If you missed it, I recently got an air fryer and I am a just a pinch stoked for it (still). While I have been off screen from IPR, I have been using the air fryer to reheat left overs, cook chicken, bake potatoes, and much more. It is one of the most convenient items in my kitchen to date. To shop my exact air fryer model, find it here: Ninja Air Fryer.
Whenever I go to a restaurant, there is one go-to item I look for and, most of the time, get to start my meal off with; fried pickles. Now, this may be an unpopular opinion to those of you who don’t like pickles or have never tried fried ones; But, before you judge give it a try.
I started my internet browse for “air fryer fried pickles” and found some great recipes. Narrowing down all my options was hard, but here is what I decided on: a copy cat recipe, “Air Fryer Fried Pickles Texas Roadhouse.” Now, if you have ever been to Texas Roadhouse, you know how greasy and not-so-healthy their food is. For example, eating one of their dinner rolls with their homemade butter is the equivalent amount of calories to approximately two Big Macs from McDonalds (so I have been told).
This recipe was found on adventuresofanurse.com. I do not own the rights to this recipe.
I thought that this recipe would be interesting because, yes, I have had real Texas Roadhouse (TR) fried pickles in the past. This way I will be a good judge of how good the air fryer is and how close to a taste the TR fried pickles are compared to mine. Also, another reason I was intrigued by this recipe was that it is significantly healthier to fry using the air fryer as compared to the regular frying techniques big corporations, like TR, use.
- 2 Cups Sliced Dill Pickles
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 tbs Garlic Powder
- 1 tbs Cajun Spice
- 1/2 tbs Cayenne Pepper
- Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
- In this post, I will be using Avocado Oil Spray
Tips (According to Adventures of a Nurse)
Tip #1 Make sure to dry your pickles so the excess juice comes off. You can set them on a paper towel to help drain off the juice. This is what will help to ensure the coating sticks to the pickles.
Tip #2 When you layout your pickles in the air fryer ensure that you leave space between each pickle. If they are touching they will be soggy in those areas.
Tip #3 Make sure to check your pickles to make sure they don’t overcook. This is because depending on what model of an air fryer you use you might find it cooks a little different. Plus all pickle slices are not always the same size.
- Preheat air fryer to 400
- Mix together flour and spices
- Slice pickles into thin pieces
- Coat sliced pickles with flour mixture
- place in a single layer in your air fryer
- Spray with a cooking spray or olive oil
- Cook on 400 for 10 minutes then flip them over
- Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes
- Plate & Eat!
Sauces To Pair With Fried Pickles
- Ranch (personal preference)
- Chipotle Ranch
- Southwest Ranch
- Blue Cheese
- Cheese Dip
Review & Thoughts
Just to remind, I wanted to know two major things in doing this experiment: (1) Would air fryer fried pickles live up to regularly fried fried pickles in regards to taste, flavor, and texture and (2) would a healthier version of fried pickles be similar to not-so-healthy ones.
First off, prepping the ingredients took all of ten minutes; No time at all. Once all the ingredients were prepped, it was really just coating the pickles and waiting for the air fryer to do the job. I will stand by this: the recipe was so simple and easy a wild animal could do it!
I will say the most annoying part of the entire experience of making fried pickles wasn’t even that annoying at all. Anytime that you need to flour or bread something, it’s going to get clumpy and stick to you fingers. I will tell you that I had a large surplus of flour at the end and plenty of pickles to fry. I would recommend cutting down the flour mixture part of the recipe to the following:
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 tbs Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tbs Cajun Spice
- 1/4 tbs Cayenne Pepper
Why should you do this? Well, I don’t like wasting food. I think that this flour and the mixed in ingredients could have been used in another recipe. If you run low on the flour mixture it will take all of a few minutes to make some more!
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Now, it is time to place these babies in the air fryer. This was a tedious task to make sure each pickle wasn’t touching one another, but I didn’t want any soggy pickles. You bet your ass I took my time with it! Personally, I spray avocado oil on the inside of the air fryer drawer as well as the top of the pickles. This makes sure there is oil all over each angle of the pickle to fry evenly. After ten minutes I noticed that the pickles were still raw in a few parts. I flipped the pickles and resprayed. After another three minutes the pickles were done.
I used a total of five pickles, which took three baskets to fry the entirety of my pickle slices. The entire process took 35 minutes. At the end, these were the results:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Unsaturated Fat: 1g
To answer my two original questions: (1) Yes, air fryer fried pickles live up to regular fried pickles in regards to taste, flavor, and texture. In addition, (2) I wouldn’t say that that the air fryer version are identical to the fried pickles you would buy at a greasy restaurant, but they are very good. In my own opinion, I think that the air fryer ones were even better. Here’s why: I did not have to feel guilty eating these fried pickles because (as you can see above) the nutrition facts are hardly alarming. NO, they are not the best snack to have all the time, but they are a healthier alternative from time to time.
I am very happy in the way that these pickles turned out and I would be happy to make them again. If you are a fan of fried pickles and have access to an air fryer, I would give it a try. Also, if you don’t have an air fryer, I would consider making the purchase. Again, here is the link to the one I own and being Amazon Affiliate, please consider using my link to purchase: click here to buy/consider.
If you have any other suggestions on what I should air fry next please let me know in the comments! I love testing recipes and I would rather me test it and find out it’s not good so that you don’t have to.
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