If you are a pickle fanatic like me, you are going to love biting into these crisp gluten free fried pickles. You can fry these in hot oil, or use your air fryer to make gluten free air fried pickles! My easy directions will have you snacking on these in just minutes!

A platter of gluten free air fryer pickles and ranch dressing.

I have been a self-professed pickle fanatic since I was a little girl. My Grandparents would take me to the neighborhood deli, where there was a big container of pickles on every table. I could eat half of the big of pickles! It wasn’t until I lived in Austin that I had my first fried pickles.

It has been years since I even thought about those pickles. They were fried crisp and then dipped into ranch dressing. I felt it was time to try to recreate this treasured appetizer!

If you love to air fry foods as much as we do, check out more of my delicious Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes. If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

Why I love this gluten-free air-fried pickle recipe:

  1. There is no question these are the best air-fried pickles!
  2. I decided to make this gluten free fried pickles recipe healthier by air frying the pickles. If you love a deep-fried pickle, I have included directions for you to fry the pickles in oil.
  3. If you are air-frying your pickles, you only need about 15 minutes to make this recipe!

If you are serving lots of appetizers, try these crispy Air Fryer Mushrooms too!

I decided to try this recipe for a super bowl party and everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

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Allergen Information:

These crispy air-fried pickles are gluten-free, dairy-free,

Photos of the fried pickles ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten-Free Panko – You can use store-bought like Alexia or Ian’s brand, or make it from scratch with my Gluten Free Bread Crumbs recipe.
  • Pickles – Use any brand of pickles you love. Sour, dill, Kosher dill, or half sour all taste great!
  • Egg – Use a large egg.
  • Grated Parmesan – You can use parmesan or a combination of grated hard cheeses like romano.
  • Cooking Oil—This is to spray on for air frying. Be sure to use oil that can withstand high heat. I prefer canola or avocado oil.

See the recipe card below for the exact amounts used.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

For this recipe, you can buy pickles that are already sliced or buy whole pickles and slice them yourself. You can cut them into spears or round circle wedges.

Photos of steps 1 and 2 making fried pickles.

Step 1: Break an egg into a bowl. Whisk to scramble it.

Step 2: Add the gluten free panko, parmesan, and seasonings to a bowl and whisk to blend.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 making fried pickles.

Step 3: Dip a pickle wedge into the egg and use a fork to turn it over a few times to coat the whole pickle.

Step 4: Place the pickle into the panko mixture. Cover in panko to fully coat the pickle spear.

HINT: If you want your fried pickles even crispier, double-dip them! Repeat steps 3 and 4 so there is a double layer of egg and crispy panko coating!

Photos of steps 5 and 6 making fried pickles.

Step 5: Spray the air fryer basket with oil. Use an oil that can handle high heat, like avocado, canola, or coconut oil. Do NOT use olive oil, as that is one oil that doesn’t do well in high heat.

Step 6: Spray the tops of the breaded pickles and close the drawers. (My Ninja Foodi Air Fryer has two different side-by-side drawers for cooking.) Cook at 370º F for 13 minutes.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Place these breaded fried pickles in the oven at 375º F for 10-12 minutes to re-crisp them.

Fry them in oil:

If you prefer to fry these in oil, here are the directions:

  • Follow the above directions to bread your pickles.
  • Pour light oil into a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven. Be sure to use a high-heat oil like avocado or canola!
  • Heat the oil to 375º F.
  • Gently drop a few breaded pickle spears into the hot oil. It may spatter, so be very careful.
  • Don’t let the pickles touch.
  • Cook for 1- 1 1/2 minutes, then flip the pickles over to cook the other side.
  • Remove gently and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
Dipping a fried pickle in ranch dressing.

Sauces for dipping:

I am a purist, and I can eat my fried pickles without a dipping sauce, but many people love dipping. Here are some delicious dip ideas to try:

  • Ranch Dressing
  • The Curry Dipping Sauce in my baked fries recipe.
  • Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon sriracha, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 tsp lime juice, and 1/8 tsp garlic powder. This makes a spicier sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you prevent these fried pickles from getting soggy?

After frying, place the fried pickles on a paper towel. This will help absorb extra oil so they don’t get soggy.

What else can you use for breading?

You can use gluten-free panko as I did, or try crushed pork rinds or my homemade gluten-free bread crumbles.

Can you air fry leftover fried pickles?

Yes! This would be an excellent way to re-crisp them!

How do you keep the fried pickles warm?

Since these fried pickles are fried in small batches, you can keep the fried pickles warm in the oven at 300º F.

If you love snacking, these crispy Air Fried Chickpeas are also perfect!

The top view of two gluten free fried pickles on a white plate.

More Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A platter of gluten free fried pickles and ranch dressing.

Gluten Free Fried Pickles

Sandi Gaertner
These crispy gluten free fried pickles make a deliciously fun appetizer! I include directions for both air frying and deep frying the pickles.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 pickles
Calories 39 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pickles Size: large
  • cup gluten free panko * see note
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil for spraying the air fryer

Instructions
 

  • Break an egg into a bowl. Whisk to scramble it.
  • Add the gluten free panko, parmesan, and seasonings to a bowl and whisk to blend.
  • Dip a pickle wedge into the egg and use a fork to turn it over a few times to coat the whole pickle.
  • Place the pickle into the panko mixture. Cover in panko to fully coat the pickle spear.
  • HINT: If you want your fried pickles even crispier, double-dip them! Repeat steps 3 and 4 so there is a double layer of egg and crispy panko coating!
  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil. Use an oil that can handle high heat like avocado, canola, or coconut oil. Do NOT use olive oil as that is one oil that doesn't do well in high heat.
  • Spray the tops of the breaded pickles and close the drawers. (My Ninja Foodi Air Fryer has two different side-by-side drawers for cooking.) Cook at 370º F for 13 minutes.

Notes

  1. For this recipe, you can buy pickles already sliced, or buy whole pickles and slice your own. You can cut them into spears or cut in round circle wedges.
  2. You can use gluten free panko, bread crumbs, or even the new pork rind bread crumbs.
Fry them in oil:
If you prefer to fry these in oil, here are the directions:
  • Follow the above directions to bread your pickles.
  • Pour a light oil into a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven. Be sure to use a high heat oil like avocado or canola!
  • Heat the oil to 375º F.
  • Gently drop in a few breaded pickle spears into the hot oil. It may spatter so be very careful.
  • Don’t let the pickles touch.
  • Cook for 1- 1 1/2 minutes then flip the pickles over to cook the other side.
  • Remove gently and place on a paper towel-lined plate. 

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedgeCalories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 394mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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