Air fryer canned green beans is a delicious and simple side dish perfect for any meal. Add flavor and color to your plate with this frugal recipe.
We really enjoy eating canned green beans. In fact, they may be our preferred version of these green veggies. While we normally cook them on the stovetop, I couldn't help but try them in the air fryer.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's easy. This recipe uses basic seasonings to keep things nice and simple.
- It's cheap! Canned vegetables are one of the cheapest forms of vegetables unless you pluck them from the garden yourself or get them free. Add in some basic pantry staples, and you're looking at a very affordable dish.
- No oven is needed. This recipe is perfect whether your oven is temporarily out of commission, looking for recipes to cook while you're out of the house and only keeping a few appliances handy, or you simply don't want to heat up the house.
Canned green beans- You will need a can of your favorite green beans. Any cut will work fine but French-cut green beans may cook faster and become crispy.
Seasonings- Keep things simple with some basic pantry staple seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
🥣 Recipe Add-Ins
Bacon. Feel free to add in some (already cooked) strips of bacon or some real pieces of bacon bits. This can really help to elevate the dish.
Melted butter. If desired, add 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter to the bowl when mixing everything together for a richer taste.
Step 1: Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Gently toss well to coat evenly.
Step 3: Place everything into the basket of your air fryer.
Step 4: Air fry at 365 degrees F for 8 minutes.
Serve warm. Enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
If you're aiming to cut down on your sodium intake, be sure to inspect the labels on canned green beans when shopping. Certain brands contain considerably more sodium, and I've noticed that "organic" options tend to have higher sodium levels than regular ones.
To reduce the sodium, drain and rinse the green beans with water; this helps remove some of the excess since most of it is in the liquid.
Make sure to be gentle as you mix the green beans because they are pretty easy to squish. I like the regular-cut green beans because they're a little more forgiving than french cut, but you can use whichever you have on hand.
Reheating your green beans is simple and easy, using a pan on the stovetop and a little pad of butter, but I like to reheat one serving at a time on a plate in the microwave.
You can reheat these green beans in a skillet on the stove over medium heat, or on a microwave-safe plate for about 30 seconds in the microwave. I prefer the microwave if I'm heating 1-2 servings, but the skillet can be handy for a larger portion.
⏲️ Make Ahead Instructions
Want to make dinner a little more quickly? Prepare the green bean and onion mixture in a baggie and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days before cooking them. This means all you'll need to do later is plop them in the air fryer and push a few buttons.
You can keep leftover cooked green beans in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days. I recommend eating them when they are freshest, as that is when they'll taste the best.
Green beans are full of great vitamins and nutrients like vitamin K, calcium, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. Canned veggies can be just as healthy and nutritious as fresh or frozen veggies because canning helps to preserve these qualities.
You don't "have to" rinse your green beans, but I recommend doing it whenever a recipe specifically asks for it (like this one does). This helps to improve the flavor and helps the green beans to retain shape when cooked.
By adding flavors! If you simply reheat a can of green beans without adding anything to it, there's a good chance no one will want to eat it as-is. But, if we add salt, pepper, and a few more spices to it, we can really have a delicious dish everyone will enjoy.
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Air Fryer Canned Green Beans
- 2 cans Green beans, drained ($1.16)
- ½ Onion, sliced thinly ($0.35)
- ¼ teaspoon Salt ($0.02)
- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper ($0.02)
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder ($0.02)
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Gently toss well to coat evenly.
- Place everything into the basket of your air fryer.
- Air fry at 365 degrees F for 8 minutes.
- Serve warm. Enjoy!