These tasty green beans are an easy side dish that cooks in just a few minutes in the air fryer! With a simple seasoning and a tasty lemon aioli, you’ll be craving this side dish often.

I love green beans and cooking them in the air fryer is so fast and easy! It gives you the delicious browning that you get from roasting, but with less oil and in less time!

Air Fryer Benefits

If you’re not familiar with air fryer cooking, it works like a convection-style oven. The “fryer” circulates hot air around a metal basket which creates a crispy outer layer. This allows you to cook foods with minimal oil. I recommend using an olive oil spray for recipes like this because it allows you to use less oil while evenly coating the vegetables. Too much oil can make the beans soggy, but a little bit of oil adds flavor and promotes browning.

Types of Green Beans

For this recipe, I recommend using fresh green beans. Canned green beans are already cooked, and they’ll get too mushy in the air fryer. Although frozen green beans aren’t typically pre-cooked, they still don’t work as well as fresh green beans. You can usually buy fresh green beans in bulk in the produce section, or you may find pre-washed and trimmed green beans in the bagged produce section.

How to Make Green Beans in an Air Fryer

First, wash the green beans and trim the ends.

green beans on a cutting board

Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees. Add the green beans and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

green beans in an air fryer

Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes to ensure the beans are cooking evenly.

green beans in the air fryer

Serve with lemon aioli, if desired.

green beans on a plate

How to Make Lemon Aioli

In a small dish, whisk together 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. You can serve it on the side or drizzle it on top of the green beans. (You may need to add a splash of water, in order to drizzle it over the beans.)

To make a vegan aioli, use vegan mayonnaise. You can also serve these green beans without any sauce. They’ll still have plenty of flavor!

green beans on a plate

Other Air Fryer Recipes

Looking for more ways to use your air fryer? Here are a few of my favorites:

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air fryer green beans

Air Fryer Green Beans

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Side Dish

Description

These tasty green beans are a delicious side dish that cooks in just a few minutes in the air fryer! With simple seasoning and a lemon aioli, you’ll be craving this side dish often.


Ingredients

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Green Beans

  • 8 oz green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or olive oil spray)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Lemon Aioli (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
  2. Add the green beans and drizzle or spray with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes to ensure even browning.
  5. While the green beans cook, prepare the aioli. Whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Keywords: air fryer green beans

What to Serve with Green Beans

These beans make a great side dish! Here are a few of my favorite main dish recipes you can pair with these tasty beans.

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