[Recipe] Fried Pickles

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I like fried. I like pickles. I LOVE fried pickles.

Fried pickles and ranch dressing are a match that no one can keep apart. Sure, they’re both married to other things. Ranch to salad. Pickles, well pickles are pretty promiscuous actually, spreading their love with most anything, but you get my point. Fried pickles and ranch are a love affair no one can deny. They just set off fireworks in your mouth.

This past Christmas, my husband and I decided we’d take advantage of a good deal on the new T-Fal Actifry. I love a new kitchen appliance, and I love that the Actifry effectively “fries” anything you put in it with much less oil than is required by conventional fryers. The Actifry produces crispy fried anything with just 1-2 teaspoons of oil – any kind of oil, allowing you to fry your favourite foods in healty oils like olive and grapeseed. Wonderful!

One of the first things I had to try in my Actifry were french fries, of course. I’m a fry fanatic. The Actifry didn’t disappoint. Since then I’ve gotten a bit braver, making all kinds of fried goodies, including these breaded pickle chips.

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[Recipe] Fried Pickles

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp paprika
1 egg
1 cup dry bread crumbs (or some other breading, like shake n bake)
1 cup pickle chips, drained and patted dry
1 Tbsp olive oil


First, prep the pickles (about a cup or so, I’d guess) by spreading them out on a paper towel. Pat them dry.


Mix the paprika into the cornstarch in a medium bowl. Beat the egg in another medium bowl. Dump the bread crumbs into a third medium bowl.

Set up your breading station: cornstarch mixture, egg, breading.




First, put the pickles into the cornstarch mixture, shaking off any excess.


Dip the pickles into the egg, then into the breading. We used some leftover all dressed chips to bread some of our pickles. You know, to use them up. No waste!



A little tip – when breading anything, it’s good to keep a wet hand and a dry hand. Use your “wet hand” to put the pickles in the cornstarch and the egg, but use your “dry hand” to coat the pickles in the breading and move them to a waiting plate.

Once all of the pickles have been breaded, start the actifry.

Put the pickles into the belly of the actifry and pour in the olive oil.


Start the actifry. The pickles took approximately 12 minutes to cook to our desired doneness. This is of course, a personal preference. Cook them for as long as you’d like.


Alternately, if you don’t own an actifry, you can fry these pickles in about 1/4 cup of oil in a shallow frying pan.

Dip in the homemade ranch dressing we made last weekend.


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14 responses to “[Recipe] Fried Pickles


  2. Great recipe, but how do you keep the breading on? Almost all of mine rubbed off in the actifry!!!

    • Hi Chelsey – did you dry the pickles really well before breading them? I’m not sure what happened, but we’ve never had any problem with the breading falling off of them.

      Thanks for trying the recipe! Hope you have better luck next time.

  3. Thank you thank you thank you!! We have had an actifry for over a year and the only thing I have ever done is french fries which always turn out amazing but didn’t think that something like this would work, trying tomorrow now!!

  4. Made them last night and I was happy how they turned out.
    Next time I think I will dry them better as some breading fell off but not on all of them.

  5. What temp did you use?
    I have the Philips AirFryer and would love to use this recipe!

  6. What kind of pickle did you use? (Dill and cut, Bread & Butter, which are already sliced) and does the oil go directly in the belly of the Acti fry? I’m wondering, if you put the oil in first, then the pickle chips the coating might stay better …Just got my Acti fry 2 weeks ago and I’m ready to use

    • I used dill chips – pre-sliced dill pickles. I actually drizzled the oil in after I put the pickles in. Maybe you’re right – putting the oil in first may be a good solution to the batter not sticking well. I’ll have to try that myself!

  7. We made these and they were soon good. Need more spice all I could taste was breading but they were nice and crispy

  8. These were so delicious! Just tried this recipe and sliced up dill pickles. My slices were small, but wow did it make good fried pickles. Will definitely do this again! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  9. What if you freeze them first an then put them in the fryer? I will experiment with that tonight.

  10. if anyone is curious they have a wire basket that fits in the actifry for battered items it holds them up and fried both sides

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