Air fryer fried pickles are the bomb! Paired with dill dip they’re the best low carb crunchy snack or appetizer you will ever try. These are truly addicting!
You MUST try these air fryer fried pickles!! Maybe you’ve tried them at Texas Roadhouse and know how incredible they are. This is a great low carb fried pickles air fryer recipe you can make at home. (originally published 6/19, affiliate links present)
I was a bit skeptical myself and didn’t try these until I took a trip to Florida for my cousin’s wedding.
Having dinner with my relatives, we saw them and thought we’d order some to share. Now I make Ninja foodi pickles at home.
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Air Fryer Pickles
We’ve created a lot of air fryer recipes but these get an “OH MY” from everyone who tries them.
But when you are talking about making the best air fryer appetizer, this tops the list.
You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make fried pickles.
Just start with a small bowl, paper towels, and this simple coconut flour mixture. You’ll need an electric air fryer too of course. Any brand will do.
To make your low carb fried pickle batter this is what we used.
- Pork rinds
- Coconut flour or other flour substitute
- We used spears
- You could use slices
- Refrigerated Claussen are better than those stored and sold on a shelf, they’re crispier
Panko bread crumbs can also be used alternatively, but isn’t as good.
Dill dip ingredients are:
- Sour cream
- Or use pickle juice
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
You could use ranch dressing or fry sauce as a dipping sauce too.
There are several sizes and ways to prepare your pickles.
- Tip 1 – Buy whole pickles and slice them yourself for a crisper outcome.
- If you use already sliced pickle spears just note there is a difference. The latter will save time though.
- 2 – Make this with dill pickles vs. sweet, that’s our preference.
- The thicker the spears the better. Timing may vary a bit if you use slices instead since they are smaller.
- 3 – Buy jars that are sold cold in the store, near the deli meats. I prefer this because the pickles will be a bit firmer to start with.
- They are just a bit more expensive but SO worth it in the end.
- These taste like deep fried pickles but way healthier with NO oil required.
The biggest tip is you need to really pat dry the dill pickle slices or dials with paper towels. Removing the moisture is vital to getting the breading to stick.
I prefer Claussen pickles personally, they have a great texture. You can find them near the lunch meat in the fridge section of your grocery store.
Why are Claussen pickles refrigerated?
- They are not pasteurized, nor are they heat processed like pickles on non-refrigerated shelves.
- Slightly more expensive they are well worth it!
- They’re also Kosher if that is important to you.
I kid you not, you won’t know these weren’t fried. They come out just as crunchy and crispy as if they were.
BUT you won’t get that oily aftertaste or extra fat content.
Like I said, we used our Ninja Foodi to make our air fryer pickles.
- BUT if you have an Instant Pot you can buy this pressure cooker air fryer lid and make them with that too!
Looking for other easy air fryer recipes?
- Air fryer fried chicken is yummy with sweet potatoes in the air fryer.
- Our easy air fryer wings recipe has a dry rub and needs NO sauce they’re so good.
- Eggs rolls are always a yummy appetizer.
- We have lots of other Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes we have those too.
Tater tots in an air fryer are fun and super crunchy too.
If you’re new to using an air fryer you will surely get addicted like I have! I love it because I don’t have to turn on the oven when it is HOT during the summertime.
It also gets foods much crispier than the “traditional” method of throwing it on a sheet pan.
- Food gets super crispy in no time at all and it’s a lot healthier than frying for sure.
After this try our air fryer dinner recipes!
Time needed: 7 minutes.
Air Fryer Fried Pickles
Slice pickle spears in half lengthwise and pat the pickle really well with paper towels to dry them off. In a bowl whisk eggs. In another bowl combine flour with any seasonings you want.
Use food processor or put in baggie and use rolling pin to crush pork rinds into fine crumbs. Add this to a 3rd bowl.
Dip pickle in flour, then dredge in egg mixture, then cover in pork rinds. Spray inside of preheated air fryer basket with non stick spray.
Lay coated pickle spears in air fryer basket in a single layer making sure to not overlap them. Cook at 400 degrees F for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
Now whisk together ingredients for dipping sauce in a bowl so that will be ready. Take out or check and see if you want them crunchier when time is up. Dip in sauce and enjoy!
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Ninja Foodi Fried Pickles
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Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Slice pickle spears in half lengthwise and use paper towels to dry them off.
- In a bowl beat eggs. In another bowl put in coconut flour.
- Use food processor or put in baggie and use rolling pin to crush pork rinds into fine crumbs. Add this to a 3rd bowl.
- Dip pickle in flour, then dredge in egg, then cover in pork rinds. Spray inside of air fryer basket with non stick spray.
- Lay coated pickle spears in air fryer basket making sure to not overlap them.
- Set to 400 degrees for 7 minutes.
- Now whisk together ingredients for dipping sauce in a bowl so that will be ready.
- Take out or check and see if you want them crunchier when time is up. Dip in sauce and enjoy!