Air fryer beans

Air fryer beans

25 min
Take your snacking game to the next level with the mouthwatering delight of crispy and spicy air fryer beans paired with a delicious cheese dip. These flavour-packed butter bean snacks are perfectly sized for dipping into the creamy herb-infused cheese dip. The air fryer works its magic, quickly and efficiently cooking the beans to crispy perfection.


Crispy bean snack
  • Remove the brine from the beans and rinse them.
  • In a bowl, mix cornstarch, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  • Coat the beans thoroughly with the spice mixture, ensuring they are well coated.
  • Add oil to the beans and transfer them to an air fryer.
  • Sprinkle fresh rosemary over the beans and bake at 180°C for approximately 15 minutes. Shake the basket a few times during the baking process to ensure even cooking.
Cheese dip
  • Blend cheese with herbs and pepper in a food processor until the mixture is smooth.
  • Serve the dip with the crispy beans.

For the best result, place the seasoned beans in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding, as this can result in uneven cooking and hinder the beans from achieving a crispy texture. If necessary, cook them in batches to allow for sufficient airflow.


If you do not have an air fryer, do not worry! Simply bake the beans in the oven at 180°C for approximately 30 minutes. Although they may not turn out as crispy, rest assured they will have the same delicious taste.

Questions about air fryer bean snacks

Get ready to whip up a quick and crunchy snack with this simple air fryer beans recipe. Read on to dive into the world of this delicious snack and learn more about air-frying.

Can you cook beans in an air fryer?
Yes, you can cook beans like butter beans and other types in an air fryer. It is a convenient and efficient way to get a crispy texture without having to deep-fry or use a stovetop. Simply place the beans in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded, and cook them at the desired temperature. You can also season them with spices or herbs before air frying to give them more flavour.
How to cook beans in an air fryer?
For crispy air fryer beans, first, pat them dry. Toss with seasonings and, if you like, a bit of oil. If you prefer a puffier texture, consider adding cornstarch. Transfer the beans to the air fryer and cook at approximately 180°C for 10-20 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally for even roasting. The outcome? Crunchy, roasted beans that are perfect for snacking or as crunch on salads. Cooking times vary between bean types and air fryer models, so keep an eye on it!
Which beans are good in an air fryer?
There are several beans you can use when you want a crunchy air fryer bean snack. Butter beans offer a creamy texture and mild, buttery flavour. But you can also use chickpeas that get delightfully crunchy outside and soft inside, black beans that crisp up nicely and are great in dishes like tacos or quesadillas, edamame beans with their nutty flavour, or kidney beans that become deliciously crispy. Experiment with various seasonings to enhance each bean type's unique taste.


Crispy bean snack
Butter beans
1 can
Corn starch
1 tbsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
Fresh rosemary
2 tbsp
Cayenne pepper
½ tsp
Coarse salt
¼ tsp
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Freshly ground pepper
Cheese dip
Salad cheese in block form
150 g
Herbs such as basil, oregano, and parsley
25 g
Freshly ground pepper

Air fryer beans – crispy bean snack with a spicy touch

One delightful way to enjoy beans is by transforming them into crispy and spicy snacks using an air fryer. Air fryers cook quickly and efficiently, making them perfect for creating a crunchy texture. These crispy golden bites are made from butter beans, which puff up beautifully when air-fried to perfection. Each bean boasts a satisfying crunch that gives way to a creamy interior, creating a delightful textural contrast that will keep you coming back for more.

If you are up for more air frying experiments, give our recipes for incredibly crispy air fryer broccoli fritters or air fryer cauliflower a try. These recipes will take your air frying game to the next level, allowing you to enjoy some deliciously crispy vegetables in a snap.

Serve with an herb cheese dip

Indulge in the perfect balance of flavours by pairing your crispy butter bean snack with a creamy herb cheese dip. This delectable dip not only adds a luscious and tangy element but also serves as a delightful complement to the spiciness of the beans. The combination of the cool and creamy cheese dip with the crispy and fiery beans creates a harmonious contrast of textures and flavours, resulting in a well-rounded and satisfying snacking experience.

Enjoy a delicious, puffed butter beans snack

Indulge in the delightful experience of savouring a bowl of puffed butter beans, a delicious and addictive snack. Whether you are looking for a satisfying snack or a unique appetiser to impress your guests, these puffed beans are a winner. Their mild and buttery flavour pairs wonderfully with a variety of seasonings and dips like our salad cheese herb dip and potent cayenne pepper and garlic powder.

Add your own touch

There are several ways to customise our recipe. You can explore different seasoning blends to create distinctive flavour profiles. Experiment with combinations like smoky paprika and cumin for a southwestern US twist or curry powder and turmeric for an aromatic Indian-inspired taste.

Or adjust the level of spiciness. If you prefer milder heat, you can reduce or omit the cayenne pepper. On the other hand, if you enjoy a spicier kick, use a bit more cayenne pepper or sprinkle in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.

Another way to shake things up is by exploring various dipping sauces or toppings. While our suggested creamy cheese dip is delightful, consider trying alternatives such as creamy yoghurt-based dips, tangy salsa, guacamole, or even a refreshing drizzle of lime juice.