Air Fryer Green Beans
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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!
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!
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:
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- Creole or Blackened seasoning
- Italian seasoning
- Buffalo seasoning
- Everything bagel seasoning
- Adobo seasoning
- Old Bay seasoning
- Red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese
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.
Dump the green beans into the hot air fryer basket. Close and air fry for 5-6 minutes for thin French-style green beans.
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Make sure to shake the basket once halfway through cooking. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.
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.
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).
Frequently Asked Questions
No, there is no need to soak the beans prior to air frying. Just toss with the oil and spices, and go for it!
Fresh green beans air fry in only about 6 minutes. Frozen beans cook in less than 10 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for More Healthy Side Dish Recipes? Be Sure to Also Try:
- How to Steam Broccoli
- Oven Baked Green Beans Almondine
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Roasted Vegetable Medley
- Sweet and Spicy Roasted Broccolini
- Stir Fry Sugar Snap Peas
Air Fryer Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans or frozen
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 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.
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