These keto fried pickles are crispy, crunchy, and seriously addictive, you won’t believe they are low carb! Ready in just 10 minutes and easily made in the air fryer!
Frieds foods are superior to all other kinds of foods.
There, I said it. Let me temporarily remove my healthy halo and state that my comfort food is anything fried. I try to eat a healthy and low carb diet 99% of the time, but on the odd occasion, I treat myself to some delicious fried foods.
I have a few favorites on rotation, and these include fried chicken, onion rings, and my favorite fried pickles.
Are pickles keto?
Many varieties of pickles, including bread and butter pickles and dill spears, often contain added sugar. This is to give them the sweet and sour flavor. Because of this, they aren’t all keto friendly. However, pickles that are stored in vinegar and salt are suitable for a keto diet. They contain virtually zero calories and zero carbs, and a fantastic snack or condiment to enjoy.
I do enjoy pickles in salads (like a chicken salad) or in a grilled cheese (don’t knock it until you try it) but when fried, they take another level.
This keto fried pickles recipe is a quick and delicious appetizer that comes together in minutes. The pickles are coated in a low carb batter then are fried until golden. They are crispy and crunchy on the outside, with the juicy pickle in the middle.
The best thing about these pickles is that you can make them healthier by cooking them in the air fryer or baking them in the oven- They’ll be just as delicious!
How do you make keto fried pickles?
- Dill pickles– Large dill pickles that have no added sugar. Be very careful when checking the jars, as many brands contain sugar in them.
- Almond flour– Blanched or superfine almond flour.
- Salt and pepper– To taste.
- Parmesan cheese– finely grated or pre-grated cheese.
- Eggs– room temperature eggs.
- Sour cream– Creates a thicker batter before frying the pickles. If you don’t have sour cream on hand, heavy cream or Greek yogurt can be used.
Start by slicing your pickles length ways. In one bowl, add the almond flour, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. In a second bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream.
Next, dip each pickle in the wet mixture, then the dry mixture. Once all the pickles are battered, add some oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, add the battered pickles and fry for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve the fried pickles immediately with your favorite condiments, like ketchup or bbq sauce.
Can I make this in the air fryer?
To make air fryer fried pickles, simply prepare the pickles as instructed. Next, lightly grease an air fryer basket and air fry at 200C/400F for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Do not overcrowd the pan when frying the pickles. If your pan is smaller or you have plenty of pickles, you’d be best to fry them in batches.
- The larger the dill pickles, the better the batter will stick.
- Add extra spices of seasonings to change up the flavor. I like adding red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to give them a spicy kick.
Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions
- To store: Leftover pickles should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
- To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled pickles in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to two months.
- Reheating: Reheat the fried pickles in the air fryer or in a preheated oven.
More keto appetizer recipes to try
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional fried pickles are high in carbs, as they are made with sweetened pickles and have a flour-based breading. This fried pickle recipe is keto friendly, as they use a low carb breading and use no added sugar pickles.
The best keto friendly pickles are those of the kosher kind, as they have no sugar in them.
Mt. Olive and Vlastic are two popular brands that make sugar free pickles. These two brands are sweetened with sucralose.
Keto Fried Pickles
- 9 large pickles sliced lengthways
- 3/4 + 1 tablespoon almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- Slice your dill pickles lengthways and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add your almond flour, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream.
- Dip the dill pickles in the wet mixture, followed by the dry mixture. Repeat the process until all the pickles are battered.
- Add some oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, add the battered pickles to it and fry for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown.
- Serve the fried pickles immediately with your favorite condiments.
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Is there a Dairy free substitute I could use instead of Parmesan cheese? Would nutritional yeast work? Or maybe something else? Thanks.
Can I use plain flour in the fried pickle recipe?
Yes you can.
As in any keto battered recipe, crushed pork rinds (chicharrones) are an option for whatever the breadcrumbs ingredient is and vice versa: almond and/or coconut flour mixed with parmesan or all three AND pork rinds, it all works.
The one looking for dairy free- why not ask about the sour cream too?( Which FYI you can sub plain unsweetened non dairy yogurt)
when you say slice the pickle, does that mean just one longitudinal cut?
Either works, I like to do it lengthways
either? i only asked about one thing… i cant see slicing it cross-wise would work… but thanks anyway
He gave the answer. You can cut them lengthwise if you want long fried pickles or you can cut them cross-wise, like at the state fair. Kind of a no brainer.