Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe – Air fry fresh (or frozen) perfectly tender and crisp green beans in only 10 minutes for a quick, easy, delicious, and healthy side dish!

Pile of lightly fried green beans on a white plate.

Why We Love This Green Bean Recipe

Air frying is a fantastic way to prepare fresh vegetables as a healthy side dish for any midweek meal! Cooking with this wonder device is fast, simple, and easy to customize – plus, using the air fryer keeps the stove clear for cooking other dishes.

You can use this Air Fryer Green Beans recipe to cook French-style thin green beans or traditional American green beans. Although of course, we think the fresh green beans taste best, you can even air fry frozen green beans! Either way, the fryer creates the perfect barely-cooked texture in less than 10 minutes, allowing the green beans to taste fresh.

We’ve tossed the green beans in a little olive oil and seasoned them with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. However, feel free to experiment with all sorts of herbs and spices!

Top down view pile of lightly fried beans on a white plate.

Ingredients You Need

  • Green beans – fresh or frozen (make sure the trim the ends of the green beans)
  • Olive oil – or other high-heat oil, like avocado or canola oil
  • Spices – salt, pepper, and garlic powder – or other seasonings…

Other Spices that Go Well with Green Beans

Get creative and doll these veggies up with any spices you like! Consider some of these tasty options for extra flavor:

Bag of French beans.

How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans

Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. 

Set out a large mixing bowl. Place washed and trimmed green beans in the bowl. Then drizzle olive oil over the top, followed by a sprinkling of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss well to make sure the oil and seasoning have completely coated the green beans.

Raw beans coated in oil and spices, in a large white bowl.

Dump the green beans into the hot air fryer basket. Close and air fry for 5-6 minutes for thin French-style green beans.

Get the Complete (Printable) Easy Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe + Video Below. Enjoy!

Long green beans in an air fryer basket.

Make sure to shake the basket once halfway through cooking. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Long greenbeans in an air fryer basket.

How to Air Fry Frozen Green Beans

There is no need to thaw frozen green beans before air frying! This recipe works just as well for frozen-cut and long beans.

Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. 

Coat the beans in the olive oil and spice blend, and air fry for 8-10 minutes. Give the basket a shake at the 4-minute mark.

Chopped frozen greenbeans in an air fryer basket.

Serving Suggestions

Green beans are a classic veggie side dish, and pair well with nearly any main dish! And it’s super easy to use spices that “match” your protein.

Pair well-seasoned air-fried green beans with super simple dishes like Smoked Chicken or Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Chicken or Grilled Salmon, or Baked Chicken Cutlets.

Or enjoy them as a healthy balance to heavier comfort foods like Smothered Chicken, Steak Fingers with Country Gravy, or Chicken Fried Steak. Go elevated and serve alongside Steak Diane (a copycat of your favorite Cheesecake Factory recipe!), Steak au Poivre, or Lobster Ravioli with Lobster Sauce.

Adjust the seasonings and serve the beans with Orange Chicken or Hunan Beef, Creamy Skillet Cajun Chicken and Pasta, Paneer Tikka Masala, or Pollo Asado (Mexican Grilled Chicken).

Pile of air fryer green beans on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do fresh green beans need to be soaked before cooking?

No, there is no need to soak the beans prior to air frying. Just toss with the oil and spices, and go for it!

How long does it take to cook green beans?

Fresh green beans air fry in only about 6 minutes. Frozen beans cook in less than 10 minutes.

How do you keep green beans crisp when cooking?

Be sure the beans are rinsed and dried thoroughly, and are then well coated in oil. Shake the basket halfway through cooking so that they cook evenly. And remove them promptly when done: They should be firm and bright green.

How long do leftovers last?

Cooked green beans will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. Although they will start to lose their tender bite after a few days.

Reheat them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to get some of that snap back.

Are Air Fried Green Beans healthy?

Absolutely! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-carb, and packed with vitamins and nutrients. These beans make fabulous healthy snacks and side dishes.

Plate of air fried green beans. Metal fork holds two beans to camera.

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Air Fryer Green Beans

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Air fry fresh (or frozen) perfectly tender and crisp green beans in only 10 minutes for a quick, easy, delicious and healthy side dish.
Servings: 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Set out a large mixing bowl. Place washed and trimmed green beans in the bowl. Then drizzle olive oil over the top, followed by a sprinkling of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss well to make sure the oil and seasoning have completely coated the green beans.
  • Dump the green beans into the hot air fryer basket. Close and air fry for 5-6 minutes for thin French-style green beans, or 6-7 minutes for thicker green beans. If using frozen green beans, air fry for 8-10 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket once halfway through cooking. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.

Video

Notes

Cooked green beans will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Although they will start to lose their tender bite after a few days.
Reheat them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to get some of that snap back.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz, Calories: 53kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 242mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 782IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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