How to make cannabutter with an air fryer

Published Apr 6, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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Learning how to make cannabutter is easy, but if you want the best tasting and most potent stuff possible, then you’ll want to be choosey when you’re selecting a cannabutter recipe. This might not be one of your typical air fryer recipes that results in an extravagant meal, but when it’s done, you'll have the power to infuse almost anything that your heart desires, which is just as good.

Air fryer cannabutter recipe

You’ll notice that the process for making cannabutter in an air fryer isn’t exactly fast, but that’s a good thing because all of the slow precision heat steeping allows for a swift and efficient extraction of all of the cannabinoids, which results in a much more potent cannabutter than you’ll get with other methods, so it’s more than worth the wait.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Calories: 230

Servings: 1 cup cannabutter


  • 2 sticks salt-free butter (8oz)
  • 1-ounce cannabis flower (or 3 grams of kief, rosin, or hash)
  • 1 teaspoon soy lecithin


  • Air fryer
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven safe dish (small enough to fit in the basket of the air fryer)
  • Toothpick
  • Oven gloves
  • Fine mesh filter
  • Container


  1. To begin, you’ll need to decarboxylate the cannabis or other chosen product and to do that it should all be ground down or pulled apart into small pieces so that it heats evenly.

  2. Put all the herb grinds into an oven-safe dish and then wrap it tightly with aluminum foil.

  3. Use a toothpick to poke several small holes into the top of the aluminum foil and then place the whole thing into the air fryer.

  • Bake the dish of weed in the air fryer at 250°F for two 30 minute cycles but be sure to give it all a good stir once the first cycle is up.

  • Unwrap the oven-safe dish carefully, so that you don’t dump the decarboxylated cannabis, and add the sticks of butter and soy lecithin in with the grinds.

  • Re-wrap the dish and then heat it in the air fryer at 250°F for 40 minutes.

  • Remove the tin foil and toss it away, as by this point it will have lost much of its integrity, and then replace it with a fresh new layer wrapped in the same way.

  • Put the dish back into the air fryer for another 40-minute cycle at 250° F.

  • Stir the ingredients in the dish, then re-wrap it once more before putting it back into the air fryer for another 40 minutes at the same temperature.

  • After all of that waiting, the extraction is finally complete, so remove the dish from the air fryer and leave it on the counter to cool down enough that it is safe to handle.

  • Pour the cannabutter liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a container to remove any of the green particles. This straining process can be done more than once if the first round doesn’t leave the butter-free of green plant materials.

  • Once the butter is in the container, put it into the fridge so that it’s safe and ready for when you need it.

  • Storage

    Cannabutter will hold up in the fridge just as long as regular butter, but it lasts even longer if it’s kept in an appropriate container in the freezer. In the fridge, you can expect it to stay fresh for a few weeks at most, but in the freezer, you can pull a batch out several months later and it’ll still be almost as good as new.

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