Air Fryer Dill Pickle Spears Recipe by Aileen Clark

Air Fryer Dill Pickle Spears Recipe by Aileen Clark

Fried pickles are a zesty, crunchy treat! This recipe uses dill pickle spears and double breads them with a spiced bread crumb mixture that enhances the flavor of the pickles. These air fryer pickles are best eaten the same day they’re made and can be served with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce. Remember: It’s very important to dry the pickles fully, as that will help the batter cling to the pickles.

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes (per batch)


CALORIES: 120 | FAT: 2g | SODIUM: 1,014mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 20g | FIBER: 1g | SUGAR: 2g | PROTEIN: 5g

Serves 6 (2 spears each)

  • 1 (24-ounce) jar dill pickle spears
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.

2. Remove pickles from jar and dry with paper towels.

3. In one shallow bowl, place flour and mix in ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In another shallow bowl, place eggs. In a third shallow bowl, place bread crumbs and mix in remaining 1 ½ teaspoons salt, remaining ¾ teaspoon pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.

4. Dredge each pickle spear in flour mixture, turning to coat. Then dip pickle in eggs, lightly shaking to remove any excess. Finally, dip pickle in bread crumb mixture, turning to evenly coat, then dip coated pickle again in eggs and then bread crumbs.

5. Spray inside of air fryer with olive oil spray before each batch. Working in batches, arrange pickles inside air fryer so they are not touching. Air fry 9 minutes.

6. Remove from air fryer, then serve.


If you prefer air fryer pickle slices, you can substitute the dill pickle spears with dill pickle slices. Follow the recipe as directed, making sure to space out the slices in the air fryer. More batches may be required.

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