These Air Fryer Green Beans make the best easy side dish! Just four ingredients and 15 minutes for perfect crisp-tender green beans.
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I don’t know what it is about fresh green beans, but I think I could eat them with any meal. This Air Fryer Green Beans recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook up a bag of fresh green beans.
This recipe is made with just four ingredients and takes under 15 minutes to whip up. It’s the perfect quick and easy way to incorporate veggies into any meal!
Plus, it’s easy to customize the seasonings so they suit whatever you’re having for dinner.
No air fryer? Check out my Roasted Green Beans Recipe instead!
Just four ingredients for the best green beans? Heck yes! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Green Beans: use fresh, trimmed beans for the perfect crisp-tender texture.
- Oil: any cooking oil with a high smoke point will work.
- Salt and Pepper: we’re keeping these air fried green beans super simple with just salt and pepper, but feel free to add other seasonings if you like.
How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans
These Air Fryer Green Beans are the best easy side dish. They’re ready in a total of 13 minutes! Full instructions in the recipe card below.
- Season: In a bowl, toss the green beans with oil and seasonings.
- Air fry: Place the green beans into the air fryer and air fry until crisp tender.
Air Fryer Green Beans FAQs
Absolutely! This recipe is made with fresh green beans, a very small amount of oil, and a couple seasonings. Nothing bad here!
You’ll cook the green beans for anywhere from 5-10 minutes in the air fryer, depending on how well-done you like them. I recommend checking at 5 minutes, then adding time as needed.
Air Fried Green Beans are definitely best right away. However, if you do have leftovers they will last in an airtight container for 3-5 days. To reheat, warm either in the oven or back in the air fryer until heated.
Tips and Notes
- Use fresh green beans. The flavor and texture is just unmatched. You can air fry frozen green beans, but they won’t brown as nicely.
- Line the basket. Lining the air fryer basket with foil or parchment paper is optional, but it does make cleanup super easy.
- Toss in a bowl. You can toss the beans with the oil and seasonings in the air fryer basket, but I prefer to do it in a bowl so that the oil doesn’t drip through the rack before you have a chance to toss them.
- Make more! This recipe is great because you can so easily double or triple it if you’re serving a crowd. If you do make extra, though, I recommend cooking in batches. Overcrowding the basket won’t cook the green beans properly.
Air Fryer Green Beans Variations
- Add cheese. Add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.
- Use other seasonings. Add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder with the salt and pepper.
- Make them lemony. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with the oil before cooking, or squeeze some over the green beans after cooking.
Not only is this recipe so easy, but it’s also so darn versatile! So serve it up with literally any of your favorite entrees!
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Air Fryer Green Beans
- ½ lb fresh green beans, trimmed (450 grams)
- 1 tablespoon oil (use your favorite cooking oil)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, toss green beans with oil, salt and pepper.
- Place green beans in the air fryer (optional: you can put them on parchment or foil if you prefer for easier clean up, but they won't get as crispy) and cook for 5-10 minutes, checking at 5 minutes and adding time until they are cooked to your liking.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as desired before serving.
- Add 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.
- Add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder with the salt and pepper.
- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with the oil before cooking, or squeeze some over the green beans after cooking.
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