Monday, December 20, 2021

Air Fryer Pickles + Video

Air fryer pickles have zesty flavor and crispy, crunchy breading. Use this recipe to make a healthier version of the restaurant appetizer!

This is a copycat recipe for my favorite Texas Roadhouse fried pickle chips, and they are simply irresistible. You’ll want to keep the whole batch to yourself!

Since they’re lightly breaded and use a fraction of the oil as deep-fried recipes, you can enjoy them guilt-free as well.

Looking for more air fried appetizers? Try your hand at homemade pizza rolls or chicken wings.

I especially love tossing in my favorite frozen fries or onion rings. They come out even crispier than with the oven, and in half the time!

Air Fryer Pickles dipped in ranch

Air Fryer Pickles

Here are some tips and tricks for making the best tasting air fried pickle chips:
  1. Dry them first. Drain the jar and lay out the slices on a paper towel to absorb the excess juice. You’ll want them to be nice and dry so the flour mixture sticks to the surface.
  2. Adjust the seasonings. The cajun seasoning adds both salt and heat to these air fryer pickle chips, so leave it out if you’re sensitive to either. 
  3. Leave space for circulation. When food is crowded or stacked, it can become soggy wherever it overlaps. Keep everything in a single layer with space in between individual slices.
  4. Want them extra crispy? Simply increase the cooking time, checking every minute to two to ensure they don’t burn.
  5. Tips for storage and reheating: While best served fresh, air fryer fried pickles can be kept for 1 to 2 days in an airtight container. Warm them back up at 325°F for a few minutes and don’t forget to spray the basket first.
texas roadhouse fried pickles ingredients

Ingredient notes and substitutions

  • Dill pickle chips - For a sweeter flavor, you could use bread and butter pickles
  • All-purpose flour - To cut the carbs in this recipe, you could use coconut flour or almond flour instead.
  • Spices - I like zesty and spicy flavors, so I use cayenne powder and Cajun seasoning. The flavor of the fried pickles isn’t terribly spicy, but you’re welcome to cut back on the amounts or omit the spices completely.
air fryer pickle chips coated in flour

Air Fryer Pickles Recipe Video

To see us make this delicious and easy appetizer recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Spray bottle of cooking oil - It’s important not to use non-stick sprays that contain a propellant since that can cause the basket to deteriorate over time.
  • Tongs - I love this set of 3, and I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!
texas roadhouse fried pickles in air fryer

Common Recipe Questions

Which brand of pickles is best for frying?

Because brands vary in flavor and thickness, it’s important to try a test batch first. See how they turn out, then adjust the seasoning mixtures and cooking time as needed.

I got the best results with Vlasic Ovals and Great Value (Walmart) hamburger dill chips, though the Walmart brand ones seem to have a better overall flavor.

Can I use pickle spears instead?

Sure, fried pickle spears are delicious too! Depending on how many you are making, you may need to double the amount of flour and seasoning used.

Also, plan on increasing the cooking time since spears are larger and denser.

air fryer pickles baked

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy a plate of air fryer pickles as a game day snack, or serve them alongside your favorite sandwich or gourmet hamburger.

Since these have a little bit of spice to them, they pair really well with any of these creamy sauces:
texas roadhouse fried pickles on a plate


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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air fryer fried pickles are coated in flour and spices to make them extra crunchy and delicious! Make this recipe for an easy appetizer or snack.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 22 Min


  • 2 cups hamburger dill chips, drained
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Olive oil cooking spray (without propellant)
  • dipping sauce of your choice


  1. Place a paper towel on a plate and line with pickle chips. Place another paper towel on top to absorb the pickle juice. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix flour with cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, dried basil, paprika, and garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the air fryer at 360°F for 4 minutes.
  4. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket generously with the olive oil cooking spray.
  5. Place the pickles in the flour mixture until thoroughly coated on both sides. Next, place pickles in the sprayed basket in a single layer(try to keep them from touching each other, and cook in batches). Spray olive oil all over the coated pickles.
  6. Set the air fryer 360°F for 12 minutes, stopping at 6 minutes to pull the basket out and carefully flip the pickles over with a fork or tongues. (Spray the pickles on the opposite side if there are any parts with flour) Continue to cook for the remaining time or until golden brown and desired crispness. Add additional time if desired. Work in batches until all pickles are air fried.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and serve with dipping sauce.
  1. What’s good to dip pickles in?: ranch, southwest ranch, dill dip, blue cheese dressing, aioli or try your favorite creamy dressing.
  2. How do I make fried pickles crispy? The air fryer is a great way to make fried pickles extra crispy. Just make sure to keep your pickles separated in the basket while they are cooking. Cook longer if you like extra crispy pickles. Also make sure that you thoroughly coat the pickles with the flour mixture and then spray with olive oil.
  3. When pickles are touching each other or stacked, they can become soggy in those areas. To avoid soggy pickles, just space them out in a single layer.
  4. How can I store fried pickles? Due to the juicy nature of pickles, it’s best to serve them fresh while hot, but if you do have extras, you can place them in an airtight container for 1-2 days. To reheat, preheat your air fryer to 325°F and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add additional time as necessary. Don’t forget to spray your basket.
  5. How do you warm up fried pickles? I wouldn't microwave these after they have been cooked. They will become very soggy. Just place them in a sprayed air fryer basket and cook them again at a lower temperature, around 325°F for a few minutes.
  6. This recipe was made in the Cosori air fryer, 5.8 quart. If you have a smaller or larger air fryer, you may need to adjust cooking times. Also, if you use more or less pickles than recommended in the recipe, you will need to adjust cook times. Start with lower times and check often until they are cooked as desired.
  7. If you like your pickles only lightly crisped, once you flip them over and start cooking again, just check on them about every 2 minutes to desired crispness.

Air Fryer Pickles closeup

Originally published March 2021, updated and republished December 2021

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1 comment:

  1. I love fried pickles and these in the air fryer are AMAZING!!


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