This air fryer frozen green beans recipe takes just 10 minutes to make crispy and flavorful veggies. It's a quick, easy, and healthy side dish, great for weeknight dinners.
Cooking frozen vegetables in the air fryer is a speedy way to get greens on the table. Plus the texture can't be beat. Air fried vegetables are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. The best part? No prep work required!
Why you'll love this recipe
Want to make crispy green beans in the air fryer? This recipe is for you!
- No thawing necessary: Frozen green beans go straight to the air fryer from the freezer and are on the table in about 10 minutes.
- Full of flavor: You can leave your green beans plain or toss them in seasoning before air frying them to perfection!
- Allergy friendly: This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and can be altered to fit most dietary requirements.
I've tried a few different air fryers over the years, but this Ninja Foodi is my favorite. It has two separate air frying baskets that allow you to cook at different temperatures and times. It's been incredibly helpful in our kitchen, especially for meal prep.
This air fryer is convenient and easy to use. It's large enough to cook in big batches, yet compact enough to fit on the countertop.
- Frozen green beans: Any brand of frozen green beans will work. They're already trimmed and ready to be cooked. I prefer the Trader Joe's brand or Bird's Eye.
- Oil: You can use olive oil, avocado oil, or your favorite cooking oil. This helps the green beans crisp up. However, feel free to simply coat with oil spray or omit entirely.
- Seasoning: Season your green beans with salt, pepper, garlic powder, or your favorite seasoning. I love using everything but the bagel seasoning!
Can I use fresh or canned green beans?
Yes! Canned green beans will need to be drained and gently patted completely dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Fresh green beans will need to be cleaned, trimmed, and cooked longer until crisp tender.
How to make air fryer frozen green beans
Using an air fryer to cook green beans is faster than using an oven and has a better texture than steaming, plus cleanup is a breeze.
- Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, toss frozen green beans with oil and seasoning.
- Step 2: Place frozen green beans in air fryer basket.
- Step 3: Air fry frozen green beans at 400F for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.
Air fryer models vary based on brand, type, and shape. Whether you have a basket style or air fryer toaster oven style (like I used to have), the cook time should be similar. Just keep a close eye on your veggies, especially the first time you try this recipe.
Best seasonings for green beans
I often keep it classic with salt and pepper, but here are some seasoning ideas for green beans:
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Italian seasoning
- Everything but the bagel seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest
- Sliced almonds
Air frying tips
Use these 3 tips to make frozen green beans crispy!
- Do not thaw frozen green beans. If they thaw, they're more likely to be soggy, rather than crispy.
- Do not over-crowd the air fryer. Work in batches, if needed. Doing so will prevent soggy green beans.
- Toss the green beans halfway through cooking in the air fryer. This ensures they crisp up on all sides.
How to store leftovers
Store leftover green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350F for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.
What to serve with air fryer green beans
Serve green beans as a snack or side dish. Browse some of my favorite main dishes to pair with green beans:
- Air fryer frozen hamburgers
- Air fryer frozen nuggets
- Tahini pasta
- Lemon pasta
- Shrimp scampi
- Baked meatballs
- Macaroni and cheese
Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
- 1 pound frozen green beans (do not thaw)
- 1 tablespoon oil (olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil)
- 1 tablespoon everything but the bagel seasoning (or seasoning of choice, to taste)