Healthier air fried pickles made with better for you ingredients – a crispy and delicious snack that’s so easy to make and even easier to eat!
Fried pickles are probably my favorite appetizer, EVER. So, why not make them a bit healthier and homemade!?
Pro tip: use spicy pickle chips for extra flavor and little kick 😉 I get the hot and spicy ones from Trader Joe’s and they go perfectly with this recipe.
My husband has been wanting an air fryer for years now. We finally got the Crux 5.3 QT Air Convection Fryer and now I’m not sure how I ever lived without. I was against getting one for the longest time. First of all, we barely have enough storage space for the kitchen appliances and gadgets we own. Also, I wasn’t sure if I’d even use it. Nothing’s worse than kitchen gadgets that just sit in the cabinet. However, I was so wrong. I use this thing almost daily. The minimal time it takes to cook things compared to the oven is crazy and worth it in itself. I quickly learned what the air fryer craze was about. It would make the best holiday gift, just saying!
Some of my other favorite air fryer recipes on my blog: loaded buffalo fries, banh mi fries, cauliflower cheese bombs, and crispy brussel sprouts. What do I cook most in my air fryer? FRIES.. definitely fries. Also, these fried pickles, Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, and brussel sprouts. The options are really endless.
These healthier fried pickles took less than 12 minutes to cook in my air fryer. They were so full of flavor and, but a whole lot less greasy than usual. The air fryer still gets them super crispy but without the crazy amount of oil you get when you pan fry them. I dipped them in Sir Kensington’s buffalo ranch, so good!
The key to good fried pickles is to pat them down before breading them to remove some excess liquid. This way they’ll get crispier while they cook!Print
1.5 – 2 cups pickle chips (I like using Trader Joe’s hot and spicy ones for a kick)
1/3 cup blanched almond flour (you can use all-purpose if preferred)
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (gluten-free if desired)
1/2 tsp paprika, optional
salt and pepper to taste
non-stick cooking spray
Dry the pickle chips with paper towels really well to remove excess moisture. This step is very important!
In a small bowl whisk together the two eggs, in another small bowl add flour, and in another add the breadcrumbs, paprika, salt and pepper.
Spray your air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray (I used olive oil spray)
Dip each pickle chip in the flour, then carefully dip into the egg, then the breadcrumbs then place into the air fryer.
Generously spray the pickles with non-stick spray.
Cook on 400 degrees (or highest temperature) for 5-6 minutes, flip then cook another 3-4 minutes or longer if you think they can be crispier (you may have to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer)
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
*if you don’t have an air fryer you can make these in a skillet with oil!