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.
Air Fryer Pickles
Here are some tips and tricks for making the best tasting air fried pickle chips:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Want them extra crispy? Simply increase the cooking time, checking every minute to two to ensure they don’t burn.
- 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.
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.
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.
Since these have a little bit of spice to them, they pair really well with any of these creamy sauces:
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- 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
- 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.
- Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix flour with cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, dried basil, paprika, and garlic powder. Set aside.
- Preheat the air fryer at 360°F for 4 minutes.
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket generously with the olive oil cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from the air fryer and serve with dipping sauce.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published March 2021, updated and republished December 2021
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