Crispy, crunchy, and delicious – these air-fried gherkin pickles are the best thing out there. With no oil, you can enjoy these fries pickles as many as possible, guilt-free!!
I’m all in for some savory snacks. Whenever I get a chance, I try to make spicy, delicious snacks. Pickles are one of those dishes I love eating, be it in a salad, or sandwiches or for a change, fried ones.
As delicious and tempting as fried pickles may sound, deep frying them always made me hesitant while eating them. The oil and calories reminded me how unhealthy it is.
With an air fryer in my life, I can eat any fried snack without any oil and, hence, without any guilt. These fried pickles are also made in the air fryer. Coated in panko for that extra crunch, these pickles are super tasty.
Why Use An Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a mini convection oven that does fast cooking for your convenience. You would need little to no oil for your dishes, which makes them a healthier option to eat. The process of deep drying gets eliminated due to cooking in an air fryer.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe?
- Tasty: The fried pickles are an absolutely amazing treat. The crunch from the outside and soft tangy pickle slice inside seasoned with your favorite spices – it’s a dish not to be missed.
- Fast Cooking: You don’t have to wait for oil to heat up and fry the pickles. You can make these pickles in under 10 minutes. Yes, it’s that fast. Place the coated pickle slices in the air fryer and cook them for 6-7 minutes. Isn’t it amazing? It’s perfect when you have sudden guests in your home.
- Healthy: No oil would definitely mean it’s healthy. When you eliminate deep frying, it automatically makes the fish a better version of itself. And the best part is taste is not compromised in this process. So why not choose the healthier version of eating snacks?
Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe
- Gherkin Pickle Slices: I prefer gherkin pickle over dill pickle. Gherkins are tangy as well as sweet in taste. It’s perfect for an excellent combination of flavors with spices. You can either use sliced pickles available in jars or buy whole pickles and slice them according to your preference.
- All-Purpose Flour: The flour is used for two reasons. One, all spices are mixed into the flour. These spices stick well to the pickles when mixed with flour. Second, the flour provides a layer that, when baked, helps make the pickles crunchy.
- Paprika, Cajun Spice, and Salt: I prefer my pickles spicy, so I have added red paprika powder and Cajun spice as the seasoning. We definitely need some salt for the seasoning and overall taste. You may go ahead and add any other spice that you like.
- Egg and Milk: For the purpose of sticking panko or breadcrumbs onto the pickle, we need an egg and milk mixture. Panko sticks well onto this mix.
- Panko: You can get the most crunchiest outer layer using panko. Coat the entire slice with panko, and when air-fried, you will have a delicious, super crunchy exterior.
How To Make Pickles in Air Fryer
Preparation: Take all ingredients and measure them correctly. You can find the quantities in the recipe card below. Preheat the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 180C.
Dry Ingredients Mix: Take all-purpose flour, paprika, and salt in a bowl. Mix it well and keep it aside.
Mix Egg and Milk: in another bowl, mix egg and milk. Use a fork or small whisk to incorporate the two ingredients properly.
Coat Sliced Pickles: Take sliced pickles and coat them in the flour mixture. Now, dip this coated slice into the egg mixture.
Panko Mixture: After dipping the slices in the egg-milk mixture, coat them in Panko. Place all Panko-coated sliced pickles in the air fryer.
Cook: Cook the pickles at 180C for 6-7 minutes or until they turn slightly golden brown.
Serve: Serve these warm, crunchy fried pickles with your favorite dip!
Chef’s Tips For The Recipe
Coat Them Well
All three coats that you need to put on the pickles should be good. If the coating is not done properly, there won’t be a good thick, crunchy crust all around the pickle.
Do not Crowd The Air Fryer
Place the pickles in a single layer. Do not overcrowd them by putting too many slices one over the other. This way, the pickles won’t cook properly. Cook them in batches.
How To Store Air Fried Pickles
These delicious pickles taste best when served fresh. I would not recommend to serve later. However, if you still have leftovers, store them in an air-tight box and reheat them in the air fryer for 1 minute before serving.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gherkin pickle is made using a small green fruit of a plant related to cucumber. They look like cucumbers but do not taste like them. They are used explicitly for pickling only.
The only difference between the two pickles is the ingredient dill herb, which is used in pickling for dill pickles. So, gherkins are the same as dill pickles but without the dill herb, which makes them taste differently.
Yes, if you do not wish to use all-purpose flour, you can use almond flour. It will also add a great flavor.
You can pair the pickles with many dips like sour cream, Chipotle, tzatziki, mayonnaise, Thousand Island, etc.
Yes, after slicing the pickles, pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Place a piece of butter paper at the bottom of the air fryer basket and then put the pickles. This will prevent the pickles from sticking to the bottom.
- 150 g Sliced pickles
- 50 g All-purpose flour
- ½ tsp Paprika powder
- 1/2 tsp Cajun spice
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Egg
- 20 g Milk
- Panko, as required
- Mix all-purpose flour, paprika powder, cajun spice, and salt in a bowl and keep it aside.
- In a different bowl, mix egg and milk. Combine the two properly using a fork or whisk.
- Coat the sliced pickle in the all-purpose flour mixture, then dip it in the egg mixture.
- Lastly, coat it with panko and place it in the air fryer basket.
- Repeat the same with the rest of the pickles.
- Cook them for 6-7 minutes at 180C or until they turn golden brown in colour.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 to 7 minutes