Lightened Up “Fried” Pickles

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Lightened Up "Fried" Pickles

Let it be known – if fried pickles are on a restaurant menu, there is a 99% chance that I will be ordering them. There is something so satisfying about crunchy pickles in an even crunchier coating. These lightened up “fried” pickles are the perfect homemade substitute for your restaurant fave, and the best part? No oil required! Try these out with my dipping sauce recipe, or my homemade ranch

How do these get their lightened up twist?

If you have been following me for a while now, you know I live for my air fryer. I personally use the InstantPot Duo Crisp pressure cooker + air fryer, but there are many, many options out on the market right now.

If you have not used an air fryer before, they are a great way to keep the crunch with no oil required. Dare I say, you may not know that these lightened up “fried” pickles are not deep fried.

Lightened Up "Fried" Pickles

Panko vs Bread Crumbs

To make these pickle chips, I used standard bread crumbs. I love the texture of panko bread crumbs, but I do find that they come out underwhelming in the air fryer. Panko tends to lend better when shallow or deep fried, but I will keep trying to make it work in the air fryer so stay tuned!

How to make your breading stick?

To give these pickles their perfect, crunchy exterior, I double-dredged these in the breadcrumb mixture. That means going from egg to breadcrumbs, back to the egg, and back to the breadcrumbs.

They key is to set up an “assembly line”, starting with all-purpose flour, next with eggs, and finally with seasoned breadcrumbs. The flour is very important, as it will dry off the surface of the pickles, allowing the breading to stick.

My tip to you is to keep one hand for dry dredging, and the other for the egg. If you mix your hands up, you will end up with breaded fingers – no thank you!

Lightened Up "Fried" Pickles
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Lightened Up “Fried” Pickles

  • Author: The Sassy Foodie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These lightened up “fried” pickles are the perfect homemade substitute for your restaurant fave, and the best part? No oil required!



  • 2 cups Round-sliced bread and butter pickles, strained and dried off
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 Eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup Seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dipping Sauce 

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 tbsp Adobo sauce


  1. Breading Prep: Create a 3-stage breading station, with flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs with seasonings in three separate shallow dishes in breading dishes 
  2. Breading: Coat the pickles in flour and dust off excess, dip in egg, and toss and coat in the breadcrumbs. ⁣Dip in egg again, and back in the breadcrumbs.
  3. Air Fry: Arrange the pickles in the air fryer, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Air fry for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. 
  4. Dipping Sauce: While the pickles are air frying, mix together the ingredients for the dipping sauce.


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  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fried, Pickle, Chips, Appetizer, Healthy


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