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Make tender and perfectly crispy green beans in your air fryer using frozen green beans. You only need green beans, oil, and seasonings for this healthy side dish!

I use my air fryer daily for a variety of entrees and sides. I love it for creating healthy dishes with minimal effort and with less oil than is required for cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. It’s the best way to add veggies to your dinner table!

While I often prepare fresh vegetables in the air fryer, it was important to me to test the best method for frozen veggies too. Sometimes I scramble to create hurried weeknight dinners at the end of a busy day and frozen vegetables really come in handy. I suspect most of you can relate. Our days are full and we want to feed our family great food but we need quick solutions.

So here you go! These easy air fryer green beans start with frozen green beans and there’s no need to thaw them! They are so simple and tasty with hardly any prep work at all. Simply add the frozen veggies to the air fryer with a bit of oil and seasonings. Then let the air fryer work its magic.

This frozen green beans recipe is the perfect solution for busy weeknights. I’m confident the whole family will enjoy every yummy bite.

Craving more air fryer recipes? My Best Air Fryer Vegetables, Easy Air Fryer Zucchini, and Air Fryer Asparagus are other delicious sides you’ll enjoy. Want to cook frozen french fries in the air fryer? My instructions for Air Fryer French Fries will help you with that!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Green Beans

  • Frozen whole green beans: No need to thaw the green beans. We’ll cook them from frozen.
  • Olive oil or oil spray: Tossing the frozen green beans in a little oil helps them get perfectly tender and crispy when cooking. I like to use an avocado oil spray.
  • Seasonings: Salt and garlic powder are the only seasonings you need here. You’re welcome to use any other spices you enjoy.

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

Add the frozen green beans to the air fryer basket. Spread in a single layer as much as you can for best results. Add oil (or spray with oil spray) and seasonings. Cook for 10 minutes. If using a compact air fryer or if your green beans are piled on top of each other you’ll want to stir or shake them halfway through the cooking time. Green beans should be tender with some pieces with browning. You can cook for another 2 minutes if you prefer more browning.

When you’re done you’ll have tender green beans that make the perfect side dish!

Can You Use Fresh Green Beans?

Yes! Feel free to use fresh green beans if you prefer. Be sure to trim the ends first.

Ways to Customize Air Fryer Green Beans

I believe these green beans are perfectly seasoned but you can customize them using your favorite seasonings. Some fun ideas would be to add red pepper flakes, chili flakes, grated parmesan cheese, sesame oil, or a squeeze of lemon juice after air frying. For big flavor you could top with a small drizzle of soy sauce or balsamic vinegar.

Should You Preheat the Air Fryer?

A preheated air fryer will help your food cook faster so preheat the air fryer whenever possible. Even just a couple of minutes can help! But know that I often neglect to do it and it will still work out. You might just require a few extra minutes of cook time at the end.

What Kind of Air Fryer Should You Use?

There are so many different air fryers out there and you do not need a pricey brand of air fryer to make yummy food. When I first start using an air fryer I purchased a Bosh Compact Air Fryer and it was under $40. The price tag appealed to me because at the time I wasn’t sure how often I’d use it! Needless to say, we use it all the time!

Since then I’ve moved to this Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer which is also a toaster oven. It’s big enough to cook a lot of food at once! Plus it looks nice and I keep it on the counter (I mentioned that I use it everyday so there’s no point in storing it elsewhere). It comes in white, silver, and black. I have it in white and my sister has it in silver.

How to Store Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

Store any leftover green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze them if you prefer. Freeze in an airtight freezer safe container (like freezer bags). Then thaw and reheat in a skillet on the stovetop or in the microwave.

How to Serve Air Fryer Green Beans

This delicious recipe is the perfect addition to any healthy meal. Serve this easy side dish with your favorite main dishes like chicken, steak, turkey, pork, or fish. If you’re eating low carb, add a simple salad! If you want to create a more satiating dinner, add a side of rice or a baked potato.

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Easy Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans

By Christina
Make tender and perfectly crispy green beans in your air fryer using frozen green beans. You only need green beans, oil, and seasonings for this healthy side dish!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 10 – 12 ounces frozen whole green beans, do not thaw
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or an oil spray (I use an avocado oil spray)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
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  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Add frozen green beans to air fryer.
  • Drizzle the oil over the green beans (or spray with an oil spray) and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. (You can also add any other optional seasonings you like here.)
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. (If using a compact basket style air fryer and the green beans are piled high on top of each other you'll want to shake halfway through cooking so the green beans at the bottom move to the top.) Green beans should be tender with some pieces with browning. You can cook for another 2 minutes if you prefer more browning.


Nutrition information assumes you used 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. If you use an oil spray instead (I use an avocado oil spray) a serving size would then contain 23 calories instead of 85 calories.


Calories: 85kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 295mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 489IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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