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Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles

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Easy Air Fryer Pickles are a healthier version of fried pickles without all the grease and still crispy and satisfying!! Made in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer.

Top picture has the air fried pickles on the tray and the bottom picture is of the pickles piled on a plate, close up.

Not sure you’re aware that I have stomach issues. Can’t eat spicy foods, any citrus, garlic or very little fried foods. This is a perfect option for tummies like mine. Not to mention, it’s actually healthier. Not that I eat all healthy and stuff. But everything done in moderation is better. So, throwing those healthy foods in with the not-so-healthy foods help. Right?

I made these in my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer. So, you may have to adjust some of the instructions for your air fryer.

Can you use batter in an air fryer?

We’ll just get this out of the way. NO! Do not use batter with an air fryer. Most are not made to use “wet” batter in. The drippage (if that’s a word) from the batter could ruin the heating elements in the unit.

How do you make fried pickles from scratch in an air fryer?

To make fried pickles in an air fryer will be very similar to making them in hot oil/deep frying. You would create the “coating” and the air fry it. To make the coating, I used the following ingredients…

  • Egg
  • Heavy Cream
  • Panko
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Flour
  • Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt

You can always add or take away the spices as you desire. For example, use some garlic powder in lieu of or with the onion powder.

Just dip the pickle in the flour mixture, then the egg wash, and finally in the panko/bread crumb mixture. Pop it in the air fryer. That easy.

Ingredients used with Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles

The big time consumer here is you should do this pickle for pickle. At 120 pickles, that takes a little bit of time. Not to mention, you have to count those suckers. I wish they would tell you how many pickles slices are in a jar. That would have cut some time.

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Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles just out of the air fryer on the baking basket.
Top picture has ingredients used to make Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles. The bottom picture has a pile of fried pickles on a plate.
Close up of Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles
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Easy Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Easy Air Fryer Pickles are a healthier version of fried pickles without all the grease and still crispy and satisfying!! Made in the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer pickles panko, easy air fryer fried pickles, easy air fryer pickles, ninja foodit fried pickles recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 Servings (10 pickles each)
Calories 197kcal


  • Ninja Foodi Air Fryer


  • 120 Dill Pickle Slices
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Panko
  • 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


  • Pat dry your pickles.
    Pickles after being pat dry laying on paper towels.
  • In a small bowl beat together egg, heavy cream and black pepper.
    Egg, heavy cream and black pepper whisked in a bowl.
  • Mix the panko and bread crumbs in a bowl. You will be dividing these up.
    Panko and bread crumbs mixed in a bowl.
  • Place 1/2 cup of the panko/bread crumb mix in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, mix the rest of the panko/bread crumbs with the flour, paprika, onion powder and salt.
    Panko/bread crumbs mix, paprika, flour, onion powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Dip each pickle slice in the flour mixture, then the egg wash, then the panko/bread crumb mix until all are coated. **If you run out of egg wash, make another bowl.
    Picture showing the pickles, flour mixture in a bowl, egg wash in a bowl and finally the panko/bread crumb mixture in a bowl. Like an assembly line.
  • Working in batches, air fry pickle slices in a single layer at 390° (on the air fry setting) for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. (I got 40 pickles in one batch. Should take you 3 batches)
    Breaded pickles on the air fryer basket ready to be air fried.
  • Serve with ranch or your choice of dip.
    Pile of air fried pickles on a plate with ranch dressing in the background.


**Remember you can adjust the servings to the recipe for a small batch. Happy Air Frying!!


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 531IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg


  1. I have never tried fried pickles before, but after reading your post, I am crazy to trying them out. I haven’t use an air fryer either – so that’s something I gotta try too very soon.

    Love your blog, keep up the good work.

    Be safe!
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    • I hope you get the chance to try fried pickles. At first, I thought it was the weirdest thing, but once you have one, you’ll want more.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
      Have a great day!

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