Who else loves Fried Pickles with ranch? I know I do and often purchase them at restaurants as an appetizer! But, now that I can easily make them at home with my air fryer and Better Breader XL my cravings are curbed! You can use this kitchen tool for wet or dry batter and can find it on Amazon (affiliate link). This post contains affiliate links and all views expressed are that of my own.
Want to see how to make these crispy air fried pickles in action? Check out my Instagram air fryer pickle video to see how easy they were to prepare.
Air Fried Pickles
Forget greasy, deep-frying and messy stovetop splatters. Using an air fryer that features hot circulating air to cook food, results in a crispy pickle without the need for excessive cooking oil. This results in a better for you appetizer that is lessy messy!
I love these pickles because they are crispy and have just the right amount of coating and flavor. I do think it is crucial that fresh pickle chips be used. You can find fresh pickle chips in the deli area of your market. They are normally in plastic little containers and must be refrigerated. Traditional jarred pickles are too salty and mushy and would not produce a flavorful or crispy end-result.
Tips for Success:
- Dryness is key: Make sure your pickle slices are not sopping wet before adding the seasoned flour coating.
- Don’t overcrowd: Give the pickles space in the air fryer basket for optimal crispiness.
- Fresh pickles matter: Only use refridgerated, fresh pickle chips. Clausen and Grillos make yummy pickle chips that are perfect for air frying.
- Don’t skimp on the seasoning: While you don’t want to add salt to the batter, you dont want to skimp on the cajun, Italian seasoning, or other ingredients.
- Get saucy: Have a variety of dipping sauces on hand to cater to different palates.
- Get creative: Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to the breading for an extra cheesy kick, or toss the cooked pickles with your favorite hot sauce for a spicy twist.
Storing & Reheating
Store leftover air-fried pickles in a single-layer, airtight container. These will last for up to 2 days.
The best way to reheat air-fried pickles is in the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) and cook the pickles for 3-5 minutes, or until they are heated through and crispy.
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Air Fryer Fried Pickle Chips
- Air Fryer
- Better Breader XL
- Measuring Cups & spoons
- 2 cups fresh dill pickle coins *We love Grillo's pickles
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Olive oil cooking spray (non-silicone variety)
- Add the flour and seasoning to the Better Breader XL.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375℉
- Line half the pickle coins on the breading tray.
- Place the cover on and shake for a few seconds.
- Transfer the breaded pickles to an air fryer and spray with olive oil cooking spray on both sides.
- Air fry at 375℉ for 10-12 mins total ( 5-6 minutes per side). The coins will feel crispy and be golden brown.
- Remove from air fryer and repeat until all coins are done.
- Serve warm with ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.