Easy Air Fryer Green Beans

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These Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect mix of easy, quick and oh so tasty vegetable treat. The beans are cooked in very little low-calorie cooking oil making them a healthier treat. Whip up a batch or two for a snack, dinner side or a lunch bowl filler.

Suitable for Low Carb, Keto, Whole 30, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

 

Cooked Air Fryer Green Beans served on a white dinner plate with a cloth white napkin

Let’s whip up some super easy, fast and very tasty Air Fryer Green Beans. As in this is one of the easiest, simplest ways to cook up your green beans.

Yes, we will turn 2 very simple everyday ingredients into one perfect side dish in less than 10 mins. #winningalready.

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They are crispy green beans that are still tender inside. This easy recipe is a huge hit with the whole family and a great alternative to boiling or steaming them.

Just as easy as these Air Fryer Zucchini Fries, easy Air Fryer Apple Chips, and perfect Air Fryer Asparagus.

Speaking of easy, you’ll definitely want to check out these family approved Air Fried French Fries, or even easier Air Fryer Frozen French Fries.

Even better is that these beans are highly adaptable. You can serve as is or add up spices and more to your taste.

Just the thing to serve up at lunchtime, as a fun after-school snack with a simple dip, or as a tasty side dish for supper.

If you have been searching for a different way to eat your veggies, then this recipe post is for you.

Because while you are cooking these fresh green beans in air fryer (aka the different way), the recipe is so simple that it is hard not to make again and again.

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Why Make This Recipe

  • You can easily double or triple this green bean fries recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Easy to adapt with various spices in your pantry.
  • Cooking green beans is easy with simple everyday ingredients you already have.
  • Leftovers are great for meal planning and adding to salads, fried rice and more.
  • Great for all those bbq sides, potluck dishes, and as an everyday side dish, these are a much lighter alternative to green bean casserole that is served on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Sunday lunch.
Air Fryer Green Beans served on a white dinner plate

Fun Facts About Green Beans

  • Green beans are also known as French beans or string beans.
  • There are more than 130 varieties of green beans around today (in case you ever get asked this in a quiz).
  • Green beans are a rich source of good for you stuff such as vitamin A, C, and K, iron, and magnesium.
  • They are rich in dietary fiber so make you feel fuller for longer.

Ingredient Notes

  • Beans – this recipe calls for fresh green beans, that have been topped and tailed. Head on over to this air fryer frozen vegetables post the cook frozen green beans.
  • Oil – feel free to use olive oil, rapeseed oil, etc.
  • Salt – simple seasoned with salt, and you can also use a flavored salt.

Ready to learn how to make green beans air fryer? Gather up your ingredients and I will show you….

How To Fry Green Beans In The Air Fryer

Full recipe measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  2. Add the green beans to a bowl and spray with some olive oil cooking spray and the best salt ever and toss to combine.
  3. Place the coated green beans in a single layer the air fryer basket and cook for 6-8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway and at least once more during cooking so that they cook evenly.
  4. Remove and serve immediately topped with some extra salt, and chopped herbs if you like.

image collage showing the steps for making air fryer green beans

How To Bake These

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F / 220 degrees C / gas 7 and line a rimmed baking tray.
  2. Add the green beans to the sheet and spray with some low-calorie spray (or oil) and the best salt ever and combine until all the beans are coated. Then spread out beans in a single layer.
  3. Roast for 14 to 16 minutes, until they are tender but crispy.
  4. Remove and serve topped with some extra salt, and chopped herbs if you like.

Air fryer temperatures will vary depending on the make and model, so use the cook time as a guide only and adjust as needed.

Recipe Tips

  • Do make sure you top and tail your beans before air frying them.
  • Make sure the beans are dry before coating in oil otherwise they may not go crispy.
  • While you can easily double the recipe, you will need to air fry or bake in batches or on two trays.
  • If you don’t have a cooking spray, you can use olive oil but this will increase the calorie count of the portion.
  • Feel free to cook them a little bit more if you want them crisper.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer when cooking these, so hot air circulates and they crisp up.

Delicious Variations

  • Make Crispier – You can easily make Air Fryer Green Beans With Panko. Simply dip in egg and dip in Panko breadcrumbs before air frying the beans.
  • Low carb crispy – to make a low carb crispy version make a light coating with seasoned almond flour before frying.
  • Add heat – A pinch of red pepper flakes or ancho chili powder or chili oil adds some lovely heat.
  • Add citrus – a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon zest adds great flavor to these.
  • Make cheesy – if not vegan you can top with some grated parmesan cheese.
  • Add herbs and spices – like garlic powder, Italian seasoning, oregano, and more.

Storage

  • Store – Cooked beans should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Season Your Air Fryer Vegetables

This air fried green beans recipe is simple using only low-calorie spray and salt. Use seasonings to effortlessly add flavor to your crisp, crunchy veggies.

You can use store-bought seasoning but you can also make your own easy homemade ones like

How Long To Cook Green Beans in the Air Fryer

  • Finer green beans as I use here need 6-8 minutes.
  • If you are using larger beans then you may need 8-10 minutes.
  • If you have a small air fryer, then cook beans in 2 batches.

FAQs

Why Cook These With An Air Fryer?

The air fryer makes it super easy to cook up a healthier version of your fried food favourites. So here is how it works.

By circulating heat all around the food, air fryers allow you to ‘fry’ foods using the smallest amount of oil. We’re talking anything from a tablespoon to just a light spray.

And since your food isn’t submerged in the stuff, much less oil gets absorbed during the cooking process, which means your meal contains far less fat and calories overall. #allgoodright.

How Else Can I Cook Green Beans?

Green beans can be boiled, blanched, steamed, oven roasted, or stir-fried.

However you cook them, the key thing is to cook the beans for the shortest time possible to preserve their flavour (your family and friends will thank you for not serving them soggy overcooked beans).

Here is a complete guide on How To Cook Fresh Green Beans.

Do You Need To Soak Green Beans Before Cooking?

Luckily the answer is no. Top and tail them, wash, pat dry, season them, toss in the air fryer and cook away.

Air Fryer Green Beans inside the air fryer basket

Serving Suggestions

Pair up a portion of Air Fryer Green beans with any one of these delicious air fryer recipes:

More Great Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

Love vegetables? Then you might want to check these ones out.

P.S. You’ll want to check out this fresh take on the classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe!

Weight Watchers Points

A serving of these green beans contains 0 (that’s right, zero!) Blue Plan SmartPoints.

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Easy Air Fryer Green Beans

Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: air fryer recipe,, american, western, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) green beans
  • cooking spray
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  • Add the green beans to a bowl and spray with some low-calorie spray and the best salt ever and combine.
  • Place the beans into the air fryer basket and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning a couple of times during cooking so that they brown evenly.
  • Remove and serve topped with some extra salt and chopped herbs if you like.
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Notes

  • Finer green beans as I use here need 6-8 minutes.
  • If you are using larger beans then you may need 8-10 minutes.
  • If you have a small air fryer, then cook beans in 2 batches.
  • Make sure you top and tail your beans before air frying them.
  • Make sure the beans are dry before spraying with cooking spray.
  • If you don’t have a cooking spray you can use olive oil but this will increase the calorie count of the portion.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days.
  • There are 0 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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