How to Make Air Fryer Pickles

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Whip up a batch of these easy air fryer pickles with a bonus recipe for tangy dipping sauce that is perfect for your homemade air fried pickles!

Overhead shot of air fried pickles with a creamy dipping sauce.

I love, love, love fried pickles. They are one of my favorite appetizers to order at Chili’s and it was one of the top things on my list to make with my air fryer at home.

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Other air fryer appetizer recipes we have shared are Air Fryer RavioliAir Fryer Crab RangoonAir Fryer Potato SkinsAir Fryer Mozzarella Sticks, and Air Fryer Apple Chips with Peanut Butter Dip.

Close up of a fried pickle with a bite taken out of it.

Air Fried Pickles FAQ

Do I need to dry off my pickles before air frying them?

No, there is no need to dry off your pickles before coating them in batter. The batter will stick just fine to your pickles and the pickles juice adds that extra delicious flavor.

What sauce goes with pickles?

We love a homemade tangy dipping sauce for pickles made of miracle whip, ketchup, tabasco, and spices. 

Now, I know Miracle Whip is a hot topic. If you prefer Best Foods, please, use it! You are only going to like the flavor of the dipping sauce if you like the flavor of the ingredients. 

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What kind of pickles do I need?

We used dill pickle chips in this recipe. Dill pickles are the way to go but spears may also be used.

Do I need to air fry my pickles in batches?

Yes. You will need to work in batches for this recipe. You do not want to layer your pickles on top of each other or they won’t get crispy all the way around. 

Two air fried pickles dipped into the tangy dipping sauce.

How do you make fried pickles from scratch?

We love this easy air fryer pickles recipe because it uses just 3 ingredients: dill pickle chips, extra crispy Shake ‘N Bake, and olive oil spray.

  1. Start by placing both package of shake ‘n bake in a ziplock bag. Add the pickles (about 1/4 of the jar at a time) and shake until well coated.A bag of shake and bake with pickle coated in the coating.
  2. Place the pickles in a single layer in the air fryer and spray with olive oil (we recommend this refillable olive oil spray bottle). Pickles spaced out inside air fryer.
  3. Cook until golden brown, about 9 minutes at 400ºF. Close up of golden brown air fryer pickles on a white plate.
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

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Air Fryer Pickles Recipe

Aileen Clark
If you love fried pickles then you are going to love this recipe for air fryer pickles that you can easially make at home. The tangy dipping suace makes them an extra tasty appetizer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 439 kcal


  • 1 5-ounce package Kraft Shake 'N Bake Extra Crispy Seasoned Coating Mix for Chicken & Pork
  • 1 16-ounce jar Dill pickle chips, drained
  • Olive Oil Spray

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill
  • 4 shakes Tabasco


  • Empty both packages of shake 'n bake into a gallon-sized zip top bag.
  • Working in batches, place a few pickles inside the bag of shake 'n bake and shake the bag to coat the pickles.
  • Place pickles in a single layer in the air fryer and spray with olive oil spray.
  • Continue fillign the air fryer until the tray or basket is filled with pickles in one single layer, not overlapping.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 9 minutes.
  • Repeat with remaining pickles.
  • To make the sauce, whisk together the Miracle Whip, ketchup, sugar, lemon juice, garlic salt, dill, and Tobasco until fully combined.
  • Serve pickles warm with dipping sauce.


  • For a spicier dipping sauce, add more tobasco.
  • Air fryers very. Keep an eye on your pickles the first time you make them to ensure they don't overcook.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers, up to 3 days.


Serving: 1/8 cup picklesCalories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 14gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 870mgFiber: 2gSugar: 65g
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  1. I love fried pickles and it so hard to find them where I live but last time I tried making fried pickles in my air fryer, the batter came right off. Have you ever experienced this or do you have any suggestions? Thanks for sharing!