Air Fryer Green Beans


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Achieve the perfect batch of air fryer green beans in under 10 minutes! They’re crisp, tender, and tossed with fresh garlic and lemon for the perfect side dish.

A white bowl filled with air fryer green beans
Photo by: Gayle McLeod

This is your reminder to grab a bag of fresh green beans! They’re the perfect side dish full of fiber, nutrients, and anti-inflammatory properties. And while you can make green beans super delicious with my sauteed green beans recipe, these air fryer green beans make for an even faster side dish.

But the best part (in my opinion) is that the air fryer adds that addictively crispy touch to them. So the end result is tender-crisp green beans with toasted edges. Delicious. Then, just add some fresh lemon zest before serving for a super easy and tasty side dish.

Ingredients for air fryer green beans

Air Fryer Green Beans Ingredients

Green beans don’t need much to taste this good. Here are the few things you’ll need.

  • Green Beans: You can use haricot verts (French green beans) or your standard package of green beans. If using haricot verts, just remember to trim the edges.
  • Seasoning: All you need are olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. For the garlic — feel free to use fresh garlic or garlic powder!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How To Make Air Fryer Green Beans

Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the type of air fryer you have, as well as the thickness of the green beans. But this recipe should work well across the board. And if you’re new to air fryers, I’m using the Ninja Max Air Fryer!

Toss together. Toss the green beans with oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Tossing green beans in a bowl for air fryer green beans

Air fry the green beans. Transfer the green beans to the air fryer basket and cook for 7 to 8 minutes at 375°F (190°C), shaking the basket halfway through. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches as you want a single layer.

Do you need to preheat the air fryer? I find that you don’t need to for this recipe. But you can if you’d like to shorten the cooking time.

Green beans in the air fryer basket

Storage Tips

  • To store for the week: These green beans will last for 4 to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Just note that they will soften over time, but you can always reheat them back in the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes!
  • Freeze for later: If you want to freeze this for later, they will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy, follow the above reheating process once they’ve thawed.
  • Reheating from frozen: This will vary depending on the air fryer model and type. But first, air fry them for about 6 to 8 minutes. Give it a shake, and air fry for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through.
Cooked air fryer green beans in basket

More Air Fryer Recipes

Simply put — air fryers make weeknights as easy as possible. So, give these recipes a try when you need something speedy and delicious on the dinner table.

I hope you enjoy these air fryer green beans as much as I do! Once you make them, I’d love to know how they turned out in the comment box below.

air fryer green beans in a white bowl

Air Fryer Green Beans

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Achieve the perfect batch of air fryer green beans in under 15 minutes! They're crisp, tender, and tossed with fresh garlic and lemon.


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • garnish with fresh lemon zest


  • Toss together. In a large mixing bowl, toss the green beans, oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
    Mixing green beans before air frying
  • Air fry the green beans. Transfer the green beans to the basket of an air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches as you want a single layer. Set the temperature to 375°F (190°C) and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
    Cooking green beans in the air fryer
  • Add lemon zest. Before serving, garnish with fresh lemon zest.
    A bowl of air fryer green beans


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 783IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Green Beans, Green Beans Recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Absolutely Delicious!
    Even without the Lemon Zest, it was amazing and so easy. The garlic was toasted perfectly in the bottom of the pan. I shook the basket every 2 min.
    (Next time I won’t forget the Lemon Zest.)5 stars

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! And the lemon does add the little something extra… for next time. ;)

  2. Lisa,
    These were delicious 😋
    So easy & quick to prepare & cook in my Airfryer!
    When are you publishing an Airfryer cookbook?
    Also, would love to see another cookbook with your recipes that are featured in your emails!! Thank you!!5 stars

    1. Hi Debbe – I won’t be publishing one for a while, but I’ll be sure to make more air fryer recipes for the website soon :)

  3. I tried your broccoli air fryer recipe a few weeks ago and today I continued with the green beans recipe. It was like eating green fries. Soooo delicious and crispy. And loved the kick of the lemon. Will definitely try more veggies!5 stars

  4. My garlic burned and ended up making the dish taste bitter and off, which I guess is what I would expect…how is everyone getting around this? Loving these recipes though! Even bought the book.

  5. Green beans in the air fryer are something that I never considered but my whole family likes them. I even consider them as snack worthy which is not a designation usually given to vegetables! I don’t even take the extra seasoning step with lemon and garlic, I only use a little salt. They were excellent!5 stars