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A white bowl filled with fried pickles on a white table with a blue and white stripe towel next to the bowl.

Crispy Deep Fried or Air Fried Pickles

Crispy fried pickles that you can deep fry or make in an air fryer. Easy and delicious!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword air fryer, deep fried, fried pickles, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 198 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 3 cups dill pickle chips or spears
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plant-based milk do NOT use coconut milk
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste


  1. Place the pickles on a bed of paper towels and cover with a paper towel to absorb the excess liquid. Let sit for 10 minutes.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp cumin, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp pepper, and salt to taste until well combined.

  3. Pour the 1 cup milk in a bowl and put the 2 cups panko breadcrumbs in a separate bowl.

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the prepared pickles on the paper before frying.

  5. Dredge a pickle in the flour to coat, then dip in the milk, and dredge in the breadcrumbs to coat. Continue with the rest of the pickles.


  1. Cover the bottom of a skillet with two inches of canola oil (see note) and heat on high heat until very hot. To test if it's ready for frying, add a bit of the breadcrumbs to the oil. If it really sizzles, it's ready.

  2. Using tongs, carefully add the pickles to the oil (leave enough room between them so they can cook properly) and fry for approximately 3 minutes per side, or until they're golden brown.

  3. Place on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F. (200 C).

  2. Spray a light coating of oil on the tops of the pickles and air fry for 10 minutes.

  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.
  • We use canola oil for frying because it has a high heat point.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Deep Fried or Air Fried Pickles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 596mg26%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.