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Asian-inspired air fryer green beans are the perfect easy-to-make side dish that you can enjoy all year long. Fresh green beans in the air fryer never tasted so good!
I’m always looking for unique ways to serve up veggies. While my kids are pretty good about getting in their five a day, it can be a struggle sometimes! That’s why I like to switch things up so that my family doesn’t get bored with the same old recipes.
When I’m in a pinch for a nutritious and tasty side dish, Asian-inspired green beans in the air fryer are my go-to! This quick and easy recipe will give you the best roasted green beans every time. Plus, it only calls for five ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry.
Air fryer vegetables are perfect for those moments when your oven is already in use, or if you want to avoid roasting veggies with a ton of excess oil. This Asian-inspired recipe also doesn’t call for any soy sauce! No excess oil and no excess soy sauce equals one healthy side dish.
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- All of the ingredients you need to put together these easy air fryer green beans, including some special add-ons that will add more flavor.
- Step-by-step instructions on how to put this recipe together.
- Answers to commonly asked questions about making fresh green beans in the air fryer.
This low-carb, keto-on-accident recipe is sure to be a hit around your table! Green beans never tasted so good in the air fryer. Grab your apron and let’s get started!
I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.
How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Wash and trim your green beans and preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
Pro tip: instead of plucking off the ends by hand, line up a few at a time and chop them off with a sharp knife!
STEP TWO: Mix together the green beans, sesame oil, garlic salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Make sure the green beans are evenly covered in the oil and seasonings for the best results.
STEP THREE: Cook the green beans in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. Serve and enjoy immediately! For a bit of added heat, sprinkle on a few red pepper flakes before diving in.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Green Beans
There are so many different options to serve with air fryer green beans! I like to pair them with the following:
- Air Fryer Prime Rib
- Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters
- Air Fryer Tilapia
- Air Fryer Roast Beef
- Air Fryer Orange Chicken
- Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Air Fryer Pork Loin
You can also take a look at this great list of air fryer dinner ideas too!
Variations for Green Beans
Use this air fryer green beans recipe as a base for several different variations:
- Add mushrooms for even more veggie goodness.
- Sprinkle toasted almonds on top of the green beans for an extra crunch.
- Bread your green beans for even crispier results! Coat them in flour, dip into whisked eggs, then roll in your favorite bread crumbs.
Should I Soak Green Beans Before Cooking?
There’s no need to soak your green beans before cooking them in the air fryer. All you’ll need to do to make fresh green beans in the air fryer recipe is wash the veggies and trim off the ends.
Then, toss them in sesame oil, garlic salt, and pepper before you throw them in your air fryer!
How Long to Cook Green Beans in the Air Fryer
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Cook the green beans for 5-7 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket halfway through. You’ll have perfectly air-fried green beans in less than 10 minutes!
How to Know When Green Beans Are Done Cooking in the Air Fryer
Use a fork to determine whether or not your green beans are done. If you’re able to easily poke the beans with the fork, they’re ready! If they are still a bit firm, put them back in for another minute or two and check again.
Once they are fork-tender, remove them from the air fryer basket and serve immediately.
How to Cook Frozen Green Beans in the Air Fryer
Rinse your frozen green beans under cool water until they’re almost defrosted. Dry them with a paper towel, and then toss them in sesame oil, garlic salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional, but I love the extra heat!).
Place the seasoned green beans in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 5-7 minutes. You may need to add on a few extra minutes to make sure they’re perfectly roasted.
You can try our delicious air fryer frozen green beans recipe with everything bagel seasoning here. It’s amazing!
Other Air Fryer Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love:
- Air Fryer Biscuits
- Easy Air Fryer Ranch Potatoes
- Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
- Air Fryer Garlic Bread
- Air Fryer Carrots
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Artichokes
And try these other air fryer vegetable recipes here!
Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 1
- 1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- pepper to taste
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Place the trimmed green beans, sesame oil, garlic salt, and pepper into a bowl and mix to evenly coat green beans.
- Put green beans into your preheated air fryer for 5-7 minutes shaking the basket halfway through. You can check the tenderness with a fork to test if the green beans are done.
- Remove green beans from the air fryer and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.