spiced seasoned adzuki beans

adzuki beans

Adzuki Beans

Spiced and seasoned adzuki beans will become a go to recipe for picnics, BBQs, family gatherings and more! Simple, creamy, delicious and packed with flavor!

What are Adzuki Beans

Most all other beans just make my heart sing. Now this one, the adzuki bean, has an earthy, nutty taste and a tad on the sweet side making them mighty tasty.  And, like most beans, they’re just down right GOOD for you in so many ways!  Now you can get them canned like most beans, but there’s no comparison in flavor and taste and cooking from the dry beans!

The azuki bean (from the Japanese アズキ(小豆) (azuki?)), also known as adzuki or aduki, is an annual vineVigna angularis, widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small (approximately 5 mm) bean.

Now, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t make this recipe. Just order the beans from Amazon! I have the links below to options. Here’s another of my fave beans, not your typical ‘run of the bean’ variety!

How to Cook Adzuki Beans

If you’ve never cooked dried beans, don’t despair. It’s not a difficult process. Once you’re comfortable with cooking dried adzuki beans, you’re gonna be able to cook just about any bean you want. Now you can cook these adzuki beans that are packed with health benefits in your slow cooker or your multi-cooker using the pressure cooker setting. But, I prefer to cook my beans, well, most of the time, on the stovetop, the old fashioned way. That’s because it just gives me the feeling of being back in Mom’s kitchen or my Grandma’s kitchen when few cooking appliances were available.

The key to making sure these beans cook well are simple. Be patient. Keep adding liquid to keep them from burning. And, give them the gift of time cooking low and slow for hours.

Adzuki Bean Health Benefits

Most of ya’ll know that one of my favorite foods is beans. Most any kind of bean out there. Well, there is NOT one bean that I just don’t care for and if you’re like me then you’ll love this bean recipe. You’re gonna flip this variation of a healthy bean recipe.

According to Health Benefit Times, the health benefits of adzuki beans abound! To get more details, read more from this article.

1. Antioxidant benefits

2. Prevent Diabetes

3. Gastrointestinal Issues

4. Brain Function

5. Reduces PMS Symptoms

6. Strong Bones and Teeth

7. Preventing heart disease

8. Help Improve Muscle Mass

9. Control Weight

Adzuki Bean Recipes

I’ve cooked adzuki beans soooooooooo many times! And, I’m continuing to share recipes using them. For now, check out these smoked adzuki beans with an abundance of fresh herbs! You’ll wanna run out and buy adzuki beans and, by all means, keep your own little herb garden even if it’s on a window sill of your kitchen or somewhere in your home!


adzuki beans

adzuki beans

spiced & seasoned azuki beans

Yield: About 6+ servings

Spiced and seasoned adzuki beans will become a go to recipe for picnics, BBQs, family gatherings and more! Simple, creamy, delicious and packed with flavor!


  • 3 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups dry azuki beans
  • 1 ham hock
  • 8+ cups water
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbl dried minced onions
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked hot paprika
  • ½ can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions 


  1. In a deep skillet over high heat, put the olive oil, beans, ham hock and cover the beans with about 3 inches of water.
  2. Bring to a roaring boil cooking about 30 minutes and adding water as needed (keep about 2” of water covering the beans).  Add the garlic, bay leaves, onions, salt, cumin and paprika.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid slightly askew (to let steam escape) and cook another hour adding water as needed.
  4. Reduce heat to low, blend in the mushroom soup and simmer until the beans are tender (this could be another about hour plus) letting the liquid thicken some and boil down just covering the beans.
  5. Blend in the parsley and green onions right before serving.


You can substitute vegetable broth or chicken stock for water or do half and half.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Instead of ham hocks….smoked turkey?

    1. Oh, definitely, for sure! That would be ahhhhmazing! Please let me know how you like!! xoxx ally

  2. Lisa Adams says:

    I made this with a tbs miso paste instead of ham hock and 1/2 c. Dried shitake insted of cream of mushroom soup. PHENOMENAL! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will be working it into my regular rotation.

    1. Lisa! What great substitutes! I’ll have to try them! I love beans and these adsuzki can’t be beat!! xox ~ally

  3. Heather Roush says:

    Can I do this in a crockpot?

    1. Hi, Heather~ Yes, you sure can. I’ve not done them in a crock pot, but I’m thinking probably 4-6 hours on high. Check for liquid. You just want to make sure the beans are tender and, hopefully, some of the liquid thickens. Let me know, luv! Thank you!

  4. Mary Ewing says:

    What are your thoughts on cooking this recipe in the insta pot (I actualy have an Ultra pot). I am new to this, but it seems this might speed up the cooking time.



    1. Hi, Mary! Yes, I totally think you could do these beans in an IP or similar multi-cooker. Love that you’re ‘new to this’ and ready to dive in! Yes, it would reduce the time for cooking. I’m not sure how it will affect the texture of the broth/gravy. Here’s another recipe using the same type beans (which can be called azuki or anasazi bean interchangeably). I think I’m gonna pull out my slow cooker and this recipe, too. Would love to hear how they turn out, luv! And, thank you for your Ally’s Kitchen support! xo ~ally

  5. Sounded pretty good then boom, cream of mushrooms soup? Why?

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