These low carb and keto air fryer fried pickles are breaded with crushed pork rinds, and so crunchy and addicting! They are way easier to make than deep fried pickles.
The first time I tried fried pickles was about 3 years ago. It was such a new concept to me that even though I was gluten free, I tried several of them at a bar and couldn’t believe how delicious they were. I definitely didn’t feel well afterwards being gluten intolerant, but I remember thinking that it was totally worth it. They were that good!
Because it was love at first bite, I definitely had keto fried pickles on my list to make when I bought myself an air fryer. After making these air fryer pickles a few times, I’m honestly so stoked at how delicious and crispy they are!
Making fried pickles in the air fryer is so much easier than the traditional deep fried pickles and the cleanup is a breeze as well. These air fried pickles are made low carb by using ground up pork rinds rather than breadcrumbs, but the texture is still so crunchy and crispy. I love that they are way healthier than the original version and I honestly couldn’t stop eating these!
How to Make Air Fryer Fried Pickles
Because these are low carb and keto fried pickles, the breading ingredients may be a bit different but the process is quite similar to regular fried pickles.
- dill pickle slices (or “pickle chips”)
- coconut flour
- pork panko: ground-up pork rinds
- garlic powder
- salt & pepper
Step by Step Instructions
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Remove moisture from the pickle chips with a paper towel and place in a lbowl.
- Add the pickles in the flour and toss to coat.
- In another bowl, crack and whisk the egg.
- In a separate bowl, stir together pork panko, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Working in batches, dredge the pickle slices in the egg mixture, then shake off the excess.
- Press into the pork panko mixture to coat on all sides, then transfer to a plate. Repeat with the rest of the pickle slices.
- Arrange the prepared pickle slices in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in a few batches if you have a smaller air fryer basket.
- For an extra crispy texture, spray pickles with avocado oil cooking spray or any other oil of your choice.
- Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping then spraying with avocado oil again halfway through.
- Serve immediately with ranch, or your favorite dip!
The coconut flour mixture and the egg mixture help the pork panko stick so you have deliciously crispy fried pickles in the air fryer and you won’t be able to stop eating! It only takes 10 minutes of cook time and you don’t have to worry about oil splattering on your skin or clothes.
Frequently Asked Questions about Air Fryer Fried Pickles
If you are using frozen fried pickles that already come breaded, all you have to do is cook for the the same time and at same temperature as this recipe. No need to defrost or prepare in any other way!
Make sure to pat dry the slices well in the beginning with a paper towel before coating the pickles in the flour to remove as much moisture as possible. It’s also best to eat these right away so they are crispy and delicious.
The best way to reheat these keto fried pickles is to place them back in the air fryer for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees F until they crisp up again.
Fried pickles will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator stored in an airtight container.
I love these fried pickles with ranch dressing, but you can enjoy them with any other dipping sauce you prefer! Chipotle mayo, roasted garlic aioli, or even ketchup are all great choices.
Tips for Making These Keto Fried Pickles
Making fried pickles in the air fryer is pretty simple but I want to share some tips and tricks to make them extra crispy and delicious.
- Dill pickles are traditionally used to make fried pickles, but you can use any kind of pickles you like. I also find that the slices crisp up better than pickle spears. I think this is because the thin slices cook faster, and has more surface area to crisp up than pickle spears.
- Pork panko just means ground up pork rinds. You can crush them yourself, but I love buying these ground up ones to save time.
- I highly recommend you taste the pickles before breading them to decide if you want to add salt to the pork panko mixture. Mine was plenty salty enough so I didn’t need to add any.
- You may need to work in batches to cook these air fried pickles. They taste best if they are cooked in a single layer, and depending on your air fryer, the surface area may not be big enough to fit all the pickles.
- You can get these air fryer pickles extra crispy if you use cooking spray or brush them with cooking oil before you cook each side. I use this avocado oil spray and it works really well for this.
If you end up making these keto fried pickles, leave a comment and let me know how you like them! They are definitely one of my favorite recipes to make in the air fryer.
Other Air Fryer Recipes to Try…
Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Pat dry the pickle slices with a kitchen or paper towel and place in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle the pickles with coconut flour and toss gently so all sides are coated.
- In a separate bowl, crack and whisk the egg.
- In another bowl, mix together pork panko, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Working in batches, dredge the pickle slices in the egg wash.
- Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the pickle slices.
- Arrange the dill pickle slices in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- For extra crispy pickles, spray or brush the pickles with avocado oil.
- Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping then spraying (or brunshing) with avocado oil again halfway through.
- Serve immediately with ranch dressing, or your favorite dip!
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