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Crispy Air Fryer Green Bean Fries are a delicious appetizer or snack. Baked, not fried, these crispy green beans are simple to make and cook in only 10 minutes! No air fryer? You’ll find oven-baking instructions too.

green bean fries being dipped into a small dish of dressing

Crispy and flavorful without being heavy, air fryer green bean fries are the side dish we all deserve! With a light breading, and paired with a fun dipping sauce, these are veggies that you’re family will crave.

Just like my Crispy Teriyaki Cauliflower, Easy Air Fryer PicklesFried Artichoke Hearts, and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, this recipe takes delicious veggies and turns them into a health(ier) appetizer or game-day snack. Check out my whole collection of air fryer vegetable recipes.

No air fryer? Check out the recipe notes for baking instructions. Let’s do this!

Air Fryer Green Bean Fries Ingredients

  • Green beans! You can use fresh or frozen (related: How to Blanch and Freeze Green Beans)
  • Buttermilk (egg works too, see notes)
  • Breading – all-purpose flour, breadcrumbs, baking powder, and panko
  • Seasoning – grated Parmesan, garlic powder & kosher salt
  • Olive oil – just a little bit

a bowl of green beans with breadcrumbs, herbs, and other ingredients for making crispy green bean fries

As written, the recipe will produce a light breading that allows the delicious green bean flavor shine through. If you want a heavier coating, you’ll find recipe adaptations in the recipe notes.

Use leftover beans to make Garlic Butter Green Beans, Green Beans in Tomato Sauce, Refrigerator Dilly Beans, learn how to can green beans, or Spicy Green Beans.

What to Serve With Crispy Green Bean Fries

These crunchy veggies would be a great side to serve with this Tortilla Pizza recipe, Instant Pot Beef Tips, Paleo Roast Chicken, Puff Pastry Pizza Pockets, or Lentil Nachos.

What’s are fries without a dipping sauce? We love: Healthy Ranch Dressing, Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce, Whole30 BBQ Sauce, Avocado Ranch Dressing, Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing, or Sugar-Free Pizza Sauce.

3 photos showing how to bread green beans

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • I used buttermilk (related: Freezing Buttermilk) for a light breading, but two beaten eggs also work really well if you want a heavier bread coating.
  • Gluten-free flour works great in this recipe. I prefer almond flour, but use what you have on hand.
  • I’ve used leftover matzoh meal after making Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup in place of the panko, and it’s delicious!
  • We prefer freshly grated Parmesan cheese, but you can use the stuff in “the green can” in a pinch.
  • Do not thaw frozen green beans prior to cooking.

2 photos showing how to make green beans in an air fryer

More Delicious Air Fryer Recipes

a plate of crispy green beans with a small dish of dressing

5 from 2 ratings

Air Fryer Green Bean Fries

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Baked, not fried, these crispy green beans are simple to make and cook in only 10 minutes!



  • Wash and trim green beans. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.
    2 cups green beans
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine green beans and buttermilk. Stir to coat.
    1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Using tongs, transfer green beans to a separate mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle beans with flour, baking powder, panko, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, and kosher salt. Toss to coat.
    1 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup panko, 2 tbsp breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp Parmesan, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Lightly brush air fryer basket with olive oil.
  • Place green beans in air fryer basket and spray beans with olive oil.
    2 tsp olive oil
  • Cook at 390 degrees F for 5 minutes. Shake the basket and cook for another 5 minutes.


Oven-baking instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add parchment to a rimmed baking sheet, and spread green beans out. Spray with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 2-5 minutes depending on how crispy you'd like them.
Use 2 beaten eggs in place of buttermilk if you want a heavier bread coating.


Serving: 0.5cupsCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 209mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. My 17-year old said, “This is the good taste of Green Bean Casserole without the gross texture.” That is high praise from a teenager! 😉 We just got an air fyer and it was my first recipe to try on it….Excited to try again when I actually have Planko and I don’t bake them for 5 minutes before I realized it wasn’t on Air Fry! 😀5 stars

  2. OH MY GOSH THESE AIR FRYER GREEN BEANS. I don’t like most vegetables. I like broccoli cooked and raw and I’ll eat a handful of different veggies (carrots, celery, etc) raw. I don’t like green beans, peas, asparagus, Brussels sprouts.. I can eat some stuff if it’s hiding in soup or baked in a casserole but not plain. I used to force myself to eat nasty green beans so my daughter would eat them (worked great, she loves veggies way more than her mama!) And then these came into my life. I’ve been trying to eat fewer carbs and increase my veggie intake and I know since *technically* these are breaded there are still carbs involved, but never in my life have I eaten a green bean and called it “good.” And I did that last night. They were so good that I told my husband I was going to reheat the leftovers from last night’s dinner to serve again with tonight’s dinner, “because I really liked them.” So THANK YOU for bringing these into my life! ????5 stars

    1. Awww, I love a review that starts out with all caps! 🙂

      So glad you enjoyed them and I love that they’re helping you eat more veggies.

  3. Being vegan, I still can’t decide if I want an air fryer! It looks tempting, but I feel like I would be so limited what to make in it and I don’t want to eat potatoes. This recipe looks good

  4. Funny that you call them green bean fries.  In my house green beans are often eaten like fries (me) or always eaten like fries (hubs).  Since I see that they are a finger food for you as well I am going to choose to believe that everyone does it.  That way I won’t feel so redneck.  I haven’t tried your recipe but I will in the near future and if it’s as good as it looks then I will be excited to harvest the beans I am planting tomorrow.  I love “going out back and picking dinner” time of year.