Air Fryer Green Beans are a lightning-quick side dish with awesome flavor and texture. In just 8 minutes you’ll have savory, garlicky green beans that are nicely crisp on the outside and tender inside. No sad, mushy, overcooked green beans over here!
I usually prefer the deeper, more complex taste of veggies that are roasted rather than steamed. Air fryer string beans have all of the flavor and texture of roasting, but in just a handful of minutes and with a fraction of the oil. No need to turn on the oven, especially when it’s warm outside.
Air Fryer Vegetables have totally become my go-to for side dishes. Air frying concentrates the flavors, keeping the juices inside the veggies. As the green beans cook, the garlic gets toasty creating a super delicious combination. Most stores carry green beans that have been pre-washed and trimmed. And if you have been using my garlic prep method, this recipe takes no time at all!!
- Use 1 teaspoon garlic powder instead of fresh garlic
- Don’t have an air fryer? You can also cook them in the oven or a stovetop skillet - Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line up the green beans in a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F or you can also pan-fry the beans in a skillet for 15 minutes uncovered on medium heat.
- Rinse, pat dry and trim the string beans.
- Thinly slice peeled garlic.
- Place in a medium bowl and add garlic, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
- Mix well coating the beans.
- Place the beans in the air fryer basket lining them up evenly.
- Air fry at 370 F for 8 minutes, shake the basket halfway through.
Grilled fish and chicken, kabobs, pasta dishes, and turkey burgers all pair perfectly with Air Fried Green Beans. So go ahead and make them today!
How to Serve Air Fryer Green Beans
- Air-fried garlic string beans make a lovely accompaniment to grilled fish, especially when served with lots of lemon wedges. Try a hearty white fish or Tandoori Salmon.
- They also pair super well with grilled and roasted meats such as Chicken Kabobs. Consider making Air Fryer Chicken Tandoori and Air Fryer Masala Fries for a start-to-finish meal in the Air Fryer.
- Keep it vegetarian: Air fryer green beans complement pasta dishes really well too! Serve as a hot alternative to a green salad or as an additional side dish—these are a kid-approved way to get in an extra serving of vegetables!
- Wondering what to do with leftovers? Use leftover air-fried green beans to make a classic and pretty Niçoise salad for lunch with greens, olives, hard-boiled eggs, baby potatoes, and tuna. Don’t forget a lemony dressing!
Air Frying Tips
- You may need to increase or decrease the air frying time depending on your air fryer. Check your food frequently to prevent it from burning. This is especially important during the last few minutes of cooking. Air fryers come in different sizes, so your food might not fit the same way that recipes online show.
- Do not use aerosol spray cans to apply the non-stick spray to the basket. Aerosol spray cans usually contain harsh ingredients that are known for causing chipping in air fryer baskets.
- Shake the basket during cooking times for smaller things like chicken wings, fries, and small veggies. Do this every few minutes or halfway through cooking.
- Be careful not to press the basket release button while you are carrying the baskets. This will cause the inner basket to pull out and the outer basket will drop, which might damage it.
- Do not place anything on top of your air fryer. This disrupts the airflow and will cause poor air frying results.
- If you air fry high-fat foods, pour out the fat droppings from under the inner basket. This will prevent excess smoke while it cooks next time.
Air Fryer Green Beans
- Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 5 minutes.
- Rinse, pat dry and trim the string beans. Place in a medium bowl and add garlic, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Mix well coating the beans.
- Place the beans in the air fryer basket lining them up evenly. Air fry at 370 F for 8 minutes, shake the basket halfway through. Serve hot.
- Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line up the green beans in a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F
- Pan-fry in a skillet for 15 minutes uncovered on medium heat