Fried pickles are pretty much the best thing ever! If you’ve never had them before, they are a southern treat of sliced pickles that have been coated in a crispy batter and then fried to perfection. You can usually find them at ball games or bars as an appetizer if you are below the mason-dixon line. We are sharing our twist on fried pickles you can make a home that are also low carb and made in the air fryer for a less greasy snack. With these low carb fried pickles you can indulge in a delicious, tangy, and spicy low carb snack.
What are fried pickles?
Fried pickles are a snack food found commonly in the Southern U.S. They’re made by battering or breading sliced pickles, then deep-frying them until they’re golden and crispy. The pickles used are typically dill pickles, and they can be cut into chips (round slices) or spears (lengthwise slices). After being coated in batter or breading, they are fried in hot oil, which gives them a crispy exterior and a hot, slightly softened interior.
Our small batch low carb fried pickles puts a healthy-ish twist on our favorite version of the salty snack by using the air fryer and lighter ingridents. This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients and comes together in about 20 minutes. Making them in the air fryer is a more convenient way to make them than doing so on the stove top with hot oil that splatters everywhere! Let’s look at how you can make some delicious low carb pickles in the air fryer with less oil than traditional frying. This recipe has just 6.6 net carbs.
Ingredients Needed To Make Low Carb Fried Pickles
To make low carb fried pickles you’ll just need a few ingredients:
- Dill Pickles (sliced)
- Pork Rinds (ground into pork rind crumbs)
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Black Pepper
- Coconut Flour
- Olive Oil or Avocado Oil Spray
- Parsley (for garnish)
Sliced Dill Pickles: Dill Pickles work best for this recipe. You can typically find them already sliced in the grocery store in a jar or tub. If you can’t find them sliced already you can buy larger dill pickles and slice them yourself.
Pork Rinds: Pork rinds are a common snack in Spain, Central America, South America, and the American South, among other countries. They are made from dehydrated and deep-fried pork skin until puffy and crisp. We are using pork rinds in this recipe for a great flavor and to keep the recipe low carb.
Coconut Flour: Coconut flour is made from the dried meat of a coconut. Its often used in baking as a substitute for all-purpose flour for gluten-free recipes. We are using it in this recipe to keep it low carb since coconut flour is a great low carb flour alternative.
Equipment Needed for Low Carb Fried Pickles
You’ll need just a few pieces of equipment to execute this easy air fryer recipe.
- Air Fryer
- Rolling Pin
- Large Ziploc Bag
- Small Bowl
- Large Bowl
- Paper Towels
step-by-step How To Make Low Carb Fried Pickles
The Best Way To Store Your Low Carb Fried Pickles
This is a small batch snack that makes two servings. You can store the remaining serving in an airtight container. You might have a few leftover ingredients. Below are some tips for how to store them.
Storing Leftover Ingredients
Pickles: Once you’ve opened a jar of pickles they will last for up to two years in the refrigerator. To ensure that they stay fresh make sure the jar is completed sealed and closed after each use. For best results keep your fridge set to between 34 and 40 degrees fahrenheit.
Pork Rinds: Pork Rinds can last up to 9 months after the date indicated in the expiration or the “best before” label on your package. Keep your pork rinds stored in an air tight container for best results. Source.
Coconut Flour: Coconut Flour will stay fresh for at least 12 to 18 months if stored properly in an airtight container.
Let’s Make Low Carb Fried Pickles
Fried pickles are delicious! These low carb fried pickles are just as tasty as the real version but are much friendlier to fit into your diet! These air fryer pickles are a perfect snack because they’re easy to make with the help of the air fryer. No matter which dipping sauce you decide to eat them with, these low carb fried pickles are sure to please your taste buds. Happy snacking!
Our low carb fried pickles put a healthy-ish twist on our favorite version of the salty snack. This simple recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients and comes together in about 20 minutes.
- 1 cup Dill Pickle Slices
- 1/2 cup Pork Rinds (ground)
- 1 large Egg
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Coconut Flour
- Cooking Spray (with no propellents)
- Ranch for dipping or your favorite sauce (optional)
- Dried Parsley (for garnish)
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Add pork rinds to a large ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them or another object with some weight.
- Pour the pork rind mixture into a small bowl. Mix in paprika, garlic powder and ground black pepper.
- Using a paper towel, pat the pickle slices dry and add to a large bowl.
- Add the coconut flour mixture and mix to evenly coat pickles.
- Whisk the egg in the second bowl.
- Using tongs, dredge the coated pickles in the egg mixture in batches.
Allow the excess to drip off and press into the pork rind mixture.
- Transfer to a plate and repeat until all of the pickles have been coated.
- Spray non-stick cooking spray on cooking trays or air fryer basket.
- Arrange the pickles in a single layer. Air frying for 10-12 minutes.
- Serve your very crispy fried pickle snack immediately with your favorite dipping sauce! Ranch is a great option! Sprinkle some dried parsley on your dipping sauce as garnish and enjoy!
- Depending on the size of your air fryer: You may need to work in small batches.
- If your air fryer is large enough you can lay all of the pieces down on your tray or basket at once spread out evenly.