Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

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Searching for a veggie side dish but only have frozen options? Air fryer frozen green beans are actually pretty good!

Lightly seasoned and ready in just a few minutes, these green beans end up tender and slightly crunchy when made in the air fryer.

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Air fryer frozen green beans are pretty tasty!

Recipe Tips

Before you make frozen green beans in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so you achieve the best results!

  • The thickness of the beans and your air fryer can influence the cooking time. Thinner beans will take less time – as will beans that have been cut into smaller pieces. Be sure to keep an eye on the beans towards the end.
  • If you have an air fryer with a tray that has large holes we would recommend not using super fine green beans or green beans that have been cut into very small pieces. Otherwise, a lot of them might fall through the cracks!
  • Speaking of beans, we found that the quality of the beans definitely affects the final product. If you end up with a bad batch of frozen green beans (which happened to us one time – not when taking photos for this post though), the air fryer can only do so much.
  • You can definitely modify the seasonings you use to suit your tastes. We like to keep things simple with salt, garlic powder, and pepper but you can always add stronger spices like cayenne pepper for a hint of kick.
  • There is no need to thaw the green beans first. Just add the frozen green beans to the preheated air fryer. (If you are wondering, here’s how we make fresh green beans in the air fryer).

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions on how to air fry frozen green beans, you can find the instructions with photos in this section.

If you’re feeling confident and just want the cooking time and temperature without visuals, head to the bottom of this post for the recipe card!

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Add the frozen green beans to a bowl.

First, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the meantime, add the frozen green beans, oil, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to a mixing bowl.

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Make sure the beans are evenly coated in oil and spices.

Toss everything until the frozen green beans are evenly coated in oil and spices.

green beans with spices in black air fryer tray
Add the green beans to the air fryer.

Once the air fryer is hot, add the green beans to the air fryer basket. Gently shake the basket so that there is little overlap.

Make sure to not overcrowd the beans in the air fryer too much.

If this amount of green beans is too much for your fryer, better make less or cook the beans in two batches.

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Cook the frozen green beans until tender.

Cook the frozen green beans for 10-13 minutes until tender. Gently shake the basket every 4 minutes.

Fine green beans will take less time than regular-sized green beans. The exact cooking time can also vary slightly since every air fryer cooks differently.

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Frozen green beans in the air fryer – ready to be a side!

Once cooked, remove the green beans from the air fryer, place them into a serving bowl and enjoy!

They go great with Sunday night dinners like roast beef or a dish like salmon with some delicious fingerling potatoes.

Storage Tips

Air-fried frozen green beans actually store nicely if you have any leftovers.

Place the beans in a sealed container and put it in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for 3-5 days but they might get a little moister over time.

To reheat the green beans, you can place them back into the air fryer for a few minutes to dry them out again.

Alternatively, the microwave will also work, but don’t expect the beans to get crunchy again!

Related Recipes

For more tasty air fryer vegetable ideas (from frozen), have a look at some of the other options:

green beans in bowl on wooden board

Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans are a quick and easy veggie side dish! Lightly seasoned and ready in just minutes, these beans are crispy yet tender - just like if you've made fresh beans!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen green beans
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the meantime, add the frozen green beans, oil, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to a mixing bowl. Toss everything until the frozen green beans are evenly coated in oil and spices.
  3. Once the air fryer is hot, add the green beans to the air fryer basket. Gently shake the basket so that there is little overlap. Make sure to not overcrowd the beans in the air fryer too much. If this amount of green beans is too much for your fryer, better make less or cook the beans in two batches.
  4. Cook the frozen green beans for 10-13 minutes until tender. Gently shake the basket every 4 minutes. Fine green beans will take less time than regular-sized green beans. The exact cooking time can also vary slightly since every air fryer cooks differently.
  5. Once cooked, remove the green beans from the air fryer, place them into a serving bowl and enjoy!

Notes

  • Fine green beans will take less time to cook, as will frozen green beans that are cut into smaller pieces.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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