Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

Pickled anything and I am totally there. I have always loved pickles. Catch me always ordering any fried pickle appetizer. So how did I come to think of this dish?

A while back I made dilled brussel sprouts by simply marinading brussel sprouts in pickle juice overnight and OMG, they were so tasty.

I’m sure you guys remember my All Things Pickled post. From pickling peppers, to onions, to jalapeƱos, to avocado, I love them ALL. I also love how simple and easy it is to pickle things. If you haven’t experienced with your own pickling, get started!

Since getting my Air Fryer I have made breaded pickles and zucchini chips multiple times. Yesterday I started to think of how I could vary it up with different seasoning. I immediately thought of the dilled brussel sprouts and thought hmm I wonder if that would taste good?!

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

In that second, I walked over to my fridge to see if I had enough zucchini and pickle juice to start them ASAP. Of course I did, since zucchini and pickles are both staples in my fridge.

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

This recipe is so tasty and fun! Also whole 30 compliant and fairly easy to make. You most likely have all the ingredients on hand, as well.

So first I prepared the zucchini by washing and cutting 3 zucchini’s into “sticks”. I’ve noticed the thinner the better purely so they crisp up better. Then I placed them in a ziploc bag. Add 1-1/2 cups of pickle juice (depending on how big your zucchini’s are) to your bag. Add enough juice so when you lay your bag flat all the zucchini sticks are covered in the pickle juice.

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

I placed the bag in the fridge flat to ensure all the sticks soaked in the pickle juice. I let them sit all day and made them for dinner that night. So they sat for about 10 hours.

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

When your ready to cook them remove them from the fridge and strain the juice out. I let mine sit in the strainer for quite some time to ensure all the liquid strained out.

While they sat I made the dry seasoning which was 1 cup of almond flour, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tbsp mustard powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp paprika. Mix well and set aside. In another bowl whisk one egg.

Take your zucchini sticks and dip 2-3 into egg, then into the dry mixture. Place into air fryer with enough space so that the zucchini has space to crisp up. I cooked them at 360 degrees for about 14 minutes in multiple batches. Trust me its worth it!

Enjoy with a sauce of your choosing! I love them with ranch!! Of course, let me know what you think! I’ll be switching up and playing around with the seasoning in the future, I’m sure. Let me know what you come up with!

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

appetizer, snack

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 8-10 sticks

Air Fryer Fried Dilled Zucchini Sticks

Whole 30


  • 3 small zucchini’s cut into sticks
  • 1-1 1/2 cups pickle juice
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg whisked


  1. First prepare your zucchini. Wash and cut 3 small zucchini’s into sticks.
  2. Place your zucchini sticks into a ziploc bag and add your pickle juice.
  3. Let mixture sit for at least 2 hours. I let mine sit all day! The longer the better.
  4. Once your ready to make preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees.
  5. Take 2-3 zucchini sticks and dip them into egg. Then dip them into the dry mixture.
  6. Place enough in the air fryer so they aren’t touching and have space to crisp up.
  7. Cook at 360 degrees for 13-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. I made several batches to ensure they crisped up better.
  8. Serve with your favorite sauce, ENJOY!

Xo, Rachelle

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Just a gal learning her way through the kitchen. Whole 30 inspired.

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