This air fryer green beans recipe transforms frozen green beans into a spicy, flavorful side dish in about 20 minutes. If you need a simple and healthy side dish for chicken or other proteins, add this recipe to the queue.
Making Air Fryer Green Beans from Frozen
One of my favorite things about my air fryer is that I can just throw frozen veggies straight in. You can see in the photos below what the green beans look like before and after air frying.
For these spicy sesame green beans, you’ll need to fry once straight from the freezer then remove and toss in the sesame mixture before air frying one final time.
Splitting the frying up like this maximizes the amount of flavor absorbed by the green beans and prevents the sesame seeds from burning. I use a similar technique for most things—including my air fryer potato chips and nacho fries recipes.
Ingredient Notes for Air Fryer Green Beans
I tried a few different ingredient combos during testing, and I think it’s hard to go wrong as long as you use the oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and ginger.
The final combo I decided on adds honey and Swerve Brown—a zero calorie, non-glycemic brown sugar substitute—but you could get by without them.
One important note: if you’re sensitive to spice, you might want substitute half (or all) the chili oil for another source. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a kick.
Pairing Ideas for Your Green Beans
Final Recipe Notes
I used my Simple Living Products 5.8qt Air Fryer for this recipe. If you’re using a smaller air fryer, you may need to fry the green beans in batches or give them a shake a few times during cooking.
And I think that’s about it. Get to fryin’!
- 1 lb Frozen Green Beans
- 1 Tbsp (16mL) Chili Oil
- 1 Tbsp (15mL) Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp (12g) Swerve Brown, or a brown sugar substitute
- 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds, I used half black sesame seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp (11g) Honey
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- Air fry the frozen green beans at 400 for 10 minutes.
- While the green beans cook, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the green beans to the bowl and toss until evenly coated.
- Transfer the green beans back to the air fryer basket at fry for another 10 minutes at 400.
Each serving has 2 Smart Points.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 50 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2g
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And if you need a one-pan, quick and easy dinner, check out my loaded air fried chicken and potatoes.