Air Fryer Green Beans (Asian-Style)

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This air fryer green beans recipe is the easiest and most flavorful way to prepare this classic and healthy side dish! Plus, it all comes together in just 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Green Beans (Asian-Style) in an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper with a fork

What makes these air fryer green beans so good

Like so many home chefs, I am smitten with my air fryer.

I’ve made so many fun recipes in this handy kitchen appliance, like crispy French fries, granola, roasted chickpeas, and even tandoori chicken tikka. And now I can add air fryer green beans to that growing list!

You don’t need to heat your kitchen and home with a hot skillet or oven to cook these Asian-style green beans. You can cook them perfectly in your air fryer!

All you need is some light oil, classic Asian-inspired seasonings like soy sauce and chile-garlic sauce, and some parchment paper for easy cleanup. They’re ready in 15 minutes!

Perfect for busy weeknights and meal prep.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • These air fryer green beans are not the least bit soggy. On the contrary, they’re tender with a good bite, bright green, and perfectly cooked.
  • The air fryer basket is lined with parchment paper, which means minimal clean-up!
  • They’re easy to make, delicious, and healthy!
  • They’re an easy side dish made with simple ingredients that pair well with any main course.

Ingredient notes

  • Fresh green beans (not canned; aka haricot verts)
  • Avocado or sesame oil (Ghee or olive oil would also work)
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce (I prefer to use low-sodium, so the saltiness isn’t overpowering)
  • Chili-garlic sauce (opt for low-sugar or sugar-free, if possible)
  • Brown sugar (light or dark will work; can also substitute honey, or omit entirely to keep these air fryer green beans low-sugar)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional but highly recommended as a garnish)

🍽 Required Equipment

You’ll need an air fryer to make this recipe. Here are the two that I recommend –

Air Fryer Green Beans (Asian-Style) on a plate with a fork garnished with sesame seeds

💭 Air Frying Tips

For best results, follow the guidelines below

  • No overcrowding – Always arrange food in a single layer and cook in batches if needed.
  • Spray oil on your food unless the protein already has oil in the marinade.
  • Use parchment paper or grease your tray/basket to ensure food won’t stick.
  • Toss or flip the food halfway during cooking to make sure the food is cooked evenly.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover air fryer green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer or microwave to serve or enjoy cold.

Serving Suggestions

We love to pair these Asian-style green beans with quinoa salad, but you could pair it with any main course or side dish of your choice.

Variations

  • Add nuts to the mix! We love to serve these Asian-style green beans with toasted sesame seeds, but toasted pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds would also be delicious.
  • Or add some dried fruit like golden raisins or dried cranberries before serving!
  • If you opt for sesame oil over avocado oil, be warned that it is very powerful and will impart a lot of flavors. You could always do half sesame oil and half avocado oil if in doubt.
  • Add more of your favorite seasonings! Onion powder, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper would be great in this air fryer green beans recipe.
  • If you eat bacon, you could add some chopped (raw) bacon or pancetta to the green beans before cooking them in the air fryer.
  • Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice!

More Air fryer side dish recipes

Air Fryer Green Beans (Asian-Style) on a plate with a fork garnished with sesame seeds

Air Fryer Green Beans

5 from 1 vote
This air fryer green beans recipe is the easiest and most flavorful way to prepare this classic and healthy side dish! Plus, it all comes together in just 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Diet : Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan
Course : Side Dish
Method: Air fryer
Cuisine : American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb fresh green beans (haricots verts), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon oil, (avocado or sesame)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer at 375°F for 5 minutes or as per your air fryer manual.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add green beans and toss them with oil and salt until they are completely covered.
    1 lb fresh green beans (haricots verts), 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon oil
  • Arrange them in a single layer in an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper.
  • Air fry at 375°F for 8 -10 minutes till they are crispy and cooked through. Toss the beans at the halfway mark for even cooking. If using a toaster-style air fryer, make sure to rotate the tray.
  • Before serving, mix the green beans with soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and brown sugar.
    1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce, 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and serve hot.
    2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

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Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 760mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 783IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

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