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Butter Bean Dip

This smooth and creamy Butter Bean Dip takes just minutes to prepare. It makes for a great healthy snack, fast appetiser or condiment alongside your main meal. Adapt the flavours of this easy recipe to your own liking for a tasty savoury treat!
Course Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 165kcal
Author Alexandra


For the Dip:

  • 400 g (14 ounces) can of butter beans See Note 1
  • 1 ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil See Note 2 and 4
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice - freshly squeezed See Note 3 and 4
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • a little water - if too thick
  • sea salt and black pepper - to taste

Optional Garnishes:

  • freshly chopped parsley
  • cayenne pepper


  • Drain and rinse your butter beans, and add to the bowl of a food processor, along with the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Blend until the dip is a smooth consistency, and season with salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice if required, and a little water until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Serve the dip with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.


  1. I use a can of butter beans for this recipe, which I rinse and drain well. You can also use dried beans which you have soaked and cooked.
  2. I love the depth of flavour the Extra Virgin Olive Oil gives to this dip. 
  3. Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice, to begin with, and adjust to taste accordingly.
  4. The Australian tablespoon is 20 ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 15 ml or 3 teaspoons. You may need to adjust your measurements accordingly.
  5. Please note, the nutritional information is based on the dip being enjoyed as an appetiser by four people.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg