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Pickles. So crunchy, so juicy, so low calorie. My love for pickles more than likely began when I was in diapers. I can distinctly remember opening up the refrigerator door and reaching in the HUGE jar with my hands (I know, pretty nasty right?) and grabbing a big ol’ pickle. Anytime my family visited a fair or went to a football game, my choice of snack at the concession stand was the ultimate, juicy pickle.
My love of pickles never left me. Mr Skinny Louisiana thinks they are ‘ok,’ and on every road trip I take to visit my fabulous Houma family (I live in Shreveport now – about a 5 hour drive), my first snack at any gas station is a Big Papa Pickle.
Mr Skinny Louisiana got slick. Pretty soon my stocking stuffers from Santa had a Big Papa Pickle, and I am almost certain I will be getting a big industrial size box of pickles for my anniversary. It’s ok, I will enjoy.
My love for pickles was tested by my son Christian on a ride down to Houma. He heard me crunching down on a Big Papa Pickle and asked ‘Is that a pickle?’ I thought long and hard about my answer. To lie or to tell the truth. ’Yes’ I said. ‘Can I have it?’ Honestly, I did NOT want to share, so I took a HUGE bite and past the legacy of loving pickles down to him. Now when stopping at the gas station, we purchase 2 pickles.
My love for pickles continues with the amazing fried pickles. The crunch, the deliciousness, the carbs, the sodium, and the fat. It’s time to take fried pickles to the Skinny Louisiana drawing board. With a few simple ingredient swaps and use of the Air Fryer, we have Air Fryer Fried Dill Pickles the entire family will LOVE. Let me know your thoughts?
Want more Air Fryer recipes? Try my Low Carb Air Fryer Beignets!
Before I go over ingredients, know the items used in this recipe can be found at many of your local supermarkets and Drug Emporium. Many of you know my love of Drug Emporium stores. Not only does Drug Emporium have amazing prices (often the cheapest in town), I work with this amazing company in putting on Low Carb Food Demonstrations and product selection for shelves. All my items in the recipes are from Drug Emporium. For a full list of Drug Emporium store locations, click here. No Drug Emporium in your town? No worries, I have the links for where to purchase online!
We love eggs in the Skinny Louisiana kitchen. Eggs offer us an amazing source of protein with zero carbs. While my keto friends will ask about using a whole egg, I prefer the egg white in recipes using the Air Fryer. I used 100% percent egg white carton. Make sure in the ingredient list the only ingredient is 100% egg whites.
We love pickles, but I am always mindful of sodium. For this recipe, I used the Vlassic low sodium pickles.
With any fried item, flour is the basic, breading ingredient. It serves several purposes, mainly to ‘bread’ the product. Flour in the low carb and low net carb world makes us cringe since whole wheat flour has 21 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup serving. Enter almond flour! Almond flour is made of almonds that have been ground to a fine texture. It is a gluten free, keto friendly, grain free food and contains approximately 5-6 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup. Don’t panic over the carbs, almond flour has approximately 3 grams of fiber giving this flour a net carb of 3 per serving. And please don’t panic over the fat. Remember nuts are the fats we want to include in our diet. I do enjoy cooking with almond flour, but I personally feel due to it’s heavier texture, almond flour works best in bars, brownies, and muffins as well as in my batters for my vegetables and meats in the air-fryer. Almond flour makes a great low carb bread crumb when combined with grated Parmesan cheese. Please note, the type of almond flour does matter. Make sure to use super-fine almond flour from balanced almonds. We used Bob’s Mill Almond Flour in this recipe. You can purchase online here!
Looking for flavor? Salt has always been the answer for flavor, but coming in at 2300 mg of sodium in ONLY 1 tsp (yes, the small spoon), salt can wreak havoc for our heart health. I will be the first to agree, foods without salt that use other ‘salt substitutes’ are … terrible. I’m Cajun. I need flavor. Enter Tony Chachere’s No Salt Seasoning Blend. Don’t panic, this blend contains ZERO salt substitutes, making it safe for our families with renal (kidney) disease. The taste? Amazing.
I love my Air Fryer! Many of you have posed the questions, ‘What Air Fryer do you have?’ ‘What is your favorite brand of Air Fryer?’ I have a basic Phillips Air Fryer and love it. I encourage folks to shop around and see what Air Fryer fits their needs. I must confess, I now own 2 Air Fryers. For Christmas, I received a Ninja Foodi, and I am ready to use this bad boy soon!
Grab your SUPPLIES.
Start with the PICKLES.
Get BOWLS ready.
Prep the AIR FRYER.
Get the assembly line READY.
Start that AIR FRYER.
WARNING! You may need to repeat!
1/2 cup 100% egg whites
3 dill pickles, sliced (we used low sodium)
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Tony Chachere’s No Salt Seasoning
Non stick cooking spray
*You may have to repeat the entire process to cook pickles!!!
Yield: 3 servings
Before reviewing the nutrition facts per serving, please note we did not use all the almond flour mixture and egg white in preparing our dish. Nutrition facts was determined by using the entire amounts. Good news, the calories, carbs, and sodium are more than likely lower than what is reported.
Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories: 110, Fat: 7g, Saturated fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: <5mg, Sodium: 135mg, Carbs: 5g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 8g.
NET CARBS: 3g.
Carb count exclude sugar alcohols. New carb count is determined with the equation total carbohydrate – total fiber – sugar alcohol.
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This recipe was developed and copyright by culinary dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and upcoming Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker. She practices out of Eberhart Physical Therapy which she co-owns with her husband Greg. In her spare time, she watches Snapped and Investigation Discovery.