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Air Fryer Green Beans

The best thing about these air fryer green beans is that they’re extremely easy to prepare, and the recipe itself won’t take you even 10 minutes to do.

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Air fryer green beans

Air fryers are considered one of the best inventions in history for those who want to eat healthier or save up some time in making delicious dishes. While most people use their air fryer basket to prepare fries and other similar foods, you can also get your veggies there for a wonderful texture and flavor.

Today, I will cover my recipe for air fry green beans. The best news about air fryer green beans is that they’re extremely easy to prepare, and the recipe itself won’t take you even 10 minutes to do. If you’re in a rush or just want to prepare the perfect side dish for your next meal, give air fryer green beans a chance.

Now, let’s dive deep into this simple and quick, yet delicious, vegetable treat!

Why Should You Prepare Air-fried Green Beans?

There are many reasons why getting fresh green beans into your air fryer is an excellent choice. Let’s cover some of them below:

First, you can get as creative as you want with your air fryer green beans. You may take only two simple, daily ingredients to create an amazing side dish. However, there are many air fryer vegetable recipes you can try out, so rest assured that you will never get bored with this dish.

If you’re preparing food for the whole family, you can easily double/triple the quantity of your fresh green beans without spending too much money. Moreover, you can use many spices from your pantry to adapt the dish to your main course.

Even if you get leftovers (which is unlikely; air fryer green beans are delicious!), you can still add them to salads, fried rice, and many other recipes.

Air fryer green beans are perfect as an alternative to green bean casserole, which is typically served on special occasions like Christmas or Easter. The best part of these crispy green beans is that they’re much lighter than the casserole. Even if you fill your entire air fryer basket with these, you won’t have any problems.

Finally, you won’t need to preheat your oven or anything too daunting. All you need to do is get your fresh green beans, your seasoning, and your air fryer. Your dish will be ready in approximately under 10 minutes!

Air fryer on table

Who Are Air-fried Green Beans Suitable for?

In essence, you can cook green beans for any purpose, which means that this side dish is perfect for anyone. However, people who are on Low Carb, Gluten-free, Vegan, or Keto diets will also enjoy air fryer green beans, as they’re a much lighter and healthier alternative than other dishes out there. If you’re looking for more of a comfort food but still want it to be healthy, our ham, green beans, and potatoes recipe is great!

If you love green beans, or if you don’t but want to give them a second chance, consider this recipe for air fryer green beans. It won’t take too much time from you, and I promise it will blow your mind.

Cutting stems on green beans

What Can You Serve Air Fryer Green Beans with?

One of the best things about air fryer green beans is that you can serve them with a wide variety of dishes. Some air fryer recipes you can pair green beans with include:

Even if you aren’t planning on pairing your air fryer green beans with another dish, you can still eat them as your primary course. Feel free to add your favorite seasoning to make their flavor pop!

Some people use salt, pepper, or garlic powder to give them more flavor. To spice things up a notch, you can also get some fresh lemon juice there to make them even better!

Summarizing, there’s no standard rule for serving air fryer green beans. Let your creativity fly, and as long as you enjoy the taste, you’re good to go.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Get Started?

Now, let’s cover all of the ingredients you need to make air fryer green beans. The good news here is that you won’t need many ingredients, and you may already have everything you need at home.

There’s no specific quantity you will need per ingredient, so I will give you an approximation of what I use, and then you can adjust according to your needs.

Remember you can add other seasoning options like garlic powder if you feel like it. In most cases, you won’t need anything over 1 or 1/2 tsp. On the other hand, if you’re eating this dish on your own, you could add lemon wedges to get some fresh juice on top of your green beans.

Are There Any Substitutions for Air Fryer Green Beans?

Yes! You can get as creative as you want with your air fryer green beans. Here’s a list of popular substitutes you can consider before preparing this dish:

Green Beans

While I recommend fresh green beans if you want the “standard” version of this dish, you can also use French green beans. Both options are similar, but French green beans tend to be longer. Choose the option that best suits your needs.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is the standard option for preparing air fryer green beans. Thanks to air fryers, you won’t have to drop a gallon of oil to prepare these dishes. If you’re looking for a more “spicy” version of the air fryer green beans, consider adding just a little bit of chili oil.

Lemon Wedges

As mentioned before, lemon wedges are the perfect complement to air fryer green beans. All you have to do is squeeze the lemon juice over the top of the green beans, and you’ll be ready to go.


In most cases, salt and pepper are enough to prepare air fryer green beans. However, if you’re looking for something more special, you can add any seasoning of your preference. On the other hand, you can buy your favorite seasoning at your local grocery store or prepare one at home. Some people recommend onion powder, parmesan cheese, seasoned panko breadcrumbs, and paprika.

Oil, salt, and pepper

Preparing Air Fryer Green Beans | The Entire Process

As mentioned before, the process to air fry green beans is rather easy, it’s not rocket science by any means. I’ll walk you through each step I need to air fry my green beans to get that amazing, crisp-tender feeling I love.

Tips for Preparing Air Fryer Green Beans

That’s it! Preparing air fryer green beans is rather easy, as you can see. Now, let’s take a look at some tips I recommend if you’re going to prepare this delicious side dish at home:

  • Remember to top and tail your green beans before getting them into the air fryer.
  • If you’re preparing way too many green beans, I suggest you air fry them in either two batches or two trays. Technically, you could cook them all in the same batch, but you run the risk of not getting your beans fried evenly.
  • In case you want to keep air fryer green beans as healthy as possible, make sure to use olive oil cooking spray. You can also use regular olive oil, but keep in mind that could increase your portion’s calorie count.
  • The more you cook the green beans, the crisper they will be. However, be careful not to overcook them.
  • You can get some good dipping sauce for your green beans if you want an extra touch. Some great options include onion sauce without horseradish or honey sriracha sauce.
  • If you’re a fan of garlic, preparing air fryer garlic-roasted beans will be an amazing option.
  • Remember to add some chili powder to give your air fryer green beans some extra spice.
  • Air fryer green beans will lose crispness as they cool, so I recommend you eat them while they’re hot.

Is It Possible to Reheat Cooked Green Beans?

Absolutely! You can get any leftovers in a large bowl and store them so that you can eat them another day (more information on storage in the next section).

Now, you can use your air fryer again to give your green beans some of that “crunch” back, but you must be careful to not overcook them.

Once you’re done, you can get your green beans to your mixing bowl again and get some onion powder or any other seasoning of your preference.

On the other hand, if you want to be quick, you can also get your green beans into a microwave and reheat them. However, keep in mind that this option will not give your beans any crunch back.

How Can You Store Cooked Green Beans?

As mentioned before, you can store air fryer green beans without any problems. The first thing you need to do is wait until they cool entirely. Then, you may add the leftovers to an airtight container.

Personally, I recommend you don’t store your air fryer green beans for over three-four days. You can use a regular fridge to store them and then use the instructions above to reheat them in the way you find more appropriate. If you want to store uncooked green beans for longer, you can make pickled green beans.

Cutting green beans on board

Is There Any Other Way to Cook Green Beans?

Many people decide to use an air fryer due to how easy it is to fry things with it. An air fryer uses minimal amounts of oil, so you could technically fry your favorite food without all the health risks that using a lot of oil involves.

However, those who are not fans of the air fryer technology still have a wide range of cooking options to choose from. Green beans can be blanched, steamed, stir-fried, boiled, and even oven roasted.

In any case, try your best not to overcook them. Considering the short cooking time this side dish has, it’s possible that you could overcook them if you get distracted.

How Many Carbs Are in Air Fryer Green Beans?

If you get something like an air fryer garlic green bean recipe, don’t worry about carbs. On average, a single serving of air fryer green beans will only have 15 net carbs, which translates to roughly 3 carbs per bean.

Those who are on a diet can rest assured that this is the perfect snack or side dish, as it has a rather low carb count.

Bottom Line

Air fryer green beans work perfectly as a side dish, main dish, or snack. The best thing about them is that their cooking time/prep time is really short, so you can serve immediately with your primary course and enjoy!

I hope this page has helped you understand how to prepare this easy yet delicious and crispy dish.

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Green Beans

Air Fryer Green Beans

The best thing about these air fryer green beans is that they're extremely easy to prepare, and the recipe itself won't take you even 10 minutes to do.

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  1. First, preheat your air fryer to at least 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C.
  2. Next, grab the fresh green beans and trim off the ends; this is to remove any stems that may be there. Some people are able to snap them with their hands, but I personally prefer to use scissors or a knife to be more precise.
  3. Add the trimmed green beans to your mixing bowl, and start adding your preferred seasoning, including onion powder, paprika, etc. Feel free to use tongs to coat the beans in the best way possible. Consider giving your coated green beans a simple egg wash so that the coating sticks to the beans and gets them crispier.
  4. Get your coated green beans and get them to your air fryer basket. As a rule of thumb, I suggest you place them into a single layer to ensure they all get that bright green color and nice texture. Let's get to the most important part of the recipe: Setting up your air fryer.
  5. Then, get the air fryer basket, and spray your green beans with olive oil or the oil of your choosing. You can also add a bit more salt/pepper.Once the air fryer gets heated enough, place the basket inside, and set the cooking time for six-eight minutes.
  6. Make sure you shake the basket halfway through the process so that your green beans cook evenly. Once you're done, take your air fryer green beans and serve hot or at room temperature.


If you have frozen green beans, you don't need to worry, as the process will be the same. All you will need to do is defrost them or use double the cooking time.
Still, I recommend you use fresh green beans whenever possible to get a great crisp tender.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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