Crispy Air Fryer Pickles

published Sep 1, 2021
Air Fryer Pickles Recipe

This any-occasion recipe is an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer that's sure to get devoured in record time.

Serves4

Prep12 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 45 minutes

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Air Fryer Pickles on a plate, with a creamy sauce on the left side.
Credit: Kelli Foster

When I want an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer that will get devoured in record time, fried pickles are my go-to. Made in the air fryer, these crispy, crunchy, cornmeal-coated pickles are packed with an amazing salty, tangy flavor. Be prepared to get asked for the recipe.

We’ve already shown you how to make oven-fried pickles — now here’s everything you need to know about making the most irresistible crispy pickles in your air fryer. Grab your favorite jar from the grocery store, reach for those homemade dill pickles, or even some quick-pickled cucumber slices, and let’s get cooking!

How Do I Make Fried Pickles Crispy?

  1. Dry the pickles. Drying the pickles is an important step that helps prevent the coating from sliding off. Drain the pickles well, lay them out in a single layer on a large sheet of paper towels, then pat them dry on top.
  2. Whip the egg white. Use either a whisk, electric mixer, or stand mixer to whip one egg white until soft peaks form. Add the pickle chips and toss to fully coat. The egg white helps the coating cling to the pickles really well, and encourages a crispy, crunchy outer layer.
  3. Coat with cornmeal and flour. Add cornmeal, all-purpose flour, and Cajun seasoning to a large zip-top bag, then add the pickles and toss to coat, Shake n’ Bake-style. It’s a faster, easier method than dredging the pickles one by one. 
  4. Air-fry. Place the pickles in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air-fry until golden-brown and crispy. Expect to cook up two, maybe three, batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

How to Make Fried Pickles in the Air Fryer Without Breadcrumbs

This recipe is proof that you don’t need breadcrumbs to make super-crispy fried pickles in the air fryer. Our favorite approach is tossing the pickles with a whipped egg white then coating them with a mix of cornmeal and flour. It makes for a light and crunchy coating that doesn’t totally fall apart or slide off the pickle when you take a bite.

The whipped egg white is a little on the sticky side, which means it helps the coating cling to the pickles really well. Plus it’s light and fluffy, so it encourages a crunchy, rather than soggy, coating. 

Credit: Kelli Foster

What Dipping Sauces Should I Pair with Air Fryer Pickles?

There are truly no wrong answers here! We included our favorite dipping sauce in the recipe. You can mix it together in just a couple of minutes with mayo, ketchup, black pepper, and garlic powder. It’s tangy and savory, with a little kick.

We also love the following:

Air Fryer Pickles Recipe

This any-occasion recipe is an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer that's sure to get devoured in record time.

Prep time 12 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 45 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) jar

    dill pickle chips or ovals (60 to 65 pickles or 40 to 45 ovals)

  • 1

    large egg white

  • 1/2 cup

    yellow cornmeal

  • 1/3 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon

    Cajun seasoning

  • Cooking spray

  • 1/4 cup

    mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons

    ketchup

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Heat an air fryer to 400°F. Meanwhile, drain 1 (16-ounce) jar pickle chips or ovals. Place the pickles on paper towels in a single layer, then pat the tops dry with more paper towels.

  2. Place 1 large egg white in a medium bowl and whisk until soft white peaks form, about 5 minutes. Add the pickles to the egg white and stir gently to coat.

  3. Place 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning in a large zip-top bag. Seal the bag and gently shake to combine.Transfer the pickles to the bag. Seal again and shake the bag to coat the pickles evenly in the cornmeal mixture, pressing gently to help the coating adhere to the pickles. Separate any pickles that may have stuck together and toss again with the coating.

  4. Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Working in 2 batches, place the pickles in a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray the tops with more cooking spray. Air-fry until lightly golden and crispy, 10 to 15 minutes. Before adding the next batch, shake the bag to redistribute the coating over the remaining pickles.

  5. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce: Place 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl, and stir to combine.

  6. Serve the pickles warm or at room temperature with the dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

The dipping sauce can be made up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated in a covered container. It’s best to serve pickle chips the day they’re air-fried.