Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Last updated on January 12th, 2022

Tips & Tricks for making Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Ingredients:

  • dill pickle slices
  • flour
  • dried dill
  • ground garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • panko breadcrumbs

Instructions:
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees (following manufacturer’s guidelines) Prepare air fryer basket by spraying with vegetable-based cooking spray

Drain a full jar of dill pickles completely of pickle juice. Feel free to set this juice aside for future use, but this won’t be needed for this recipe at any point in the future. Lay pickles flat on a few sheets of paper towels and blot to dry completely. This is a very very important step. Some years ago I tried frying pickle slices and failed to dry the pickles completely and they were a gloppy mess and the batter just didn’t stick. Trust me, you want these pickle slices as dry as you can possibly get them.

Using a large bowl, mix flour, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Using a fork or whisk, beat buttermilk and egg into flour mixture until consistency is smooth with only a few lumps.

Pour the panko breadcrumbs into a separate shallow bowl. Dredge the pickle slices first into the buttermilk and flour mixture, coating completely. Secondly, carefully lift the the coated pickle slices and coat thoroughly with a coating of the panko breadcrumbs.

Place coated pickle slices on a baking sheet and freeze or refrigerate (preferably, freeze) for 10 – 15 minutes. Carefully place the chilled pickle slices in a single layer, without touching in prepared air fryer basket – working in batches – and air fry (air crisp) for 10 – 12 minutes, flipping halfway through until light golden brown.

Promptly remove from heat and serve hot with favorite dressing, or on top of your favorite burger or sandwich.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my air fryer really need to be preheated?

That depends on your air fryer. Not all air fryers are built the same. For help on operating your specific air fryer, always defer to the owner’s manual.

How do I store leftovers?

Save leftovers in a tightly covered container for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

How do I reheat leftovers?

Reheat leftovers by re-heating in the air fryer, following steps 10 and 11 below. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until pickles have reach desired warmth.

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Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Course: Appetizer & Snack Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Angela
Tasty, crispy air fryer fried pickles are the perfect tasty snack or appetizer.
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Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Vegetable oil-based cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 24 ounce Jar dill pickle slices drained
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons dill dried
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs plain

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees (following manufacturer's guidelines)
  • Prepare air fryer basket by spraying with vegetable-based cooking spray
  • Lay pickles flat on paper towels and blot to dry completely.
  • Using a large bowl, mix flour, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • Using a fork or whisk, beat buttermilk and egg into flour mixture until consistency is smooth with only a few lumps.
  • Pour the panko breadcrumbs into a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dredge the pickle slices first into the buttermilk and flour mixture, coating completely.
  • Secondly, carefully lift the the coated pickle slices and coat thoroughly with a coating of the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Place coated pickle slices on a baking sheet and freeze or refrigerate (preferably, freeze) for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Carefully place the chilled pickle slices in a single layer, without touching in prepared air fryer basket – working in batches – and air fry (air crisp) for 10 – 12 minutes, flipping halfway through until light golden brown.
  • Promptly remove from heat and serve hot with favorite dressing, or on top of your favorite burger or sandwich.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1354mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg
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