Simple Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

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Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans are a great side dish that you can always have on hand in the freezer. It takes just 8 minutes to cook in the air fryer and is a very healthy side dish to pair with any meal.

» Also try these side dishes in the air fryer: Crispy Cauliflower and Baked Sweet Potatoes.

air fryer frozen green beans

For those times when you need to make a quick side dish, frozen green beans are a great option. They are generally less expensive than fresh, already washed and chopped, and blanched (partially cooked), so they cook quickly in the air fryer with almost no effort on your part.

You might be thinking they won’t cook well in the air fryer, they’ll turn out soggy or floppy and discolored, but they’re nearly as good as fresh. With just 8 minutes in the air fryer, they turn out with a slight crunch, a bright green color, and great texture.

The air fryer is a huge time saver and a great tool for convenience. Whether you’re making fresh or frozen green beans, it does both very well. I use a Ninja Max XL air fryer with a 3.8L basket, but you can use any air fryer for this recipe.

Ingredients You Need

A bag of frozen green beans
  • Frozen green beans – You can make as much or as little as you like at a time, as long as it fits in your air fryer basket. I use whatever brand is at the grocery – usually Signature Select. Use whatever is convenient for you.
  • Oregano, salt & pepper – season with half the seasoning before cooking and the rest once it’s done cooking.
  • Olive oil – I give the green beans a quick spray of olive oil before cooking to make sure they don’t turn dull or dry while cooking. You can also drizzle on a bit of olive oil if you don’t have an oil sprayer.

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

This is super simple because there’s so little prep involved. You don’t need to wash, cut, or thaw the green beans. Just have to open the bag and pour it in.

Pour the frozen green beans into the air fryer basket. Cook at 380° F for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

frozen green beans in the air fryer basket

Continue cooking if you like your green beans to be well done with no crunch or snap left. I think it’s pretty perfect at 8 minutes. However, everyone’s air fryer is different, so it’s possible this isn’t enough time for your air fryer. Adjust as you see fit.

cooked and seasoned green beans in the air fryer basket

When they’re done, remove the green beans from the air fryer. Sprinkle on the remaining seasoning, to taste. If you like a little more flavor, add a little more salt, or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Seasoning for air fryer frozen green beans

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

A bowl of green beans

How to Know When the Green Beans Are Done

This method will make green beans that still have a little crispness to them, with slightly charred on the end. This is my preferred way to eat green beans. If you like yours more cooked and softer, you’ll need to turn the temp down to 370° F and cook for 10 minutes. Lowering the temperature will prevent them from burning.

Because people like their green beans at different degrees of doneness, you might need to adjust the temperature or timing to make it perfect for you.

You can determine when they are the perfect amount of doneness through sight and touch. After 8 minutes, pull out the basket and squeeze one of the beans. It will likely still be al dente and a bit crisp. Cook longer at a lower temperature to get them well done.

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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A bowl of green beans

Simple Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans are a great side dish that you can always have on hand in the freezer. It takes just 8 minutes to cook in the air fryer and is a very healthy side dish to pair with any meal.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 36 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (450 g) frozen green beans
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pour the frozen green beans into the air fryer basket. Spray lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle on half the seasoning. Cook at 375° F for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
  • Continue cooking if you like your green beans well done.
  • Remove from the air fryer. Season to taste.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 152mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 785IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Green Beans
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