Air-Fryer Pickles

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 15 min./batch


32 slices

Updated: Sep. 01, 2023
Enjoy deep-fried pickles? You’ll love this version even more. Dill pickle slices are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then air-fried until crispy. Dip them in ranch dressing for an appetizer you won’t soon forget. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado


  • 32 dill pickle slices
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • Cooking spray
  • Ranch salad dressing, optional


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. Let pickles stand on paper towels until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine flour and salt. In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs, pickle juice, cayenne and garlic powder. Combine panko and dill in a third shallow bowl.
  3. Dip pickles in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere. In batches, place pickles in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until golden brown and crispy, 7-10 minutes. Turn pickles; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown and crispy, 7-10 minutes longer. Serve immediately, with ranch dressing if desired.

Air-Fryer Pickle Tips

How does an air fryer work?

The air fryer is essentially an amped-up countertop convection oven. Its compact space facilitates even faster cooking. The top of the unit holds a heating mechanism and a fan. Hot air rushes down and around the food placed in a fryer-style basket. This rapid circulation makes the food crisp, much like deep frying. Learn more about what an air fryer really does to your food.

What other foods can I make in an air fryer?

Air fryers do a fantastic job of cooking frozen foods (or similar recipes made from scratch) that are meant to taste deep-fried. Some of our other favorite air-fryer appetizers are French fries, chicken wings and mozzarella sticks. Maybe best of all, air fryers can bake, too! Be sure to try out our best air-fried recipes.

How can I make my air-fryer pickles extra crispy?

To get your pickles extra crispy, let the pickles drain out as much liquid as possible. Pat them dry before coating, and then coat only when you’re ready to fry them so that the moisture doesn’t soak into the breading. You can also try toasting the bread crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

1 pickle slice: 26 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.