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Air Fryer Green Beans

by Capri Lilly
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Air Fryer Green Beans seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic, then cooked to tender, crisp perfection in less than 15 minutes. Add this quick, easy side dish to a casual weeknight meal or holiday feast! (This recipe is gluten-free and vegan.)

Making vegetables in the air fryer is an easy, fool-proof way to make tasty vegetables. Try our Air Fryer Asparagus and Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon next!

plated air fryer green beans with two lemon wedges

These crispy air fryer green beans are a delicious addition to any meal. Roasted in the air fryer, they have a crisp coating and a tender inside. They have a delightful texture and are lightly seasoned so the natural flavor shines through.

Making air-fried green beans tastes better than boiled green beans and uses less oil than fried green beans. Best of all, this easy air fryer recipe leaves room on your stove and in your oven to cook the rest of your meal!

fresh green beans in a bowl

You’ll love these Air Fryer Green Beans because they’re:

  • Healthy – Boost the nutrients in your meal by adding this keto-friendly veggie. Green beans are packed with fiber and vitamin K which promotes strong bones. It also contains vitamin B which has been known to reduce depression.
  • Quick and Easy – From start to finish, green beans in the air fryer only take about 15 minutes to prepare.
  • Customizable – This recipe is super simple but we share a few delicious variations that include cheese and bacon! You can also season them with your favorite herbs and spices.
green beans and minced garlic in a bowl
seasoned green beans in a bowl

Ingredients

  • Fresh green beans: They should also be cut and cleaned before cooking. If you don’t want to cut them yourself, you can purchase them precut at the grocery store.
  • Olive oil: A little goes a long way in this recipe!
  • Garlic cloves: Mince the garlic before adding it to the green beans. Fresh garlic is best but if you don’t have that, you can use garlic powder.
  • Seasoning: The simple duo of salt and freshly ground black pepper will do.
  • Lemon wedges: Serve it on each plate not just for presentation but for a refreshing citrus spritz of lemon juice with every bite. Garnish with lemon zest to enhance the presentation.
green beans in air fryer
fully cooked air fryer green beans

How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes to 380°F.
  2. Trim the stem ends from the green beans. Transfer the green beans to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil. Toss to combine.
  3. Arrange the green beans in a single layer in the air fryer. Some overlap is okay, but do not pile layers of green beans into the air fryer. (Work in batches if needed)
  4. Air fry the green beans for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender, shaking the basket halfway through.
  5. Transfer the green beans to a serving bowl and squeeze a bit of lemon onto the green beans. Enjoy!

What to Serve With Air Fryer Green Beans

overhead view of a plate of veggies with lemon wedges on the side

Tips

  • Completely dry the veggies before adding oil or you could end up with soggy green beans. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer so the heat circulates and it cooks evenly. You may have to cook in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Shake the air fryer basket to ensure everything cooks evenly. Or use tongs to flip the green beans.
  • The total time to cook depends on the model of your air fryer. Monitor them as they cook for the best results.
  • These are best enjoyed fresh out of the air fryer so prepare them last if you are making a full meal.

Recipe Variations

  • Parmesan: Halfway through cooking, take out the air fryer basket and sprinkle the green beans with parmesan cheese. They will have a delightful crunch that can substitute fries.
  • Bacon: Top air fryer green beans with bacon crumbles for a savory, salty side dish.
  • Sliced Almonds: Top with sliced almonds for an added crunch!
  • Spicy: Instead of olive oil, use chili oil. Garnish the cooked air fryer green beans with chili flakes and sesame seeds.
air fried green beans in an air fryer basket

Storage for Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, add them to a preheated air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes at 380°F. 

What is the difference between green beans and French green beans?

There are over 130 varieties of green beans across the world. French green beans are a type of green bean. French green beans are longer and thinner than regular green beans.

Can frozen green beans be cooked in an air fryer?

You can air fry frozen green beans but they will take longer. Before seasoning them, place them in the air fryer for about 5 minutes at the same temperature they will cook at. Once they have defrosted, add your seasonings and oil then continue to cook.

close up of plated veggies with lemon wedges

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe! 

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overhead view of a plate of green beans with lemon wedges on the side

Air Fryer Green Beans

Air Fryer Green Beans are seasoned and cooked to tender, crisp perfection in less than 15 minutes. Add this quick and easy side dish to a casual weeknight meal or holiday feast! This recipe is gluten-free and vegan.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes to 380°F.
  • Trim the stem ends from the green beans. Transfer the green beans to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil. Toss to combine.
  • Arrange the green beans in a single layer in the air fryer. Some overlap is okay, but do not pile layers of green beans into the air fryer. (Work in batches if needed)
  • Air fry the green beans for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender, shaking the basket halfway through.
  • Transfer the green beans to a serving bowl and squeeze a bit of lemon onto the green beans. Enjoy!

Notes

**Please Note: I’ve made this recipe in an Instant Vortex Air Fryer and a Yedi 7 QT air fryer. Cooking Time may vary based on the type of air fryer you use. Monitor the food while cooking and adjust the time according to your desired doneness.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.8g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 2.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 1.1g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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