Crispy Air Fried Pickles

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Crispy Air Fried Pickles

Lightly seasoned, breaded, and air-fried, these crispy dill pickle chips are the perfect summer appetizer or side dish when burgers and hot dogs are on the menu. 

Summer and pickles go hand in hand.  Whether you are serving pickles with a burger, or relish on a hot dog, you can also serve pickles as a side with this scrumptious air-fried pickle recipe.

I first tried fried pickles at the Viewhouse restaurant.  They serve hot, fresh fried pickles while you wait for your food and I must say it was love at first bite!  I love pickles – but only dill pickles.   Keep the sweet pickles far away, in fact, not a single member of my household likes sweet pickles or relish. 

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about pickles.  Because not all pickles are alike!   

Pickles are made from sliced cucumbers that are “pickled” in a brine of vinegar, dill, salt, and spices.   Many pickle manufacturers add artificial colors and preservatives to pickles to make them look green and extend the shelf life. 

Safeway has launched a line of new Open Nature Pickles.   Choose from Hamburger Dill Pickle Chips, Dill Pickle Slices, Dill Pickle Spears, or Bread & Butter Pickles. 

The Open Nature Pickles have no artificial colors or flavors.  There is all-natural turmeric added as a color enhancer, but turmeric is known to have many health benefits.  Because the pickles are jarred and a shelf-stable item, rather than fresh, there are still some preservatives to extend the shelf life.

How are Open Nature Pickles Different from conventional pickles? 

First – you’ll find no added artificial colors!

The conventional pickle chips are saltier, sourer, and have a stronger vinegar flavor.  Whereas the Open Nature pickles were still crunchy, they were slightly softer and much milder in flavor than the Signature SELECT counterparts.  

In addition, the Open Nature Hamburger pickle chips are cut much larger than the Signature SELECT pickle chips.

We did a family blind taste test and all agreed that the Open Nature pickles were superior in flavor.  When it came to the texture, however, the kids preferred the crunch of the conventional pickle chips.

I prefer the Open Nature pickles because they are not overpowering, have a perfect flavor, and have no artificial colors or flavors.  Lastly, I like the size of the pickle chips much better than the smaller pickle chips in the Signature SELECT pickle jar.   

They are perfect for making fried pickles, adding to burgers, using in a hot dog bar, or making a dill pickle dip!

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How to Make Air Fried Dill Pickles?

Ingredients

  • Open Nature Hamburger Dill Pickle Chips or Slices
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (traditional flour may be used)
  • 2 eggs
  • a few dashes of hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs (I used whole wheat panko)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • olive oil cooking spray

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Directions

Drain the pickles well and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place the flour in one bowl, the eggs with tabasco in another bowl, and the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a third bowl to create your dredging station. 

Whisk the eggs and tabasco until blended.  Stir the panko and seasonings to incorporate. 

Dredge the pickle chips in the flour, then the egg, then the seasoned panko.  Set the breaded pickle chips in the air fryer basket.  Once you have a layer of pickle chips, spray with non-stick olive oil spray, then cook at 400° F for 5 minutes.  

Turn the pickles over in the basket, spray again and cook for another 2 minutes. 

 

Best Pickles to use for Fried Pickles

Thick pickle chips or pickle slices are the best for the fried pickles.  I would not suggest using the spears – it was too much pickle to breading ratio in my opinion. 

Looking for another pickle recipe – be sure to try my dill pickle dip

It’s perfect with crunchy chips on a hot summer day!

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Air Fried Pickle Chips

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried pickle chips, air fried pickles, air fryer pickles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
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Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • Open Nature Hamburger Dill Pickle Chips or Slices
  • 1/2 cup almond flour traditional flour may be used
  • 2 eggs
  • a few dashes of hot sauce like Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs I used whole wheat panko
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

  • Drain the pickles well and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the flour in one bowl, the eggs with tabasco in another bowl, and the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a third bowl to create your dredging station.
  • Whisk the eggs and tabasco until blended.  Stir the panko and seasonings to incorporate.
  • Dredge the pickle chips in the flour, then the egg, then the seasoned panko.  Set the breaded pickle chips in the air fryer basket.  Once you have a layer of pickle chips, spray with non-stick olive oil spray, then cook at 400° F for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the pickles over in the basket, spray again and cook for another 2 minutes.

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