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Air Fryer Green Beans with Garlic Butter Sauce

Air Fry­er Green Beans with Gar­lic But­ter Sauce is, quite sim­ply, the per­fect side dish. I love these but­tery deli­cious green beans, dot­ted with fresh gar­lic, chili flakes and sesame seeds. It’s a sim­ple, 15-minute veg­etable side dish that could eas­i­ly become the star of the meal!

Air fryer green beans with garlic butter sauce served in an oval-shaped white bowl. The bowl is on a concrete counter which has a turquoise and white kitchen towel draped across. Green beans are being lifted from the bowl with metal tongs.
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Hon­est­ly, in the world of quick air fry­er recipes, this is one of my favorites. Air Fry­er Green Beans with home­made Gar­lic But­ter Sauce is sim­ple enough to enjoy any night of the week. 

But, def­i­nite­ly break these out for Sun­day din­ner and for the hol­i­days. This is com­pa­ny-wor­thy, cel­e­bra­tion food, too! I mean, seri­ous­ly. It’s fresh beans in the air fry­er, wrapped in a heav­en­ly gar­lic but­ter sauce with gin­ger and chili flakes! What’s not to love?

These deli­cious air fry­er green beans will be a Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas side dish that every­one will rave over. Dou­bling this easy recipe is a great idea. And, be ready to share it, too.

Air fry­ing green beans is so easy and quick. It’s my new go-to for get­ting fresh green beans on the table. Prep and cook­ing total is under 15 min­utes. And, the fact that they’re deli­cious is also a strong moti­va­tor. lol

But, no wor­ries if you don’t have an air fry­er. These deli­cious green beans in but­ter gar­lic sauce can be made in a skil­let on your stove top, too. I’ll give you all the details on how to saute them, instead, in the Notes sec­tion of the recipe card.

https://www.inspiredtaste.net/51775/garlic-sauteed-green-beans/

The Ingredients

These sim­ple ingre­di­ents will trans­form a com­mon, and some­times bor­ing, green bean side dish into a spec­tac­u­lar pow­er­house of fla­vor. Eat­ing your veg­eta­bles is going to be a true delight!

For Air Fryer Green Beans

  • fresh green beans (See, below to get info on air fry­ing frozen green beans.)
  • avo­ca­do oil (Sub in olive oil, if you prefer.)
  • salt
ingredients for air fryer green beans - fresh green beans, avocado oil and salt

For Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce

  • but­ter
  • minced gar­lic
  • dried pars­ley
  • dried gin­ger
  • red pep­per flakes
  • option­al gar­nish, sesame seeds
Garlic Butter Sauce ingredients in a liquid measuring cup - butter, minced garlic, dried parsley, dried ginger and red pepper flakes

FAQs about Air Fryer Green Beans

I don’t have fresh green beans. Can I air fry frozen green beans?

Absolute­ly! Roast­ing frozen green beans in the air fry­er is sim­ple, too. Place your frozen green beans in a colan­der and rinse them under cool water until they’re thawed. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen tow­el or paper tow­els. Air fry the green beans as direct­ed in the recipe. 

I don’t have an air fry­er. Can I saute green beans in a skil­let?

You sure can! Toss the green beans in oil and salt, as instruct­ed in this easy recipe. Then, saute the green beans in a skil­let over medi­um heat. Cook the green beans for 3–5 min­utes. You want to get some of the same carameliza­tion and brown blis­ters on the out­side as when using an air fry­er. Stir the green beans occa­sion­al­ly to keep them from get­ting too dark on any one side. After 3–5 min­utes, add 1/4 cup water to the skil­let and cov­er it with a lid. Cook for 2 min­utes more or until the beans are ten­der. Drain any excess liq­uid. Toss the green beans with the gar­lic but­ter sauce and serve.

Air fryer green beans with garlic butter sauce served in an oval-shaped white bowl. The bowl is on a concrete counter which has a turquoise and white kitchen towel draped across.

How to Make Air Fryer Green Beans

  1. To make this recipe, pre­heat your air fry­er to 375°.
  2. Wash the fresh green beans and remove any stems. Pat the green beans dry.
  3. Place the fresh green beans in a mix­ing bowl. 
  4. Add the avo­ca­do oil and salt to the mix­ing bowl. Toss the green beans in the avo­ca­do oil (Olive oil will also work.) and salt until all are even­ly coat­ed.  (I find it’s eas­i­est to just use my hands for this job.)
  5. Arrange the green beans in a sin­gle lay­er in the air fry­er bas­ket.  My Bre­ville Joule Oven [affil­i­ate link] has an air fry­er bas­ket that will hold the entire pound.  If yours is small­er you may need to do a cou­ple batch­es. Cook the beans in the air fry­er for 8 to 10 min­utes.  SEE NOTE 1 in the recipe card.  (No air fry­er?  SEE NOTE 2.)

fresh green beans tossed in oil and salt, arranged in a single layer in air fryer basket
  1. When green beans are cooked to your desired ten­der­ness (8–10 min­utes), remove from the air fry­er and place back into the mix­ing bowl you used to coat them with oil and salt.

How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce

  1. While green beans are cook­ing, add the gar­lic but­ter sauce ingre­di­ents (but­ter, minced gar­lic, dried pars­ley, dried gin­ger and red pep­per flakes) to a microwave safe dish. Melt the but­ter and sea­son­ings in the microwave on high pow­er for 30 seconds.
  2. Stir sauce and return to microwave for 1 minute.  Stir again. Set sauce aside until beans are done.

Assembling the Dish

Pouring Garlic Butter sauce over air fryer green beans
  1. Pour the gar­lic but­ter sauce over the air fried green beans and toss to coat every bean.
  2. Trans­fer the air fry­er green beans with gar­lic but­ter sauce to a serv­ing dish and serve immediately. 

What to Serve With Air Fryer Green Beans

Air fryer green beans with garlic butter sauce served in an oval-shaped white bowl. The bowl is on a concrete counter which has a turquoise and white kitchen towel draped across.

Air Fry­er Green Beans in Gar­lic But­ter Sauce are sim­ple and quick to pre­pare mak­ing them a nat­ur­al side dish for busy week­nights. How­ev­er, these deli­cious green beans are wild­ly fla­vor­ful and real­ly spe­cial. Every guest at your Sun­day din­ner table or hol­i­day meal will swoon for these scrump­tious but­tery green beans.

Left­overs can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days.  Just rewarm in the microwave in 30 sec­ond bursts. (I high­ly doubt you’ll have left­overs, though.)

Add Air Fry­er Green Beans in Gar­lic But­ter Sauce to any meal plan. They are a tasty side dish next to any of these deli­cious main dishes.

The Recipe

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https://www.inspiredtaste.net/51775/garlic-sauteed-green-beans/

Air Fryer Green Beans with Garlic Butter Sauce


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 15 min­utes
  • Yield: 4-6 serv­ings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Units Scale

To Make the Green Beans:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 Table­spoon avo­ca­do oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 tea­spoon salt

To Make the Gar­lic But­ter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup salt­ed butter
  • 23 tea­spoons minced garlic
  • 1 Table­spoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 tea­spoon dried ginger
  • 1/4 tea­spoon red pep­per flakes
  • option­al gar­nish: sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Pre­heat your air fry­er to 375°.
  2. Wash the green beans and remove any stems.
  3. Pat the beans dry.
  4. Place the fresh green beans in a mix­ing bowl.
  5. Add the avo­ca­do oil and salt to the mix­ing bowl.
  6. Toss the green beans in avo­ca­do or olive oil and salt until all are even­ly coat­ed.  (I find it’s eas­i­est to just use my hands for this job.)
  7. Arrange the green beans in a sin­gle lay­er in the air fry­er bas­ket.  My Bre­ville Joule Oven has an air fry­er bas­ket that will hold the entire pound.  If yours is small­er you may need to do a cou­ple batches.
  8. Air fry the green beans for 8 to 10 min­utes.  SEE NOTE 1.  (No air fry­er?  SEE NOTE 2.)
  9. While green beans are cook­ing, add the sauce ingre­di­ents to a microwave safe dish.  Melt the but­ter and sea­son­ings on high pow­er for 30 sec­onds.  Stir sauce and return to microwave for 1 minute.  Set sauce aside until beans are done.
  10. When green beans are cooked to your desired ten­der­ness, remove from the air fry­er and place back into mix­ing bowl.
  11. Pour the gar­lic but­ter sauce over the beans and toss to coat.
  12. Trans­fer beans to serv­ing dish and serve imme­di­ate­ly.  (Left­overs can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days.  Rewarm in microwave in 30 sec­ond bursts.)

Notes

NOTE 1: Keep in mind that dif­fer­ent brands of air fry­ers cook dif­fer­ent­ly.  Check your beans at 7 min­utes and check every minute or so after that.  If I’m serv­ing the beans to just my hus­band and myself, I will go with 7 or 8 min­utes because we like the ten­der-crisp tex­ture (crispy green bean).  When cook­ing for my kids and grand­kids who pre­fer green beans to be soft­er, I use the full ten min­utes.  I also like the 10 min­utes for this spe­cif­ic recipe, because you get that slight bit of carameliz­ing and blis­ter­ing on some of the beans.  It’s gorgeous!

NOTE 2: (To cook beans with­out an air fry­er)  Toss the green beans in oil and salt, as instruct­ed in the recipe. Then, saute the green beans in a skil­let over medi­um heat. Cook the green beans for 3–5 min­utes. You want to get some of the same carameliza­tion and brown blis­ters on the out­side as when using an air fry­er. Stir the green beans occa­sion­al­ly to keep them from get­ting too dark on any one side. After 3–5 min­utes, add 1/4 cup water to the skil­let and cov­er it with a lid. Cook for 2 min­utes more or until the beans are ten­der. Drain any excess liq­uid. Toss the green beans with the gar­lic but­ter sauce and serve.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Side Dish, Vegetable
  • Method: Air Fry­er
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

18 thoughts on “Air Fryer Green Beans with Garlic Butter Sauce”

  1. These green beans are seri­ous­ly so good! They are easy, my kids love them, and I’m a huge fan!

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