I have to admit, I haven’t pulled out my air fryer in a little while. No real reason. I find that once I set it out on my counter (otherwise it’s tucked away in a kitchen cabinet next to my slow cooker), I suddenly am in the mood to make air fried okra and air fried French fries all week. Lately, I have been experimenting with air fried pickles and I am happy to report I have a recipe/method I feel works best (sharing below). I wonder if it’s the prospect of summer on the horizon that has me in the mood for fried food. It’s exactly the kind of thing you can buy at a fair or outdoor festival. Fried pickles are probably my all-time favorite savory fried food (funnel cake being the sweet counterpart).
These air fried pickles are crispy and lightly breaded. Although much lighter than a deep fried version, these are totally satisfying. These can be a little tedious to make—not something I would recommend putting on the menu for a big crowd. Bu these air fried pickles are PERFECT for a two-person at-home happy hour snack. And I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make at-home date nights a little more special for when we need them.
I’m going to put the entire recipe and steps in the printable recipe card below, but here are the basics:
Dry the pickles. Use cotton towels or paper towels to soak up the excess liquid.
Bread the pickles twice. Dip in the batter once, going through the entire batch. Then do them once more before frying.
Air fry twice. Fry once for six minutes, then toss in a little more flour and oil and fry again.
If you plan to fry an entire (16-ounce) jar of pickles, you’ll likely need to do this in 3-4 batches because you don’t want to crowd the air fryer. If the pickles touch or overlap as they air fry, they won’t get as crispy.
My only note on these is you’ll want to eat them right away. Once they get cold they are just not as good. This is true of most fried foods, I guess, but I thought it was especially true of these air fried pickles. So a great project for two people who are maybe having a little at-home happy hour, but not a great project for a large crowd or to make ahead. Cheers! xo. Emma
Air Fried Pickles
simple recipe to make crispy air fried pickles
- 16 ounce jar of dill pickles
- 2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon all purpose spice Old Bay, Cavendar's, etc.
- 2 teaspoons oil canola, vegetable, or olive
Drain the pickles from the jar juice and pat dry.
On a small plate, stir together the flour and spice.
Dip one batch-worth of pickles in the flour. Once you have dipped them all, coating completely, dip them again. Giving them a second coating of flour.
Add the prepared pickles to the heated air fryer. It should be 356°F. Air fry for six minutes.
Carefully remove the pickles to a small mixing bowl. Toss in a little flour and 1/2 teaspoon oil. Fry again for six minutes.
Continue until you've air fried all the pickles, in 3-4 batches.