and fats than traditional fried pickles, hence healthier. 

How many calories are in a slice of fried pickles?

There are around 24 calories in an air fryer fried pickle.

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Air Fryer Pickles

5 from 4 votes
These air fryer fried pickles are perfectly crispy, seasoned, and highly addictive. Ready in less than 5 minutes, they are a great addition to any meal!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 1 min
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 6 mins

Ingredients  

  • 4 large dill pickles
  • 1/4 cup flour

For the batter

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup flour

For the dry mix

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.
  • Slice the pickles in ½ inch slices and toss them in the flour.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, mustard, mayonnaise, and water. Slowly fold in the flour, until a smooth pancake-like batter remains. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry mix. 
  • Dip the pickles in the first batter, then the dry mix. Place the battered pickles on a plate lined with parchment paper.
  • Generously grease an air fryer basket. Place the pickles in a single layer and air fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove them from the air fryer and repeat the process until all the pickles are air fried.

Notes

TO STORE: Place leftovers in a shallow container and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooled air fried pickles in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months.
TO REHEAT: These pickles are supposed to be crispy, so do not reheat them in the microwave. Instead, use a preheated oven or back in the air fryer. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSodium: 736mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 221IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 12g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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