Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Air Fryer Pickles (Texas Roadhouse Copycat)

Air fryer pickles are coated in flour and spices to make them extra crunchy and delicious! Make this recipe for an easy appetizer or snack.

Enjoy these as a guilt-free snack since air fryer pickles are lightly breaded and use a fraction of the oil as deep-fried recipes!

If you are looking for more crispy air fried appetizers, I have recipes for onion rings, cauliflower, and even chicken wings in four different flavors!

Texas Roadhouse Pickles in dip

How To Make Air Fryer Pickles

First, drain the pickle chips and lay them out on a paper towel to absorb the juice. You’ll want them to be nice and dry so the seasoning sticks to the surface.

>Combine the flour and spices in a small bowl, then add the rounds and toss until well coated. 

Next, spray the fryer basket with oil and add the dredged chips, working in batches as needed.

Cook for about 12 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, flipping them over halfway through.

Ingredients Air Fryer Pickles

Serving Suggestions

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

These are a copycat of my favorite Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles. They are amazing!

Since these have a little bit of spice to them, they pair really well with creamy sauces.

drying pickle chips on paper towel

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Leave space for circulation. When the pickles are crowded or stacked, they can become soggy wherever they are touching each other. Keep them in a single layer with space in between individual slices.
  • Want them extra crispy? Simply cook them a bit longer, checking every couple of minutes so they don’t burn.
  • Adjust the seasonings. Remove the cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper to make these less spicy. You may also want to leave out the cajun seasoning if you find them to be too salty.
  • Tips for storage and reheating: While best served fresh, homemade 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.

pickle chips in breading

What You Will Need For Homemade Fried Pickles

  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes will 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!

Pickles in the air fryer

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Which brand is the best for air fryer pickles?

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 seemed to have a better overall flavor.

homemade air fried pickles

Can I make air fried pickle spears instead?

Sure! 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.


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Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles in dip

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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Pickles

Air Fryer Pickles

Air fryer 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.

Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles in dip

Originally published March 2021


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