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How to Make the Tastiest Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole

How to Make the Tastiest Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole

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Nothing beats the nostalgia of holidays when the comforting aroma of mom’s green bean casserole wafted through the house. However, in a modern twist, I’ve found a way to recreate that warmth using an air fryer.

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With the simple magic of hot, circulating air, you can make a healthier version without sacrificing the crunchiness of the green beans or the creaminess of the casserole.

Let’s embark on this culinary journey, blending old traditions with new technology, and discover how the humble air fryer can turn a simple vegetable into a scrumptious delight!

History of the Dish

Embarking on the culinary journey of the Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole, we must first pay homage to its roots in the mid-20th century United States.

As a simple-to-make recipe that used pantry essentials like canned green beans and cream of mushroom soup, Dorcas Reilly, a home economist working for the Campbell Soup Company, created this comforting dish in 1955.

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However, introducing new cooking technologies during the 21st century’s food revolution gave this traditional dish new life. Enter the air fryer, a kitchen gadget prized for its ability to deliver the crispness of deep-frying with a fraction of the oil.

Adventurous home cooks began to adapt the traditional recipe for this new appliance, creating the Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole. In this modern iteration, the green beans maintain their vibrant crunch, and the fried onions on top achieve unparalleled crispiness, all with less oil and quicker cooking time.

As we continue to innovate and adapt in the kitchen, this beloved dish symbolizes how the cherished recipes of the past can be reinvented for the modern palate.

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What Can You Serve With Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole

Embrace the versatility of the air fryer with tantalizing side dishes that will amplify the flavors of your Green Bean Casserole. Savory roasted sweet potatoes, with their delightfully crisp outer layers from the air fryer and sweet, creamy flesh, pair wonderfully with the casserole, adding a sweetness that balances its savory goodness.

A refreshing and zesty citrus-infused quinoa salad offers a light, nutritious counterpoint, its lemony zest harmonizing with the green beans.

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Don’t forget a soft, pillowy air-fried garlic naan, with its buttery, garlicky notes mingling exquisitely with the casserole.

For a low-carb option, consider air-fried zucchini fries, with their golden exterior and tender inside, which bring an inviting crunch. Each side dish contributes a unique touch to your meal, creating a symphony of textures and flavors alongside your Green Bean Casserole.

AF green bean casserole ingredients


  • Green Beans – canned and drained, providing a tender and earthy base for the casserole.
  • Milk – adds creaminess to the dish, but you can use any milk substitute for dietary preferences.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – delivers a rich, savory flavor that binds the casserole together.
  • Salt & Pepper – essential seasonings to enhance and balance the flavors of the dish
  • Crispy Fried Onions – add a delightful crunch and a burst of oniony goodness as the topping.

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees, ensuring it’s ready for optimal cooking.

combine ingredients with green beans

Combine the green beans, soup, milk, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup of fried onions in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to guarantee the even distribution of flavors throughout the casserole.

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Transfer the well-mixed ingredients into the air fryer pan and place it securely in the basket.

Cook the casserole for 10 minutes, allowing the ingredients to heat through and the rich flavors to blend seamlessly.

add onions and cook

After 10 minutes, carefully sprinkle the remaining fried onions over the top of the casserole, adding that much-desired crunch.

Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes until the fried onions on top turn golden brown and crispy.

serving the green bean casserole

Carefully remove the Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole from the air fryer. Serve up this delicious dish and enjoy the incredible flavors and textures!

How to Switch This Up a Bit

Why not add a spicy kick to your Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole? Toss in a pinch of cayenne pepper and some crushed garlic with the green beans before air frying.

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This subtle change will add tantalizing heat to the dish, balancing the creaminess of the casserole. Or, try swapping the classic fried onions with roasted almonds for a nutty crunch.

Experimenting with these flavors can transform this traditional dish into an adventurous culinary experience.


Where’s the safest spot for my casserole’s beauty rest?

Plop those air-fried green bean casserole leftovers right in the fridge! An airtight container is the ticket to freshness. You can keep them there for up to 3 or 4 days.

Can I freeze the leftovers for later?

Absolutely! Just wrap it well or seal it in a freezer-friendly container to prevent freezer burn. You’ve got about three months before it starts to lose its tasty charm.

Any bright ideas for reheating my leftovers without losing the crispiness?

 Yes, siree! Pop it back in your air fryer if it’s got room. About 350°F for 5-10 minutes should do the trick. If not, a conventional oven will also work – just keep an eye out to prevent burning!

Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole

af green bean casserole

With the simple magic of hot, circulating air, you can make a healthier version without sacrificing the crunchiness of the green beans or the creaminess of the casserole.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 4 cans green beans, drained
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ¾ cups crispy fried onions


Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the green beans, soup, milk, salt & pepper, and ¼ cup of fried onions.

Place in an air fryer pan and place in the basket.

Cook for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining fried onions and cook 2 - 3 more minutes until browned on top.

Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 638mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g
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