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Air fryer green beans with your favourite topping, whether it is sprinkled with herby seasonings, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, chopped pieces of smoked sausage, and more! I especially love the deep earthy, buttery taste of green beans, combined with little fun bursts of meaty flavours. They’re incredibly tasty and fairly simple to make, they’ll be in and out of the air fryer in minutes, ready to be devoured by you and your family. So if you’re scratching your head, a tad confused about how to make air fryer green beans, then let’s jump right into it.

How to Cook Green Beans in an Air Fryer?

There’s nothing quite comparable to the flavours emanating from air fried green beans. Fresh green beans topped with lemon wedges, is a wonderful and refreshing side dish choice, perfect to pair with any entrée, adding a healthy kick to your entire meal. The best thing about cooking your green beans in the air fryer, is the crisp-tender texture they achieve. The perfect crunch to soft ratio is simply irresistible, and here’s how to make them:

Ingredients

  • Fresh green beans
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Start by trimming the ends of the green beans and discarding the stems. You might be able to snap them off with your hands, if not you can snip them off with scissors.
  2. Add the trimmed green beans to a bowl with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Use tongs top toss and coat the green bean entirely.
  3. Place the coated green beans in the air fryer basket in a single layer
  4. Once they’re done cooking, remove them and serve with your favourite main meal.

Can You Use Frozen Green Beans?

You can absolutely use frozen green beans for this recipe. You will need to run them under cold water, patting them dry with a paper towel, so that most of the water has been eliminated from them. We don’t want them to steam in the air fryer.

Customising Your Green Beans

You don’t always have to stick to the simpler flavours that naturally emanate from the green beans themselves. Why not sprinkle a variety of flavours so that you can enjoy these greens in abundance. Before you know it you’ll be piling your plate with more, and even want to snack on them at any time of day! There are several simple ways to make these air fried green beans taste even more fabulous.

You can make it spicy, by sprinkling on some red pepper flakes, or adding a neat drizzle of siracha hot sauce, or you might find that you prefer the irresistible contrast of sweet chilli sauce better.

Try some shaved almonds, parmesan cheese, sautéed mushrooms or chopped peanuts as your optional fun textured toppings, for that delicious crunch, combined with a light crisp from the beautifully air fried green beans.

Try exploring out of the simpler zones, and dip your toes into some Asian flavour, with a teaspoon – or more – of sesame oil, just to taste!

Soy sauce is another great flavouring to have splashed over something as simple as crisp green beans. If you’re using regular soy sauce, then get rid of the salt you intend to sprinkle over the green beans.

Choose your favourite meat, whether it be salami, chunks of fish, shrimp, prawns, or turkey bacon, be as adventurous as you like.

Lemon juice is a great zingy, tangy accompaniment to have with these air fried green beans, but you don’t have to squeeze it over these magic green beans if you don’t want to!

Sauté some shallots and throw them over your crisped green beans, for a delightful finish!

Types of Sauces That Pair With Air Fried Green Beans

Whether you prefer your sauce to be in a separate dish beside your plate of green beans, or drizzled over the top of it, you’re going to love these varieties of sauces that are just itching to be discovered. Luckily I have managed to list a few that taste particularly amazing with crunchy air-fried green beans:

  • Horseradish Mayo Sauce
  • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Tahini Dip
  • Spicy Ketchup
  • Garlic Aioli

Horseradish Mayo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Combine these ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well until a smooth consistency has been achieved, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp grated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine these ingredients in a bowl until smooth, then refrigerate before serving.

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Tahini Dip

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp or more ice-cold water

Combine all ingredients, mix well in a bowl, then refrigerate before serving with a delicious batch of air fried green beans.

Spicy Ketchup

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha

Ketchup tastes great with most air fried foods, which is why it will make the perfect dipping sauce candidate for air fried green beans.

Garlic Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 small grated garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

There’s something particularly irresistible about garlic sauces, especially when used to dip air fried vegetables like green beans. The creamy garlicky sauce pack the perfect contrasting flavours for these crunchy beans.

Crispy Air Fried Green Beans Recipes

Green beans are a great entrée especially for main meals that consist of hearty roast chicken, or meat with a side of crispy French fries. Crisp air fried green beans can be made to suit your particular taste, drizzled with your favourite sauces, sprinkled with your favourite, savoury toppings, or simply served with your favourite dipping sauce. I especially love to dip my green beans into a little garlic sauce, chasing those flavours with a French fry, and some roast chicken, for some finger licking deliciousness. Let’s take a look at some of these delicious green beans recipes:

  • Garlicky Green Beans
  • Air Fryer Spicy Green Beans
  • Green Bean Fries
  • Chinese Air Fryer Green Beans
  • Sesame Air Fried Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans

An impeccably flavourful way to enjoy your air fried green beans, is through spoiling them with an abundance of flavour. Whether it is garlicky, meaty, saucy, whatever you desire, to help enhance the delicious flavours of the green stringy beans. They’re incredibly easy, being in and out of the air fryer in just 10 minutes, ready to be devoured.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans trimmed and washed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic seasoning
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges, and garlic parmesan

Method

  1. Toss the green beans in olive oil before adding the garlic seasoning. Stir or toss until the seasoning has evenly spread over the beans.
  2. Air fry at 400F for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking halfway through, to cook evenly. The green beans should be bright green and crisply tender with a light browning at the ends.
  3. Transfer the green beans back to the mixing bowl and add the butter. Toss everything together until the butter melts. Add the salt and pepper, and another splash of garlic seasoning, drizzle a little lemon juice over the top if you desire.
  4. Top with freshly grated parmesan and serve with lemon wedges.

Air Fryer Spicy Green Beans

Absorb inspiration from tasty restaurant dishes, combining terrific flavours with simple yet delectable vegetables like green beans. You can enjoy this served with your favourite sweet chilli dipping sauce, or enjoy this with a side of mash if you desire. There’s something particularly refreshing about crisp, spicy and crunchy air-fried green beans, an appealing decoration on the plate, calling for a variety of dishes to enjoy with.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce trimmed fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Method

  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400F
  2. Place the green beans in a bowl, whisk together some sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic and red pepper flakes in a separate bowl and pour it over the green beans. Toss to coat and let it marinate for 5 minutes
  3. Place half the green beans in the air fryer basket. Let them cook for 12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking time. Repeat with remaining green beans.

Green Bean Fries

This is a fun way to combine a battered exterior with your favourite green beans. These green beans fries are impeccable, and quite possibly a lot more delicious than the classic French fries or other fried foods. These are a perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner, dipping these delectable fried green beans into your favourite sauce, and enjoying the satisfying crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil spray

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390F
  2. Snap the ends off the fresh green beans then place them in a colander to rinse. Place the green beans on a paper towel and pat dry
  3. Coat the green beans in all purpose flour
  4. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl
  5. Combine parmesan cheese, panko crumbs, and garlic powder in a separate bowl
  6. Dip the green beans into the egg mixture, and then dip the green beans into the panko mix
  7. Coat the green beans well. Then add them to a cooling rack and finish coating the remaining green beans
  8. Spray the coated beans with some cooking oil
  9. Place the coated green beans into the air fryer basket and air fry for 5 minutes until golden brown
  10. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese or fresh lemon juice if desired and serve with your favourite dipping sauce

Chinese Air Fried Green Beans

A very simple, yet delicious way to enjoy these Chinese air fryer green beans, using the items that have been hanging around in your cupboard, ready to be picked and splashed over some brilliant green beans, devoured in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans halved
  • 1 tbsp sliced fresh garlic
  • 2 scallions (white part only) sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400F while you prepare the green beans
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients together
  3. Spread evenly into the preheated air fryer basket
  4. Air fry for 8 minutes at 400F or until the beans start to shrivel a little and garlic is browning
  5. Top your green beans with sliced scallions and sesame seeds

Sesame Air Fried Green Beans

A perfect kitchen tool that allows you to cook up your favourite recipes, in a healthier way so that you can enjoy them limitlessly. These green beans are lightly coated in a sticky sweet savoury sauce and then sprinkled with red pepper flakes. Pair this with some air fried cubed steak, and you’re good to go!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound green beans washed and trimmed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390F
  2. Combine sesame oil, honey, sesame seeds, garlic, red chilli flakes, and salt in a small bowl, then toss with green beans.
  3. Place them in the air fryer and cook for 9 to 11 minutes shaking the basket after 6 minutes.

Air Fryer Green Beans

Whether you’re a fan of green beans or not, we would certainly have changed your mind with all these fantastic air-fried green beans recipes, and they’re perfectly healthy! These work as a great vegetable side dish to have with your main course.

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FAQs

How to Air Dry Green Beans?

Thread the green beans by piercing it with a needle and then hang the stringed green beans in dry pace with good air circulation.

Do You Pre-heat an Air Fryer?

Yes, in most cases preheating helps you achieve that ultimate crispiness to your recipes.