Air Fryer Green Bean Fries are such a fun way to jazz up your everyday green beans! They're perfectly tender with the right amount of bite on the inside (in other words, not soggy) and they're well seasoned, crispy, and crunchy on the outside. There's no need for deep-frying them which not only makes these quick and easy but mess-free and healthy too!
They make a great finger food appetizer for game days or any type of gathering. When served with your favorite dipping sauces, they're utterly addicting. Just watch your kids scarf them down. I mean, if I can get my kids to find any kind of vegetable irresistible, then I'll be making them quite often!
If you're looking for a side dish that's a little something extra, these air fryer green beans are your answer. Of course, they're great for snacking, but imagine them on the side of a nice juicy steak. You really can't go wrong with however you choose to enjoy them.
Why You'll Love These Green Bean Fries
- Green beans are great roasted, steamed, or baked, but air frying them as crispy fries is my new favorite way to update a classic side dish.
- With minimal prep work, these are so quick and easy to make on busy weeknights or days when you have waited until the last minute to decide what's for dinner.
- They make a delicious snack, appetizer, or side dish and are perfect for little hands to grab and dip.
- Fresh green beans - Trim them, wash them, and be sure to dry them well. Look for beans that are green without any dark spots. They should be firm to the touch and not soft or mushy.
- Flour - Tossing the beans in flour will help to dry them out and absorb any moisture. It's also the first step in the dredging process and gives something for the eggs to hold on to.
- Egg - Helps the breadcrumbs to stick to the beans which is what makes the outer crust so crunchy.
- Breadcrumbs - I use Panko because they're flaky, yet coarse for that extra texture, but you can use whatever you prefer.
- Seasoning – Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
How to Make Bean Fries in the Air Fryer
Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Pat the green beans dry with a paper towel.
Step 2: Add flour to a bowl or Ziploc bag and toss the green beans around making sure they're all evenly coated.
Step 3: Set up a dredging station with 2 shallow bowls. The first will have the whisked egg and the second will have the breadcrumbs and seasonings.
Step 4: Take one green bean at a time, shake off excess flour, and dip it into the egg mixture. Shake off the excess again and roll it into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for all beans.
Step 5: Place beans in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray, making sure they're not overlapping. Spray them will oil and air fry for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve as is or with a side of your favorite dipping sauce!
- Make sure to leave room between the beans so that way the air can circulate properly and they crisp up and get nice and golden. If you're making a lot, be sure to cook in batches.
- These beans don't need to be flipped or tossed, but it won't hurt them if you decide you want to.
- Trim the ends of the beans. They're not pleasant to eat, but they also make it look a bit nicer, especially when you're serving guests.
- To make these keto-friendly and low-carb, use almond flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs or even almond meal for the breading.
- I suggest setting up your dredging station early on. It makes it way easier to get things going in a rhythm without having to stop what you're doing.
- For a little added convenience, you can drop a few beans into the eggs at once. It's just rolling around in the crumbs that should be done individually.
Favorite Dipping Sauces
You really can't go wrong with any kind of dipping sauce, whether sweet and sour, spicy, or thick and creamy! Here are a few of our family favorites:
- Sriracha and mayo
- Ketchup and mayo
- Just ketchup
- Creamy dill
- Sweet and sour sauce
- Sweet chili heat
- Blue cheese
No, I wouldn't recommend it. The results of these bean fries rely on the fact that they start dry so they don't create any steam. If you use frozen beans, not only will you have trouble getting any of the flour, egg, or breading to stick, but the water will just make your beans soggy. If you have frozen beans you want to use, make sure they are completely thawed first and fully dried.
Definitely! bake these at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until they've reached the perfect texture for your liking.
Air Fryer Green Bean Fries
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and washed
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F
- Pat green beans dry with a paper towel. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with flour.
- Then, set up a dredge station. In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg and olive oil. In a second shallow bowl, mix together panko breadcrumb, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Take one green bean and dip it into the egg mixture, shake off any excess. Then, roll it into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for all green beans and set them into the air fryer in a single layer, making sure there's some room between each one.
- Spray the green beans with oil. Air fry for 5-8 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
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