These Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans couldn't be easier! Air fry frozen green beans with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper for a quick and tasty side dish that's ready in less than 15 minutes!
Frozen produce doesn't have to be plain and boring.
Using frozen veggies is a convenient, affordable, and delicious way to add more vegetables into your dinner rotation.
I often find myself sticking to the same side dishes over and over again. An air fryer is an easy to way to switch things up!
It can be very helpful when throwing together a last-minute weeknight dinner.
Toss frozen green beans in to the air fryer with olive oil and seasonings and you can have a healthy side dish in under 15 minutes!
Frozen green beans, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper are tossed together and air-fried to create a flavorful, crisp, and easy side dish!
Frozen Green Beans: Frozen green beans are the star of the show! Do not defrost for best results.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Any oil will work for this but I prefer the flavor of olive oil.
Garlic Powder: Just a bit for added flavor!
Red Chili Flakes: Adds a bit of heat. A drizzle of chili oil would be great as well.
Sesame Oil & Sesame Seeds: Toasted sesame oil adds a nutty flavor. Top with sesame seeds as a garnish and a little crunch.
See recipe card for quantities.
You will need an air fryer for this air fried frozen green bean recipe.
I use the Ninja AF150AMZ Air Fryer XL.
Please note that results vary depending on the brand of air fryer so adjust the timing as needed.
The green beans are done when they are no longer frozen, crispy on the outside, and tender on the instead.
How to Make This Recipe
This recipe for air fried frozen green beans with sesame seeds and red chili flakes is the perfect side dish for weeknight dinners.
The full written recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Add the frozen green beans to a large bowl. Do not defrost. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss until coated.
Step 2: Add the green beans to the air fryer basket. No need to preheat the air fryer.
Step 3: Air fryer at 375F for 12-15 minutes or until crispy and golden. Shake the basket halfway through the cooking time.
Step 4: Sprinkle with red chili flakes, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of sesame oil. Taste and add additional salt, if needed.
Note: Adjust the cooking time as needed. Depending on your air fryer and preference, your green beans may need more or less time.
Substitutions & Variations
Feel free to switch up this simple vegetable side dish to fit your preferences.
Olive Oil: Any neutral oil can replace the olive oil in this recipe.
Garlic: Omit and add onion powder. If you want to use fresh garlic, add at the halfway mark or else it will burn.
Sesame Seeds: If you don't want to add sesame seeds, you can add everything but the bagel seasoning or add more chili flakes.
Variations: Omit the sesame oil and seeds and top with fresh herbs, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, or vegan parmesan.
This sesame air fried green beans taste best served with Gochujang Tempeh.
These air fried green beans are best served immediately but can be reheated in the air fryer for a few minutes or on the stove top.
Tips & Tricks
Air fryers can vary. When attempting a new air fryer recipe, monitor it closely. Check on the green beans at the halfway point and during the final 2 to 3 minutes of cooking.
Adjust the cooking time as needed. Depending on your air fryer and preference, your green beans may need more or less time.
Fry in batches to ensure even cooking and prevent them from becoming soggy.
Don't defrost the green beans before air frying. They will get soggy, not crisp.
Important Note about Salt: Not all salts are made equal and cannot be substituted 1:1. If you are substituting table salt for kosher salt, you will need to cut the amount called for in the recipe by at least half.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, thawing the frozen green beans before air frying could result in soggy green beans.
Yes, simply toss in oil and seasonings and air fry until crisp.
To prevent sogginess and even browning, fry it batches. It will also depend on the size of your air fryer.
More Side Dish Recipes
Looking for other vegetable side dish recipes like this? Try these:
Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
- 1 pound Frozen Green Beans
- 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt see note
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Pinch of Red Chili Flakes
- Pinch of Sesame Seeds
- Drizzle of Toasted Sesame Oil
- Add the frozen green beans to a large bowl. Do not defrost.
- Add the olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss until coated and then add them to the air fryer basket. No need to preheat.
- Air fryer at 375F for 12-15 minutes or until crispy and golden. Shake the basket halfway through the cooking time.
- Adjust the cooking time as needed. Depending on your air fryer and preference, your green beans may need more or less time to get perfectly crisp. Frying in batches can help with even browning. But I often just throw them all in. This will be dependent on the size of your air fryer.
- Sprinkle with red chili flakes, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of sesame oil. Taste and add additional salt, if needed.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
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