Crispy Air Fryer Green Beans

New to the air fryer revolution? Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect “get started recipe” to familiarize yourself with your fryer. But trust me, these beans are good! This will not be a one-and-done recipe. 

I’ll admit, my wife and I were late to the air fryer craze. We were also a bit tardy to the instant pot craze. I’ll blame it on not having enough counter space. 

But after consolidating some of our small NYC kitchen and purging a few unused items, I thought it was worth a try. (I also might have fallen down one too many TikTok air fryer rabbit holes).

Needless to say, as soon as our Instant Pot Vortex Pro air fryer arrived, I tore open the packaging and headed to the grocery store. 

Just getting started on your air fryer journey? Maybe just looking for a few simple healthy recipes? Start here with these scrumptious air fried green beans.

How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of green beans or string beans
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
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Instructions

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Spray the inside of the air fryer basket with olive oil. Set your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit in the “air fry” mode. Preheat your air fryer depending on the directions of the make and model.

When your fryer is hot, place your green beans in a single layer. Spray your beans with olive oil, then season with salt. Set the timer for 10 minutes.

Halfway through, or when your air fryer alerts you, take the air fryer basket out and toss your beans.

When the timer goes out, remove your beans. If you want them crispier, put them back in for an additional two minutes.

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Crispy Air Fryer Green Beans

Tasty, perfectly crispy, and the perfect side dish to any meal.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried green beans, Air Fryer Green beans, crispy green beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 26kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Green beans
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt
  • Cracked fresh pepper

Instructions

  • Spray the inside of the air fryer basket with olive oil. Set your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit in the "air fry" mode. Preheat your air fryer depending on the directions of the make and model.
  • When your fryer is hot, place your green beans in a single layer. Spray your beans with olive oil, then season with salt. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Halfway through, or when your air fryer alerts you, take the air fryer basket out and toss your beans.
  • When the timer goes out, remove your beans. If you want them crispier, put them back in for an additional two minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 587IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Can you use frozen green beans?

You can definitely make air fryer green beans with frozen beans. You’ll want to defrost them first and let them drain on paper towels. If possible, use fresh green beans. I do recommend it. There is nothing like fresh green beans with a good snap!

Can I use a different type of oil?

Olive oil isn’t the only oil you can use. Feel free to broaden your oil horizons using canola or avocado oil. Really anything you have in your pantry will work. Your air fryer won’t get hot enough to have to worry about specific smoke points.

Seasoning for Air Fryer Green Bean Recipe

This recipe is great because it’s basic. And whenever you hear the term basic or staple recipe, think of creativity. Like the oil we mentioned above, any kind of fry seasonings will work. Below are a few solid options I keep in my seasoning rotation:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoke paprika
  • Sweet paprika
  • Red pepper flakes (add after cooking)
  • Fresh lemon juice (squeeze onto your beans when serving)

What to Serve With Air Fryer Green Beans

These crispy green beans are perfect for serving with nearly any dish you can think of. Whether you’re going completely healthy or looking to add some green vegetables to a not-so-healthy meal, these beans are the perfect side dish.

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Spousal rating: this one’s easy. A solid 10/10. They were so good they never made it to our plates. After I snapped a few pics, we stood at the kitchen counter, eating them with our hands. Is that an 11/10?


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I hope you enjoy these easy air fryer green beans. Have questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below. Until next time: Stay salty, and sweet 😉

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