Air Fryer Green Beans

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

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

green beans in bowl with cheese and blue cloth behind
We’re big fans of air fried green beans now!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you air fry green beans, think about these few recipe tips and/or substitutions for best results:

  • This recipe uses fresh green beans. If you have frozen, here’s how we make frozen green beans in the air fryer!
  • In the air fryer, we use avocado oil. This is because it has a high smoke point (it takes a higher heat until it starts smoking). We do not recommend virgin olive oil because it has a lower smoke point and could start smoking when air frying at higher temperatures.
  • We usually leave our green beans whole and just trim the ends but you can cut them again in the middle for smaller, more spoon-friendly beans.
  • You can change up the spices to suit your tastes – you could make the green beans a little spicy with a hint of cayenne or chili powder!

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you would like visuals for how to make air fryer green beans, have a look at this sections with step-by-step recipe process photos.

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Trim the ends.

First, trim the ends of the green beans. If desired, you can also cut them in half or into smaller pieces.

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Wash the beans.

Wash the green beans in the sink and then pat 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.

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Add seasoning.

Add green the beans as well as oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and toss until everything is evenly coated.

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

raw green beans in black air fryer tray
Place the green beans onto the tray.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it 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 them for 9-11 minutes until tender and lightly crispy. Shake approximately every 3 minutes.

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

cooked green beans in bowl with cloth behind
Look at those air fryer green beans – crispy, soft, and delicious!

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 with a lid in the fridge.

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!

What to Serve Air Fryer Green Beans With

Green beans in air fryer make a really nice, simple side dish. Because they have a much lighter flavor but lots of texture, we like to serve them with meat dishes like grilled chicken breast or even fish.

Along with a meat item and the beans, something like roasted potatoes and/or rice works well to round out a nice dinner meal idea!

Related Recipes

Looking for more green air fryer vegetables? Try out these classic recipes:

cooked green beans in bowl with cloth behind

Air Fryer Green Beans

Air fryer green beans make the perfect vegetable side dish. With a little oil and a few simple spices, these air fried green beans have a hint of crisp on the outside while staying soft and tender on the inside!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Trim the ends of the green beans and wash them. Then pat them dry.
  • Add green the beans as well as oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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 for 9-11 minutes until tender and lightly crispy. Shake approximately every 3 minutes. Since air fryer models vary, your frying time might be slightly different. In our air fryer, green beans usually need exactly 10 minutes.

Notes

  • We don’t recommend using virgin olive oil in the air fryer due to its low smoke point. Instead, we use avocado oil but sesame oil or even canola oil are also suitable (they all have a higher smoke point).
  • It’s also important not to overcrowd the food in the air fryer. If your air fryer is very small (ours is a 6 quart capacity) then you may need to cook the beans in two batches.

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 Vegetables
Cuisine American

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