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Air Fryer Green Beans

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This simple side dish recipe makes tasty air fryer green beans in about 10 minutes! Quick and easy these garlicky beans make a delicious healthy side dish for dinner.

green beans cooked in the air fryer on a metal plate

Green beans are a staple vegetable in my house. They are relatively inexpensive, health and quick to make. There is just one problem – I’ve never liked them much!

When I make green beans I tend to do something to them to give them a different flavor, like these Green Beans sauteed with coconut, because I just don’t like plain green beans much.

But now I have discovered that cooking green beans in my air fryer is an excellent way to make them tasty! The air fryer roasts them at a high temperature with almost no oil and they taste delicious.

close up picture of cooked green beans

Easy Recipe

This recipe for cooking green beans in the air fryer is about as simple as it gets. It uses just a little bit of oil along with spices to flavor the green beans.

The air fryer cooks high heat and circulating air which makes the green beans soft with a little bit of crispiness. This recipe is quick and easy and it is gluten free, keto friendly, low carb, vegan and low calorie. So it works with pretty much any dietary restrictions!

The fact that it is so versatile and easy to make means it is a great side dish to make for company. It is easy to double or triple the recipe and use it as a lighter alternative to green bean casserole.

How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans

1. Prepare the Green Beans

Rinse the green beans under cold water and either let them drain or pat them dry with a paper towel. If you don’t dry the beans they will steam instead of roast.

green beans before cooking

Trim off the stem end of beans. You can leave the curled tip end of the green beans on.

2. Season the Green Beans

Use olive oil cooking spray or an olive oil spray mister to coat the green beans in a little bit of oil. They really don’t need much oil to cook, so 3 or 4 quick squirts while you toss the beans is enough.

spraying the green beans with cooking spray

If you don’t have cooking spray you can use 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil and toss them with that. They will get coated more evenly with cooking spray though.

Add garlic powder and salt to the beans and toss them in the bowl so they become coated with the spices. I like my beans a little salty, so reduce the salt it you prefer.

green beans in air fryer basket

Because the green beans are light and easy to toss in the air fryer basket you can fill the air fryer basket more than with something like potatoes. Don’t fill it up to the brim with green beans, but a double layer of beans should be fine.

3. Air Fry the Green Beans

Air fry the green beans at 360 F for 9-10 minutes. Shake the air fryer basket once of twice during the cooking time. If you have a lot of green beans in the air fryer basket shake it more than once.

After 10 minutes check the beans and decide if they are right for you. I like my beans soft and lightly browned, but not super crispy. If you want them crispy like french fries they will need to cook longer.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Green Beans

These green beans make an excellent side dish to any dinner. I like them with a pork roast like apple cider pork tenderloin or with sous vide beef tenderloin.

I will make these as a quick snack or an accompaniment to lunch too. They are great to make when you want something that will fill you up without many calories.

fork full of cooked green beans

Spice Variations

This is also an easy recipe to change up by varying the amount of spices. If you like it hot and spicy add some crushed red pepper or chili powder. These green beans would also be excellent with curry powder and coconut for serving with an Indian meal.

What Kind of Green Beans Should I Use?

There are hundreds of different kinds of green beans but I just use the basic green beans from the grocery store, which are also called string beans or snap beans.

During the summer I sometimes buy purple or yellow string beans at the farmer’s market, but those would cook up the same way so there would be no need to change the recipe.

French green beans are smaller and thinner. If you have french green beans you would need to reduce the cooking time because of their smaller size.

closeup picture of green beans cooked in the air fryer on a plate

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Yield: 4

Air Fryer Green Beans

closeup picture of green beans cooked in the air fryer on a plate

Quick and easy these garlicky beans make a delicious healthy side dish for dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and drain the beans.
  2. Cut the stem end off the beans. The curly tip can remain on.
  3. Put the green beans in a bowl and squirt with 3 or 4 squirts of cooking spray.
  4. Add the garlic powder and salt. Toss the beans with tongs to coat.
  5. Air fry the green beans at 360F for 10 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time remove the basket and toss to redistribute the beans.
  6. If you want them crisper cook them longer.

Notes

If using small French green beans reduce the cooking time to 6 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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This simple side dish recipe makes tasty air fryer green beans in about 10 minutes! Quick and easy these garlicky beans make a delicious healthy side dish for dinner.
By on February 28th, 2020

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