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Air Fryer Green Beans – My Baking Addiction

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Love roasted green beans but don’t have space in your oven? These air fryer green beans are quick and easy to make without having to turn on the oven! Try topping them with everything from parmesan cheese to red pepper flakes to a squeeze of lemon juice.

Lemon being squeezed over air fryer green beans in a white serving bowl.

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Sometimes I get so focused on the main dish for dinner that I forget about making a vegetable side.

I’ll realize 15 minutes before dinner is ready that I haven’t even thought about a vegetable, much less started cooking one!

That’s when I like to grab a bag of green beans from the fridge and turn to my air fryer for a simple side that I can make in about 10 minutes.

These air fryer green beans are delicious alongside your favorite easy meatloaf or sloppy joes for a weeknight dinner. And since they don’t take up any space in your oven, they’re also perfect for adding to your holiday menu alongside favorites like glazed ham, hash brown casserole, honey glazed carrots, and sweet potato casserole.

Once you know the method, you can change up the seasonings to make these green beans your own. Whether you like them spicy, lemony, or with a balsamic glaze, they’re a side dish you’ll make time and time again.

Air fryer green beans next to slices of roasted chicken and wedges of lemon on a white plate.

CAN YOU MAKE GREEN BEANS IN THE AIR FRYER?

We’ve used our air fryer to make air fryer roasted potatoes, air fryer brussels sprouts, and air fryer chicken tenders.

If you’re like me and love your air fryer because you can save oven space (or avoid turning on the oven altogether), then I’ve got great news for you: You can totally make roasted green beans in it, too!

Bowl of air fryer green beans topped with flaky sea salt next to an air fryer.

This recipe is super simple because it’s really all about the method. 

Once you know how to make these green beans, you can flavor them however you like. Skip down to “recipe variations” for some ideas!

Ingredients for air fryer green beans on a gray countertop.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER GREEN BEANS

If you’re just getting started using your air fryer, it’s helpful to learn a few basic recipes that you can riff on as you play around with it more. This is one of those recipes!

Ingredients you’ll need

To make these green beans as written, you will need:

  • Fresh green beans: To get nice and crisp green beans, I recommend using fresh green beans. You can air fry frozen green beans as well, but the texture won’t be quite the same. Make sure to trim the ends of the green beans and snap them in half if you want.
  • Olive oil: You’ll need about a tablespoon of olive for a pound of green beans. 
  • Granulated garlic: I prefer to use granulated garlic here. Garlic powder tends to get clumpy, but granulated garlic covers the green beans more evenly.
  • Salt & pepper: Of course we will need some salt and pepper for these green beans! I always season mine to taste.
Tongs tossing fresh green beans with oil and seasoning in a metal bowl.

Making this recipe

This is so easy. Are you ready?

In a bowl, toss together the green beans, olive oil, granulated garlic, and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Make sure the green beans get thoroughly coated with the oil and seasoning.

Cooked green beans in the basket of an air fryer set on a gray countertop.

Add the green beans to the basket of your air fryer and cook at 370°F for about 8 minutes. I like to give them a toss halfway through.

8 minutes is the perfect amount of time to cook the green beans but for them to retain a nice crisp-tender bite to them. If you prefer them to be softer, cook for an additional 2 minutes at a time until they are the way you like them.

Overhead view of air fryer green beans in a white bowl.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

Now for the fun part: ways to make these green beans your own!

You can serve these just the way they are and they’ll be delicious, but you can also add additional flavors either before or after cooking.

White serving bowl filled with air fryer green beans topped with chili crunch.

After they are done cooking, try finishing them with freshly grated parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, some balsamic glaze, a spoonful of chili crunch…the sky’s the limit!

Or change up the seasonings on the green beans before they go into the air fryer. Some of my favorites are adding crushed red pepper flakes, tossing the green beans with our favorite chili garlic sauce for a spicy twist, or adding some herbs to the mix.

However you make them, these air fryer green beans are the simplest side, perfect for holidays or weeknights alike!

Air fryer green beans drizzled with balsamic glaze on a white dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cleaned and ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss green beans, olive oil, granulated garlic, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper together in a bowl. Add to the basket of your air fryer.
  2. Air fry at 370°F for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Notes

8 minutes is the perfect amount of time to cook the green beans but for them to retain a nice crisp-tender bite to them. If you prefer them to be softer, cook for an additional 2 minutes at a time until they are the way you like them.

After cooking, finish green beans with some freshly grated parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, a spoonful of chili crunch, etc.

Change up the seasonings! Try adding crushed red pepper flakes, toss the green beans with your favorite hot chili garlic sauce, add some of your favorite herbs, etc.

Nutrition Information

Yield 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 68Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 81mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 2g


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