Air Fried Olives with Spring Onion Yoghurt Dip
Have you ever had air fried olives? If not, you are in for a treat! These crunchy, salty little morsels are absolutely everything you could want in a bar snack.
Feeling peckish? This air-fried olive delight is my new ultimate bar snack. Crunchy, salty, and moreish as anything, air-fried olives are everything you want in a salty snack or appetiser. Served with a creamy and herbaceous spring onion yoghurt dip, these olives are simply addictive!
I love serving them as a snack alongside a frosty, cold beer on a hot day, but they are equally as good served as a fun starter for a dinner party. The creamy yoghurt dip contrasted against the salty, crunchy exterior of the olive bites is simply divine!
This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make and requires only a limited ingredient list.
The key ingredients for air-fried crispy olives
Use your favourite pitted olives to make this recipe. I’ve used pitted green olives here, but any variety will work – black, kalamata, pickled, brined, spicy – the sky’s the limit!
Get the best feta cheese you can. I like to use plain creamy and crumbly Greek feta in this recipe, but you can use flavoured/seasoned feta or feta-style cheeses if you prefer.
Coating and dredging the olives will result in a crispy exterior; for the ultimate crispy and crunchy air-fried olive, you need panko. Panko breadcrumbs are incredibly light and will help anything you coat in them to fry up perfectly crispy and golden.
Preparing this dish could not be simpler – simply stuff and coat the olives, pop them into the air fryer, make the dipping sauce, and serve! You will need only 9 basic ingredients to make this dish, and it comes together in under 15 minutes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why air fry the olives? Can I make them in the oven instead?
This dish is wonderfully light and crispy, with none of the heavy fattiness that deep-frying can bring. This dish can be made in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer. Simply bake the olives in a preheated oven at 220 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
What can I serve this with?
This dish is marvellous on its own; however, if you’re in the mood for a bit of extra deliciousness, you can serve some toasted flatbreads on the side to dip along with your olives. My yoghurt flatbread is always a winner!