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Air Fried Pickles

by Karly

We made these air fried pickles with just a hint of Cajun seasoning. They cook in just ten minutes and come out so crispy!

a fried pickle being held up to the camera

Fried pickles are one of our favorite appetizers to order when we’re at a restaurant. The tanginess of the pickle, the crunch of the breading, and the ranch we use for dipping all just work together to make the BEST appetizer!

You can start with a whole pickle that you slice or yourself or you can buy dill pickle chips. We love Claussen pickles, but any brand that you enjoy will work well here.

For the crispiness, we used panko bread crumbs in the breading. These are light, airy, and super crispy. Panko is perfect for just about every air fryer fried food.

If you want to make this appetizer a big hit, serve it with some homemade ranch dressing. This is slightly thicker than the bottled stuff, so it is great for dipping!

crispy fried pickles next to ranch dip.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Dill pickle slices – Use your favorite brand. We prefer Claussen.
  • Panko bread crumbs – Regular bread crumbs can be substituted, but these won’t turn out nearly as crispy. A little hack you can use in a pinch, that isn’t as good but close, is to crumble up some Ritz crackers.
  • Cajun seasoning – This adds just a little kick to the breading. We love Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning.
  • Paprika – We use smoked paprika for the best flavor, but regular is fine as well.

How to make air fryer pickles:

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  • Your pickles need to be dry for the breading to crisp up, so lay them out on a paper towel and pat them dry.
  • You will need three shallow bowls. In the first, add flour and cajun seasoning and stir well to combine. In the second add the eggs and whisk until smooth. In the last, add the panko, garlic powder, and paprika and stir those until mixed well.
  • Take your pickles one at a time and dip them into the flour, then the egg, then the panko. Do your best to coat them evenly and be sure to get both sides.
  • Spritz your air fryer basket with oil spray. We use this oil spritzer.
pickle chips arranged in air fryer basket.
  • Arrange the pickles evenly in an air fryer basket and do not stack them. Work in batches if needed.
  • Spritz the pickle slices with oil.
  • Cook at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Flip halfway through.
crispy fried pickles in air fryer basket.

What you should serve with your fried pickles:

Fried pickles are primarily served as an appetizer. Frequently, with other appetizers or before an easy meal.

If you are trying to make a group of appetizers you could consider keto avocado fries or kale chips for your diet-conscious attendees.

Sausage stuffed mushrooms are a great air fryer appetizer. And anyone who has navigated our website for any time knows I absolutely love sweet potato fries!

Recipe FAQ:

I bought frozen pickles that were already breaded. How long do I cook the frozen pickles in the air fryer?

10-12 minutes at 400 degrees F. You want them to be golden in color, so check them at 10 minutes and go a bit longer if needed. That being said, our made from scratch ones are better than frozen ones!

How do I store and reheat the leftovers?

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them, but that is best to do after breading and before frying. If you cooked them, keep them in the fridge. You can reheat them in the air fryer at 375 degrees F for 5-7 minutes.

My pickles are cloudy, can I still eat them?

You shouldn’t. This is a sign of fermentation and they won’t be good, nor as healthy as they otherwise would be.

pile of fried pickles surrounding a bowl of ranch dip.

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pile of fried pickles next to a bowl of ranch dip.

Air Fried Pickles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These crispy air fryer pickles are the perfect snack or appetizer to make at home. They turn out just as crisp as the traditional fried pickle, without all of the grease!


  • 2 cups dill pickle slices
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Drain the pickles and lay on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Pat the dill pickles dry.
  2. Add the flour and Cajun seasoning to a shallow bowl and stir to combine. 
  3. Add the eggs to a second bowl and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the panko, garlic powder, and paprika to a third shallow bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Dip the pickles first into the flour, then the egg, and then panko being careful to coat the pickles evenly. 
  6. Arrange the pickles in an even layer in an air fryer basket. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. 
  7. Air fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping the pickles over halfway through. After 10 minutes, check pickles for crispness and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes to reach your desired level of crispness.
  8. Serve immediately.


We use Tony Chachere's seasoning for the Cajun seasoning. You may use any type of Cajun seasoning you like or swap it for another type of seasoning blend.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1650mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

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Katie March 2, 2021 - 1:45 am

Recipe for the dipping sauce?

Karly March 2, 2021 - 12:49 pm

It’s linked in the blog post. It’s a homemade ranch.

June Leathers February 11, 2021 - 10:40 pm

Can sweet bread & butter pickles be used in this receipe?

Karly February 12, 2021 - 12:20 pm

Sure! They’ll cook just the same as dill.


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