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Spicy Air Fryer Peanuts

These air fried peanuts are the perfect quick, healthy snack. They are tossed in a homemade spicy seasoning. You may even want to double or triple the batch.
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 231kcal
Author Charla


  • 2 cups peanuts blanched
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoon coconut sugar raw cane sugar works too
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca starch or arrowstarch
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt add more for a salty taste


  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Place a liner inside the air fryer basket (if you have them) after the preheat has finished.
  • Mix together the sugar, pink salt, garlic powder and, starch, cumin, cayenne pepper in a small bowl and set aside (reserve some of the spice mix for after the peanuts are done).
  • Place the peanuts in a medium sized bowl.
  • Drizzle the peanuts with olive oil and toss to coat (do this by flipping the bowl).
  • Sprinkle the spicy seasoning over the nuts and toss (again flip the bowl with a small amount of hand use) so that the nuts are completely coated.
  • Place the nuts in the air fryer basket, spreading out evenly so they are not overcrowded (you may need to cook them in batches)
  • Air fry on 180c for 15 minutes (cooking time my vary) or until the peanuts are begin to darken.
  • After 10 minutes reduce the temperature to 160c for roughly 5 minutes
  • Once done, allow the peanuts to completely cool, sprinkle the seasoning and store in an air tight container.


  • Be sure to check on the peanuts throughout the cooking time as this tends to vary from air fryer to air fryer so please use the stated time as a guide ONLY.
  • Depending on the capacity of your air fryer/model you may need to cook in batches.
  • This isn't a sweet spice mix, it's more spicy, if you want a greater balance of sweetness then adjust the coconut sugar.
  • For best results, wait for the peanuts to cool down before ending them and the coating adheres more when cold.
  • Focus on tossing the peanuts by flipping the bowl more so than using your hands as the more you rub the coating with your hands, it actually loosens it and ends up coming off.
  • Reserve some of the spice mix and sprinkle on once the peanuts have cooked.
  • Don't overcrowd the fryer basket, make sure the peanuts are laid out in a single layer.
  • Store the peanuts in an air tight container and consume in 1-2 weeks.
  • This is NOT a freezer friendly recipe


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg