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Easy Air Fried Frozen Green Beans Recipe

This air fried frozen green beans recipe is an easy way to add lots of flavor to your meal without tacking on a lot of cooking time.

It’s an easy recipe that just happens to be nutritious as well as low carb. So it’s the perfect side dish, whether you’re dieting or just trying to follow a healthy diet.

plate of seasoned air fried green beans

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The results will be wonderfully flavored crispy green beans that the entire family will enjoy. This is one of my go-to recipes for a delicious side dish when I need to add nutrition and color to the dinner table. The best part is that it’s so easy when you use your air fryer. If you love cheese and have more time, try this green beans au gratin dish. It’s another winner at our house.

Air Fried Frozen Green Beans Recipe

plate of seasoned air fried green beans

One of the things I love about using my air fryer is that it cooks quickly and delivers a texture I love. You can go from frozen to fried green beans very quickly by using your air fryer. In fact, you’ll wind up with a healthy side dish of crispy beans without a ton of work, which makes this recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make this delicious green bean dish. And remember that any time you follow one of my recipes, you can add your own favorite seasonings if you don’t see them listed.

bag of frozen green beans

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Frozen green beans
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt (sea salt, kosher salt, or whatever kind of salt you have)
  • Ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Olive oil or avocado oil
onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and garlic powder

If you decide to go rogue and use fresh green beans or string beans, that’s fine. Just make sure you wash them first and snap off any stems or rough tips for the best results.

olive oil

*Note: It’s fine to use French-cut green beans. But remember that French beans are thinner, so you’ll need to cut the cooking time by a minute or two. Thinner beans will crisp up pretty quickly.

Other ingredients you might want to try:

  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Taco seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Minced jarred or fresh garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Black pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Try adding any of your favorite spices to season these green beans. It’s all about personal preference.

How to Make Frozen Green Beans in an Air Fryer

cooked seasoned green beans and a small fork

I love air frying almost any type of food, and green beans are no exception. This is the best way to get beans that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

First, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Next, pour the green beans into a medium or large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until all of the green beans are coated in oil and seasonings.

uncooked, pre-stirred seasoned green beans

Since the green beans already have oil on them, you don’t have to use cooking spray in the air fryer. However, if you want to, go right ahead.

Pour the seasoned beans into the preheated air fryer basket. Spread them out so that they’re in a single layer. Cook for 4 minutes.

uncooked seasoned green beans in air fryer basket

Shake the basket to flip the beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until they’re crispy and browned just like you want them. Finally, remove from the air fryer and serve them hot.

cooked green beans in air fryer basket

Please keep in mind that all air fryers are a little bit different. If yours cooks “hot,” then check it about a minute early. I like my green beans a little extra crispy, so I typically leave them in the whole time.

How to Serve Air Fryer Green Beans

There are a few different ways to serve these green beans. I’ve served them as appetizers as well as a side dish. If you think about it, these green beans are the perfect snack because they provide a satisfying crunch along with the nutrition.

Either way, whether it’s a healthy snack or an easy side dish, offer your favorite dipping sauce for those who like to dip.

Here are some dipping sauces we enjoy:

Air Fryers

I have the Instant Vortex, and I’ve heard that the Cosori and Ninja Foodi are also good. There are so many different ones on the market, so pick the one you prefer. In fact, the best air fryer is the one that works for you and your needs.

One piece of advice I like to offer when choosing an air fryer is to pick the biggest one that you have room for on your counter. And it has to also fit your budget.

Keep in mind that over time, you’ll benefit from the fact that the basket style air fryers use less electricity than your big oven. Even if you choose a different brand of air fryer from what I use, you should still get the same results.

What to Do With Leftover Air Fryer Green Beans

If you’re planning to eat them in the next couple of days, put them in an airtight container and refrigerate them. I like to add a paper towel to the bottom of the container to prevent them from getting too limp.

When it’s time to heat them up, pop them back into the air fryer and run it for about a minute on 350* F.

plate of air fried green beans and a bag of frozen cut green beans

More Side Dishes

Roasted Parmesan Carrots – With a hint of sweetness balanced with savory seasonings, these carrots are sure to become a family favorite.

Air Fryer French Fries – There’s a reason that French fries are so popular. They’re absolutely delicious, and they go with everything.

Pesto Pasta Salad – If you enjoy the flavor of pesto and the comforting texture of pasta, you’ll love this amazingly scrumptious salad from Southern Bite!

Twice Baked Potato – Here is a simplified version of a delicious way to enjoy loaded baked potatoes.

Roasted Cabbage Steaks – The flavorful caramelized seasonings on these cabbage steaks make them a dish that you need to try. Don’t be surprised if your family requests it often

Main Dishes That Go with Air Fried Green Beans

Although I think that all main dishes go with these green beans, there are some that seem custom-made to pair with them.

Here are some that we really enjoy:

Thick Air Fryer Pork Chops – If you like a thicker cut of pork but don’t like waiting for them to be done, then cook them in your air fryer. It’s a super easy air fryer recipe, and they turn out great!

Roasted Turkey Tenderloin – Don’t wait for the holidays to enjoy this delightful turkey tenderloin. Seasoned just right, it’s a winner throughout the year!

Pork Chop Casserole with Tomato Gravy – Add these green beans to everyone’s plate of pork chops smothered in yummy tomato gravy and watch the looks of appreciation on everyone’s face. This recipe is a game changer when you feel like you’re in a recipe rut.

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fried Frozen Green Beans

plate of fried green beans

Air fried green beans deliver lots of flavor and nutrition to any meal!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen green beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400˚ F.
  2. Put the green beans in a medium or large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until all of the green beans are well coated.
  4. Transfer the coated green beans to the air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes. Shake basket and cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the air fryer and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 133mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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