Skip the oil and the mess and whip up these keto fried pickles that are baked in your oven or air fried in your air fryer! You will get that same crunchy batter texture like at your favorite restaurant made in the comfort of your own home with just 2.8 net carbs per piece.
Baked fried pickles are a favorite in our household. No grease and best of all no empty carbs. A nice low carb oven-fried pickle recipe that will melt in your mouth. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce or skip the sauce and eat as is! These low carb keto fried pickles are a dish you will make over and over again.
This easy low carb fried pickles recipe is also gluten free and a great appetizer or snack.
Pickle Spears - We chose to use dill spears for this keto fried pickle recipe but I'm sure pickle chips or pickle slices would work too.
Coconut Flour - Coconut flour helps the breading stick to the pickles.
Pork Rinds - Crushed pork rinds give these a great crunch. The flavor is pretty mild and doesn't overpower the flavor of the pickles.
Eggs - Eggs are the last part and are the ingredient that helps the breading adhere to the pickles.
How to Make Keto Fried Pickles
Step One: Bread the pickles. Cover in the coconut flour, then the egg, and finely the pork rinds mixture.
Step Two: Cook the pickles in the oven or air fryer.
Air Fryer Instructions
To make these in an Air Fryer just make sure to not overlap the pickles. They should be in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If the pickles touch in spots, each fried pickle spear will not crisp up when they cook. Turn your Air Fryer to 400 degrees and air fry them for about 7 minutes or until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
You can bake your breaded pickles at 400 degrees for around 7 minutes as well in the oven. I just make sure the breading of the pickles is done and it looks golden brown. Sometimes I'll spritz them with a little avocado oil to help them crisp.
Tips for Making Keto Fried Pickles
Dry Pickles | Make sure you pat dry your pickles. If your pickles are really wet, they will not hold the breading you are going to roll them in. I lay out a paper towel and then place the pickles to allow them to dry up a bit from all the juice. You can also use dill pickle chips instead of spears if you prefer those!
Crushed Pork Rinds | Toss in a food processor, blender, or use a sealable bag to break up your pork rinds into a breading material. You want it to be fine enough it coats as bread crumbs would. I take a rolling pin and rolled my pork rinds in a bag and it worked just as good as the blender or food processor option.
Coconut Flour | I used coconut flour for the low carb take. If you don't care if they are lower carb feel free to reach for all-purpose white flour. Or if you want an alternative to go for almond flour instead!
Need a little dipping help when it comes what to pair with your crispy fried pickles? You can pick any sauce that fits your fancy! Here are a few of our favorites.
Homemade Dill Sauce - recipe below! This is my take on ranch dressing and delicious! You need sour cream, garlic powder, vinegar (or pickle juice), dill, salt, and pepper.
Jalapeno Ranch - This has a great kick if you like spicy food!
Homemade Ranch - This is similar to the dill sauce but has some onion and parsley too.
BBQ Sauce - My favorite is the white bbq sauce!
Copycat Chick-fil-a Sauce - Sweet, salty, and delicious.
As you can see anything goes. I also love to eat these low carb fried pickles plain, I have no shame! I love fried pickles, they are highly addictive little spears!
What Are Keto Fried Pickles?
Keto fried pickles are like they sound. They are baked in the oven but offer that fried pickles texture that you know and love so much. You have characteristics of a fried pickle from the crunchy coating on the pickles. So it gives you a fried texture without needing to drop it in a pan of oil!
What breading can I use for keto?
I wanted a low carb fried pickle so I reached for coconut flour and pork rinds that are crunched up. This helps in that crunchy texture while keeping it low in carbs. I also use pork rinds as a breading in my Keto Breaded Chicken Breast.
Serving Fried Pickles
Once you pull these fried pickles from your Air Fryer or oven you will want to serve them up. The coating on the pickles will stay crispy for 30 minutes to an hour after cooking, and then slowly begin to become soggy. While the soggy texture is okay for some, you will lose some of that "fried" texture you are hoping for.
If you do not eat them all you can refrigerate any leftovers. But again, it will be a soggier texture and they won't be as crispy. You can place them in the oven to reheat them to add some crunch back into them.
This fried pickles recipe is a breeze to make with minimal prep, quick cook time, and few ingredients required. Make these up this week for a mid-week treat or save back for an appetizer while watching your favorite game on tv or entertaining.
- 12 pickle spears
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 2.5 ounce package pork rinds
- 2 large eggs
- Slice spears in half the long way, and dry slightly with tea cloth or paper towel.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs.
- In a separate bowl add coconut flour.
- Using a food processor or your hands, process/smash pork rinds until fine crumbs.
- Add pork rind crumbs to a third bowl.
- Cover pickles in flour, dredge in egg, then into pork rinds.
Air Fryer Instructions:
- Lay pickles into air fryer basket. Cook for 7 minutes at 400 degrees F.
- Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Add vinegar, dill, garlic powder, and sour cream to a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
Love your new air fryer?
- Did you know that you can make low carb air fryer chicken parmesan in it?
- What about Keto Coconut Shrimp?
- Make some Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs
- Make sure to try these air fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings too!
Originally Published February 20, 1019. Revised and Republished January 9, 2023.
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