Air Fryer Green Beans

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Searching for an easy to make and yummy vegetable side dish? Air fryer green beans are for you!

With some fresh green beans, a bit of oil, and a few common spices, you can make a flavorful side dish that is slightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!

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We’re big fans of air fried green beans!

Ingredients

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The ingredients needed for these green beans!

To make these green beans in the air fryer, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Green beans – You’ll need one pound of fresh green beans.
  • Salt – To add flavor.
  • Pepper – For flavor, add more or less to taste.
  • Garlic powder – This is optional, but recommended if you like garlic.
  • Oil – We use avocado oil, but canola oil, sunflower oil or vegetable oil also work well.

Recipe Tips

Before you make fresh green beans in the air fryer, have a quick read through these few recipe tips and/or substitutions for best results:

  • If you have frozen green beans, here’s how we make frozen green beans in the air fryer!
  • Dry the green beans well after washing them to avoid extra moisture in the air fryer.
  • Make sure to trim the ends and cut very large green beans in half again.
  • You can change up the spices to suit your tastes – you could make the green beans a little spicy with a hint of cayenne pepper or chili flakes.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer when cooking green beans. Otherwise they might not cook evenly. This is especially important if you want your green beans to turn out crispy!

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

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Step by Step Instructions

In this section, you’ll learn exactly how to make this air fryer green beans recipe. We’ve included all the recipe process photos so that you can follow along and see how you’re doing!

You can also find the step-by-step instructions without visuals in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post!

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Trim the ends.

Start by washing the green beans and then patting them dry with a dishtowel, paper towel or similar.

This step is important since you don’t want extra moisture to get into your air fryer.

Then trim the ends of the green beans. You can also cut them in half or into smaller pieces if they are quite large.

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Add seasoning.

Next, add the green beans as well as oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and toss until the beans are evenly coated in oil and spices.

Of course you can modify the spices you use to suit your taste buds.

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Place the green beans into the air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the green beans out on the air fryer tray. They shouldn’t overlap too much and should be in one even layer.

If your air fryer is too small to fit all the green beans, cook them in two batches.

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Slightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Cook the green beans for 8-11 minutes until tender and slightly crispy. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 3 minutes to help with even cooking.

If you want the green beans to be crispier, cook them for an extra minute or two.

Since air fryer models vary, your cooking time might be slightly different. In our air fryer, green beans usually need exactly 10 minutes.

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Look at those green beans – crispy, soft, and delicious!

When done, remove the green beans from the air fryer and add them to a serving dish. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Air fryer string beans are definitely best fresh out of the air fryer. If you have any leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, cooked green beans last for 3 to 5 days.

They’ll get a little more soggy but will still be good to reheat the next day.

To reheat, you can toss them in the microwave for the quick and easy way – or toss them back in the air fryer for a few minutes. We usually reheat green beans at 280 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to Serve Air Fryer Green Beans With

Air fried green beans make a really nice, simple vegetable side dish. They go well with:

FAQ

Here are some answers to questions about making green beans in the air fryer.

How to cook green beans in the air fryer?

To cook green beans in the air fryer, wash them and trim the ends. Place them in a mixing bowl with spices and oil and mix until coated. Add the beans to the air fryer and cook for 8-11 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit until tender. Personal preference and your air fryer may vary the cooking time.

How long to cook green beans in the air fryer?

Fresh green beans need roughly 8-11 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit until tender when cooked in the air fryer. This time can vary by air fryer and amount of beans you’re trying to cook.

Related Recipes

If you enjoyed this recipe for green beans, here are some more air fryer vegetable recipes that you can try out!

crispy green beans in serving dish with one hanging out sitting on wooden board on counter.

Air Fryer Green Beans

Air Fryer Green Beans make a delicious vegetable side dish. With a little oil and a few simple seasonings, these beans are soft and tender on the inside with a hint of crisp on the outside!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper, more to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the green beans. Then trim the ends of the green beans and cut bigger ones in half.
    1 pound green beans
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the green beans as well as oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and toss until the green beans are evenly coated.
    2 teaspoons avocado oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • When the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the green beans out on the air fryer tray. They shouldn't overlap too much and should be in one even layer.
  • Cook them at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-11 minutes total until tender and lightly crispy. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 3 minutes. Since air fryer models vary, your cook time might be slightly different. In our air fryer, green beans usually need exactly 10 minutes. For crispier green beans, cook them an extra minute or two but keep an eye on them.
  • When done, remove the green beans from the air fryer and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  •  Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If your air fryer is very small (ours is a 6 quart capacity) then you may need to cook the green beans in two batches. This is especially important if you want your green beans to be crispy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 65mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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