Thin and crispy, these easy-to-make Air Fryer Green Beans are irresistible with a squeeze of lemon juice or a side of bang bang sauce. I am hooked!
How Long to Cook Green Beans in Air Fryer
If you’d told me a couple of years ago that one day in the future I’d be air frying vegetables for an afternoon snack, I likely would’ve laughed. Hard.
Well, fast forward to today, and here I am happily eating air-fried green beans with bang bang sauce. And, they are terrific.
For those of you who are new to this cooking method and don’t know how long to cook green beans in an air fryer, I’ve got excellent news. French green beans (the thin ones) finish remarkably fast.
I’ve made green beans in the air fryer quite a few times now. So, I’m happy to answer any “How to air fry green beans?” related questions. I like to pull them from the air fryer when they’re still a bit tender, and not very crisp.
However, my kids unanimously prefer crispier beans. So, the recipe below is written for crispy air fried green beans. I recommend tasting a bean when there is still a couple of minutes remaining of the designated cooking time.
You might find that you like them more tender than crisp as well. Fortunately, whichever way you cook them, they’ll be delicious.
How to Make Green Beans in Air Fryer
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- thin green beans
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- lemon juice
Start by preheating your air fryer to 400°F. Then, place the green beans in a large mixing bowl and drizzle very lightly with olive oil. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper, toss again to coat.
Place the green beans in the basket when it is ready. Air fry for 8-9 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fryer shake the basket after about 5 minutes so they will cook evenly.
The beans should be slightly crisp on the edges and tender throughout when done. Drizzle with lemon juice before serving, or serve with lemon wedges.
Air Fryer Garlic Green Beans
If I’m making these for a basic side dish, I typically make the air fryer green bean recipe exactly as written below with a sprinkling of garlic and a squeeze of lemon. However, for snacking? My go-to spices are a generous sprinkling of french fry seasoning.
Try it for yourself and let me know what you think. I am positively hooked on that fry seasoning mix for all kinds of things lately!
Haricots vert are my first choice when making air fryer garlic green beans. However, larger varieties may easily be substituted. Trim and cut them in half before proceeding with the recipe.
If you’re interested in more recipes for your new air fryer, I highly recommend giving these french fries a shot. The seasoning blend is incredible. And, these air fryer brussels sprouts are so good, you can’t eat just one.
If you really want to impress, serve up a side of these green bean bacon bundles. They taste just as good as they look!
Air Fryer Green Beans
- ½ pound thin green beans a.k.a. French green beans or haricot vert
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- fresh lemon juice for serving
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Place the green beans in a large mixing bowl and drizzle very lightly with olive oil. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper, toss again to coat.
- Place the green beans in the basket. Air fry for 8-9 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fryer shake the basket after about 5 minutes for even cooking.
- The beans should be slightly crisp on the edges and tender throughout when done. Drizzle with lemon juice before serving, or serve with lemon wedges.