Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways)

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Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways) are a fast and easy side dish recipe. Three healthy flavors of Parmesan Cheese Garlic, Lemon Pepper, and Spicy Asian. Great family and kid friendly vegetables.
All three Air Fryer Green Beans on a small plate

These Air Fryer Green Beans are a fast, easy, and healthy side dish recipe, plus I offer three different flavors to cover all the bases of what you are making for dinner!

All Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways) on a small white plate with flavor labels

Green Beans Recipe

Green beans are one of my favorite things to make as a side vegetable, such as my Tomato Garlic Italian Green Beans.

Side dishes, especially vegetables, can be east to get into a rut with.

But these air fried green beans are healthy and delicious options for your dinner menu!

Find three flavors for parmesan garlic, lemon pepper, and spicy asian beans below.

Three bowls full of the Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways) flavors

Can you put wet vegetables in an air fryer?

Yes, you can, whether it is water or something wet like oils.

Water will take a moment to evaporate in the heat and oils will crisp up.

Don’t go overboard with water, however, because you could create steam. But no need for everything to be dry since we are not trying to achieve a crispy breadcrumb texture.

Can you heat beans in an air fryer?

Yes! Reheating or heating in the air fryer is a perfect way to heat the beans.

A gentle, low heat is great for keeping them warm. And a very high, short heat is good for trying to bring as much of the crisp texture back as you can.

But remember that any type of heating after they have been cooked is adding to the cooking time and will alter the end product quality.

Parmesan Air Fried Green Beans on a plate with chicken

Picking an Air Fryer

There are a lot of air fryer options out there. Many air fryers are designed as single-use appliances, as in they air fry and not much else.

If you are looking at purchasing an air fryer, you want to consider how you will likely be using it.

Not only does the batch size vary with how large the air fryer is, but some have small and deep baskets while other have shallow and wide frying baskets.

I prefer and recommend something that has a wide and shallow basket because you can fit more in it without the food overlapping on itself, which especially matters sometimes as with these air fried green beans.

I have the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven which is wonderful because it also bakes, toasts, and more all in one appliance. With the shallow and wide basket.

And it works FAST which means chicken nuggets for the kiddos are ready in a flash!

Ingredients for Air Fried Green Beans

Here is what you need depending on the type of beans you are making:

Beans with cheese on them in a bowl

Parmesan Garlic Green Beans

  • Green Beans
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parmesan Cheese
Lemon Pepper Air Fried Green Beans in a white bowl

Lemon Pepper Green Beans

  • Green Beans
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lemon Juice
Spicy Asian flavored Air Fried Green Beans in a bowl

Spicy Asian Green Beans

  • Green Beans
  • Vegetable Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
Spicy Asian Air Fryer Green Beans being tossed before cooking

Instructions – Overview: How to Cook Green Beans in Air Fryer

Making these air fried green beans is very quick and easy. The most time consuming part is trimming the beans!

Clean and trim the beans and toss them in a medium bowl with ingredients as listed in the recipe.

Then spread them out in the air fryer basket. As thin as you can is best to expose as much as you can to the air for crisping up.

Parmesan Garlic Air Fryer Green Beans half way through cooking in the air fryer

Cook them for 7-8 minutes, tossing half way through. If your beans are thick or extra long, you might need a few extra minutes.

That’s it! You are ready to serve.

Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways) in three different white bowls
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All three Air Fryer Green Beans on a small plate

Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe (3 Ways)

Air Fryer Green Beans (3 Ways) are a fast and easy side dish recipe. Three healthy flavors of Parmesan Cheese Garlic, Lemon Pepper, and Spicy Asian. Great family and kid friendly vegetables.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese/East Asian, Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 servings (per flavor)
Calories: 168kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Parmesan Garlic Green Beans

Lemon Pepper Green Beans

  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • lemon zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon)

Spicy Asian Green Beans

Instructions

Parmesan Garlic Green Beans

  • Trim and clean the beans. Toss the beans in a medium bowl with the oil, salt, and garlic powder to coat.
  • Spread the beans out in the air fryer basket and fry at 375°F for 7 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • After tossing halfway through, add the parmesan cheese across the beans to melt for the remainder of cooking.
  • Serve immediately.

Lemon Pepper Green Beans

  • Zest the lemon before cutting. Set the zest aside.
  • Trim and clean the beans. Toss the beans in a medium bowl with the oil, black pepper, salt, and squeeze half of the lemon juice onto the beans to coat.
  • Spread the beans out in the air fryer basket and fry at 375°F for 7 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Remove the beans from the air fryer and toss with the remaining lemon juice from the other lemon half and sprinkle the lemon zest on top. Serve warm.

Spicy Asian Green Beans

  • Trim and clean the beans. Toss the beans in a medium bowl with the oil, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt beans to coat.
  • Spread the beans out in the air fryer basket and fry at 375°F for 7 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Remove the beans from the air fryer and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Serve warm.

Notes

Regardless of which flavor you use, you might need to cook the beans longer if they are large/thick or if your air fryer runs a little cooler. Just add a couple minutes of cook time if needed.
Nutritional information is the average for all three types of flavors, for the entire batch (1 pound).

Nutrition

Serving: 1batch (average) | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 2210mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2496IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 4mg

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By on October 12th, 2021

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