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Spicy Sesame Air Fryer Green Beans

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. 

two photos of air fryer green beans in a white bowl

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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. 

four photos of frozen green beans in the air fryer

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.

mason woodruff holding air fried green beans

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.

air fryer green beans tossed in sesame seeds and chili oil

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’! 

Be sure to let me know how your spicy sesame green beans turn out! Tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff or join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.

spicy sesame air fryer green beans in a bowl

Spicy Sesame Air Fryer Green Beans

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Transform frozen green beans into a flavorful side dish in 20 minutes.



  1. Air fry the frozen green beans at 400 for 10 minutes. frozen green beans in the air fryer basket
  2. While the green beans cook, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. sesame seeds mixed with chili oil, honey, and brown sugar
  3. Add the green beans to the bowl and toss until evenly coated. green beans tossed in the sesame seed and oil mixture
  4. Transfer the green beans back to the air fryer basket at fry for another 10 minutes at 400. air fried green beans in a bowl


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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Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Love the char on these green beans! They would also be delicious with other flavor combinations. One of my favorites is garlic and herb seasoning from Weber with olive oil.

Samantha Pender

Monday 25th of November 2019

Made these air fryer green beans for my friedsgiving and they were an absolute hit! Super easy to prep and barely any cleanup! I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and still delicious

Stephanie K

Sunday 24th of November 2019

This was the very first Mason recipe I ever made and also the very first time I used an air fryer. The first time I made it I followed the recipe as written and I think I overcooked the beans a bit and the chili oil was a tad too much for me, I honestly had never cooked with that ingredient before so I wasn’t prepared for the spice level. I’ve made this several more times since then and I’ve perfected it for my taste buds- no chili oil and add 1 TBSP of minced garlic. I’ve cooked this for other people and they assume it’s so complicated because it taste so darn good but it’s easy and one I make fairly often.

Mandy W

Friday 31st of May 2019

I don't have an air fryer. Can I still make these in the oven?

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Sure thing! This recipe isn't intended to make extra crispy green bean fries so the oven will do just fine. Let me know how it goes.

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