Air-Fryer Green Beans
Tossed simply with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red-pepper flakes and grated garlic, green beans in the air fryer blister beautifully in a fraction of the time without heating up the oven. Equally tasty hot or at room temperature, these green beans can be made ahead and set aside if you want to cook a main dish in the air fryer after they’ve crisped. Green beans will crisp up nicely if left undisturbed in the air fryer, but like an oven, an air fryer can contain hot spots, so it’s worth shaking the green beans at least once for even cooking.
- Serves: 2 persons
- ½pound green beans, trimmed
- 1 ½tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 2garlic cloves, finely grated
Step 1Heat air fryer to 375 degrees, if preheating is recommended for your air fryer.
Step 2In a medium bowl, combine the green beans, vinegar, olive oil, red-pepper flakes and garlic. (If there are any nubbins of garlic left after grating, throw those pieces into the air fryer as well; those bits transform into tasty crisps, golden on the outside but still tender and soft inside.) Season the green beans with salt and toss to coat, massaging the garlic onto the green beans.
Step 3Transfer green beans to the air fryer basket and scrape any remaining dressing on top. Fry at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, tossing with tongs or shaking the basket halfway through, until the green beans are charred in spots and fork-tender. (If you like your green beans with more bite, fry them on the lower end of this time range.)
Step 4Transfer green beans and any crisped garlic pieces back to the mixing bowl or to a new serving bowl and top with any remaining sauce from the air fryer. Season to taste with salt and serve hot or at room temperature.