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Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

When you are short on time, this simple side dish is ready to serve in minutes. Cooked right from frozen these air fryer green beans are perfectly seasoned.
Air fried green beans served in a small blue bowl.

Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Betty Davies

Cook up a batch of frozen green beans quickly and effortlessly in your air fryer. Lightly seasoned, they are ready to enjoy in minutes, and it’s easy to make them as crispy, or as tender, as you like.

Air fried green beans served in a bowl in front of a white cloth.

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Ever since I got my air fryer it has been one of the most used appliances in my kitchen! I use it nearly every day, and I especially love to use it for vegetable side dishes.

This recipe for air fryer frozen green beans is so simple and effortless, they take minutes to prep with a few simple seasonings and I love that it frees up your stovetop and doesn’t heat up the kitchen too.

Skip the boiling water and add some flavor to your green beans!

Be sure to try my Green Beans and Chorizo and Air Fryer Cauliflower Steaks too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Quick and easy: Ready to serve in less than 10 minutes, this is one easy way to add some veggies to your plate.
  • So flavorful: Blanching green beans in water isn’t hard, but by using this air fryer method you can add a great flavor to them with no extra effort.
  • A great everyday side: This recipe is a great go to accompany all of your every day meals. Made with a few simple ingredients, they pair well with almost anything!
  • Dietary Info: These air fryer green beans are vegan, gluten-free and low carb as well as containing lots of vitamins and minerals and being low in calories.
Close up of air fryer green beans.

Ingredients

  • Green beans: This recipe uses frozen green beans, though you can easily adapt it for fresh as well. They are a low calorie vegetable that is high in lots of nutrients including vitamins C and K, fiber and folate.
  • Oil: Use a neutral flavored high heat oil like canola or vegetable.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

How to cook frozen green beans in the air fryer

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Oil and season the beans (photo 1).
  • Place in the air fryer basket (photo 2).
  • Cook til crisp (photo 3).
Three step by step photos to show how to season and cook the beans.

Recipe Variations

These air fryer frozen green beans are a pretty simple side dish, but you can easily mix up the seasonings to suit your tastes or the meal you are serving them alongside. Try some red chili flakes for a bit of heat or any other dried spice or herb.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long to cook frozen green beans in an air fryer?

It’s important to note that air fryers can vary from model to model, so your timings may change a little. At 4 minutes, my beans were very nearly cooked through, at around 5 to 6 minutes they were tender and good to serve. To get super crispy beans like the ones in the photos, I went up to 10 minutes, though I have seen recipes that go up to 13.

The great thing about air fryers is that you can quickly and easily check the food, just pull the basket out and give it a little shake, and take the beans out when they are perfect for your tastes.

Can you make this recipe with fresh beans?

Yes, this is easily adapted to cook fresh rather than frozen beans. Just trim off the ends before tossing with the oil and seasonings. They will need less cooking time, so you should start checking them at around four minutes.

Can you make them ahead of time?

These are so quick and easy to make and are best enjoyed as soon as they are ready, but any leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can quickly heat them back up in the air fryer at 370F for a couple of minutes to serve.

Overhead shot of green beans in a bowl.

Serving Suggestions

The air fryer frozen green beans are a great everyday no hassle side dish and are great to serve with all of your favorite chicken, meat, veggie and seafood dishes. Because of the seasoning used with these beans, they are great with your favorite Italian style recipes.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • There’s no need to thaw the green beans before cooking.
  • Shake the basket after 4 minutes to ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Check the beans every couple of minutes to get them exactly how you like them. At 10 minutes they are nice and crispy, but if you prefer them more tender, then they’ll be ready at around 5 to 6 minutes.
Crispy fried green beans in a bowl.

It’s so easy to cook frozen green beans in your air fryer, and I love that you can add different seasonings to them to suit your tastes. Sy ‘no’ to boring beans!

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Air fried green beans served in a small blue bowl.

Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

When you are short on time, this simple side dish is ready to serve in minutes. Cooked right from frozen these air fryer green beans are perfectly seasoned.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces frozen green beans (200g)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or canola)
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390F.
  • Place the green beans in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Use your hands to toss everything together.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and set for 10 minutes.
  • Shake the basket at 4 minutes.
  • Check the beans every couple of minutes, as some air fryers can cook quicker than others.

Notes

  • There’s no need to thaw the green beans before cooking.
  • Shake the basket after 4 minutes to ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Check the beans every couple of minutes to get them exactly how you like them. At 10 minutes they are nice and crispy, but if you prefer them more tender, then they’ll be ready at around 5 to 6 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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