I'm not a big fan of pickles, but I love parmesan cheese and anything savory and fried. Today's post goes along with my Air Fryer Fried Pickle video over on my Lifestyle Channel, More Serein (and Chris). Incase you don't know, Chris and I purchased an air fryer a few weeks ago thanks to my friend Samantha (check out her Instagram and YouTube channel). After seeing her facebook posts of all the yummy foods she was making in her air fryer, I had to have one. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

Below is the full breakdown of ingredients and step by step how to make your own "healthier" fried pickles at home. Who doesn't want healthier junk food?

air fryer fried pickles ingredients


My favorite thing about the air fryer is how easy it is to use and clean up. We went with the Chefman air fryer for about $80 at Best Buy. You can find the exact model HERE. We've had it for over a month now and it's still working great. The air fryer has become a daily appliance for us and it was definitely worth the price we spent on it. 


  • Pickles (the thinner the better)
  • Panko breading (we prefer the gluten free/ Italian option, but any will do)
  • Parmesan cheese (the pre ground kind)
  • Salt/ Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper (for a bit of kick)
  • Any other seasoning you'd like (garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)
  • 1 Egg
  • Oil Spray (preferably grapeseed oil for high heat)


Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.

Drain the pickle slices well.

In a medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cup panko breading with parmesan cheese, and seasonings to taste.

In a separate bowl whisk the egg. 

Dip the pickle slices 1 or a few at a time in egg. Place dipped pickle in breading mixture. You'll want to press the breading into the pickles well so when you place in the air fryer the breading won't be blown off. Place the breaded pickles on a plate. 

Spray the air fryer with a light coat of oil. 

Place the breaded pickles in a single layer in the air fryer, spray with oil again.  

Bake for 6 minutes, check, flip, and bake another 6 minutes. 

Baking times may vary, keep an eye on it and take out when the breading has a nice golden crisp, as pictured. 


Serve hot with a side of yogurt ranch for dipping. I like to mix 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt with a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch. This is a slightly healthier version with protein compared to traditional Ranch dressing.

While my first batch of pickles are frying, I will bread the 2nd batch (you'll have to add breading and seasoning mix as you go). We love this satisfying snack, perfect for parties! 

air fryer fried pickles

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  1. Ashley Turpen
    March 19, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Omg I saw someone on Instagram that had made air fryer French Toast sticks….probably not the healthiest but it sounded delicious!! Something that I have really been eating a ton of is popcorn. It satisfies that crunch that potato chips used to give me but not nearly as fatty. There are a ton of really good light popcorn options too!!

    • Serein Wu
      March 19, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Oh I need to make a flavored air pop popcorn to help with the chip cravings I think! The pickles have helped, but they do take a little time to make. Popcorn would be way faster and easier :-p

    • Serein Wu
      March 19, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

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