Air Fryer Crunchy Fried Pickles
24 oz dill pickle slices
1 3/4 -2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 tablespoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil spray
Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil or use air fryer parchment paper.
Dry the pickles completely. It will make them easier to bread.
Add the flour to a bowl large enough to dredge the pickles. Season the flour with the dried dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
Add the buttermilk and egg to the seasoned flour. Beat and stir to combine.
Add the panko breadcrumbs to a separate bowl large enough to dredge the pickles.
Dredge the pickles in the flour buttermilk mixture and then the panko breadcrumbs. Keep a moist kitchen towel handy for you hands. They will get sticky.
Place the breaded pickles on a plate. After breading the pickles, freeze the pickles for 15 minutes. This is an optional step, but highly recommended. It helps keep the breading intact.
Place the pickles in the air fryer. Do not stack them. Cook in batches if needed.
Spray the pickles with cooking oil. I use olive oil.
Cook for 7-10 minutes on 400 degrees flipping after 5 minutes. Each air fryer brand will cook at different speeds. I also like my fried pickles really crunchy, so I let them cook for 10 minutes.
I paired the fried pickles with ranch topped with dried dill.