Vegan Air-Fried Pickles (oil-free)

Hi friends!

I got an air-fryer a few months ago and I have been slowly finding recipes that I absolutely LOVE to make in it. I decided to make vegan air-fried pickles and WOW, I am blown away by how delicious they turned out.

These vegan air-fried pickles are crunchy, crispy, perfectly salty, delicious and 100% plant-based! They are also gluten-free optional if you use gluten-free breadcrumbs and are oil-free. Feel free to spray a little oil if you want them extra crispy but you can totally do these without ANY oil! Yum!

What is the best kind of pickle to use in this recipe?

I used Manhattan style, whole kosher dill pickles for this recipe, I think they’re the best! They have the perfect flavor and texture. Simply slice them 1/2 inch thick and they’re ready for the dipping station. Let’s go!

How do you make vegan air-fried pickles?

Dip each piece in aquafaba (chickpea liquid), then into breadcrumbs. Make sure to coat them evenly! Use any kind of breadcrumbs you like. Place them on a plate or baking sheet as you assemble.

How long do these take to cook?

This recipe only takes no more than 20 minutes total. It takes about 10-minutes to prep then about 6-8 minutes in the air-fryer – talk about easy! We love an easy VEGAN recipe here at HealthyGirl Kitchen.

Important tip:

After they are done in the air-fryer, carefully and gently pick them up and add them to a plate and serve! Handle them gently otherwise the breading will fall off! 

Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

How do you make the hemp seed ranch dressing?!

I dipped my vegan air-fried pickles in hemp seed ranch and this made it 10 times more yummy. The hemp seed ranch recipe is also included in this blog! It’s creamy, delicious and way healthier than traditional ranch. Hemp seeds are filled with healthy fats and protein which make this ranch so nutritious.

Fun fact: I came to realize that after making these, my whole kitchen smelled like a fast food restaurant – and I’m not talking about in a gross way but the best kind of way. It smelled like HEAVEN. I think the combination of the smell of the pickles with the fried breadcrumbs somehow made the kitchen smell like McDonald’s at home.

Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

Will non-vegans like this recipe for vegan air-fried pickles?

Absolutely. You will impress vegans and non-vegans with this delicious appetizer or snack. They taste like crispy heaven, even kids would love this. Also, if you make the ranch with it they will be extra blown away. Yes please!

Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

These vegan air-fried pickles are:





Golden Brown


Simple to make

Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

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Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

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Vegan Air-Fried Pickles

Vegan Air-Fried Pickles (oil-free)

Vegan air-fried pickles are fried in the air-fryer without any added oil. Salty and crispy - these make the perfect plant-based fun appetizer.
serving 4 servings
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 8 minutes
total time 18 minutes

the ingredients

  • 6 pickles sliced I use Manhattan style whole kosher dill pickles
  • 1 cup aquafaba chickpea liquid (put chickpeas away for later and save the liquid when straining)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs of choice

Hemp Seed Ranch

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried dill


  • Prepare two bowls. Add aquafaba to one bowl and breadcrumbs to another. This will be your assembly station.
  • Preheat air-fryer to 400 degrees F. Slice pickles about 1/2 inch thick. Dip each pickle slice in aquafaba first then in the breadcrumbs. Coat evenly. Place pickles on a plate or on parchment.
  • Add the pickles into the air-fryer and cook for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Hemp Seed Ranch

  • Blend all hemp seed ranch ingredient in a high speed blender until smooth.

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In good health,


Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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