Air Fryer Green Beans

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Air Fryer Green Beans are a quick and easy side dish perfect for a busy weeknight or your holiday menu! Deliciously crisp-tender, you can enjoy these snappy string beans served simply roasted with salt and pepper or topped with toasted almonds and lemon juice.

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Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Green Beans

Whether I’m planning weeknight meals or a holiday menu, I’m always looking to add something green to the table. For Thanksgiving or Christmas, it’s easy to fill up on decadent and delicious dishes. So these air fryer green beans are a simple way to add a light vegetarian-friendly dish. But, of course, you can make this easy side all year long! They’re readily available and always popular.

Here’s why you’ll be making them all the time:

  • Quick and easy. Ready in under 20 minutes with super simple prep. And when you make them in an air fryer, you don’t have to sacrifice a stovetop burner or space in the oven! This is the best fast and flavorful way to make green beans for holiday entertaining.
  • Simple or fancy. I love adding the crunch of almonds with a burst of lemon for some festive flavor. You don’t even have to dress them up. But they are just as delicious served simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Perfect for everyone. This dish is naturally gluten free and vegan. If you skip the almonds, they are suitable for those with nut allergies. too.
  • Cuisine Inspiration: American
  • Primary Cooking Method: Air Fryer
  • Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Vegan, Egg-free, Nut-free option
  • Skill Level: Easy
air fryer green beans in a white serving dish

Air Fryer Green Beans Ingredients

Here’s a quick list of what you need to make this quick air fryer recipe. Full amounts and detailed instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Green beans. Trim the stem ends before you start cooking.
  • Olive oil. You can use a different cooking oil if you prefer.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Optional additions. Sliced almonds add a nice crunch to the dish, and lemon is delicious to brighten the flavors.
fresh green beans lemon, ,and almonds next to an air fryer

How to Make Green Beans in the Air Fryer

This is a straightforward recipe that comes together in less than 20 minutes. Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Prepare for cooking: Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Prep the green beans by washing and trimming the ends.
  • Season the green beans: Toss the green beans with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Cook: Air fry the green beans for 7 minutes. Then add the almonds if you’re using them, and toss everything together. Air fry for another 3 to 5 minutes. The beans are done when they’re crisp-tender and the nuts are golden.
green beans in an air fryer basket

Garnish and serve: Transfer the dish to a serving plate and toss with lemon juice, if you like. You can also sprinkle them with some minced parsley or a bit more salt and pepper. Enjoy!

dish of green beans with almonds and lemon

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Green Beans

Here are a few tips for making crispy green beans in the air fryer:

  • Choose green beans that are of similar sizes so they cook evenly.
  • Tossing the green beans halfway through ensures that they get crisp on all sides.
  • You only need to remove the stem end of the green beans, not the pointy tip.
  • Use raw almonds, as they’ll get toasted in the air fryer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What air fryer should I use?

This is such a simple air fryer recipe that it will work in any model you have, as long as you pay attention to the cooking time. However, I use and recommend the COSORI Air Fryer Max XL. It is large enough to fit plenty of food inside, so you won’t always have to work in batches. And I like the basket models because it is easy to shake everything around part of the way through the cooking time so that it all cooks evenly.

How long to air fry green beans?

I find that in my air fryer, green beans reach the perfect crisp-tender texture after about 10 minutes. Of course, all air fryers differ, so it’s important to check your beans as they cook. Toss the green beans after 7 minutes. If they’re already quite crisp, you may only need another minute to finish cooking. If not, you may need another 5 to 8 minutes.

Can I freeze cooked green beans?

You can freeze cooked green beans. Just note that they won’t have the same snappy texture when they’ve been defrosted. To freeze this dish, let the green beans cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to serve, defrost the green beans in the fridge overnight. Then follow my instructions for reheating below.

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Storing Leftover Air Fried Green Beans

These green beans are best enjoyed fresh out of the air fryer. But you can pack leftovers into an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat them in the air fryer, microwave or on the stove in a saucepan until heated through.

air fryer green beans with sliced almond and lemon zest in a white serving dish

What to Serve with Green Beans

I love serving them with Honey Mustard Chicken Bites for a family meal on busy weeknights. But as I mentioned, you can easily dress them up for a holiday feast.

Green beans garnished with almond slices and lemon zest in a white oval dish.
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Air Fryer Green Beans

Air Fryer Green Beans are a quick and easy side dish perfect for a busy weeknight or your holiday menu! Deliciously crisp-tender, you can enjoy these snappy string beans served simply roasted with salt and pepper or topped with toasted almonds and lemon juice.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans , washed and ends snipped off
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds , optional
  • Lemon , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Wash and dry the green beans thoroughly and snip off the ends.
  • In a large bowl, toss the green beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper, being sure to coat it thoroughly. Place the beans in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 380°F for 7 minutes. Open the air fryer, sprinkle the almonds over the green beans, if using, and toss gently. Cook at 380°F for another 3-5 minutes or until the green beans are crisp-tender, or your desired doneness (and the almonds are toasted, if using them).
  • Remove from the air fryer. Serve as-is or squeeze the juice from a couple of lemon wedges over the green beans and sprinkle with about a teaspoon of lemon zest, if desired.

Notes

These green beans are best enjoyed fresh out of the air fryer. But you can pack leftovers into an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat them in the air fryer, microwave, or on the stove in a saucepan until heated through. 
You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 198mg8%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 522IU10%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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