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  • Writer's pictureRachel Ogilby

Air Fried Garlic Teriyaki Green Beans

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Dear Air Fryer (a love letter),

I like vegetables in almost every state, but you help me create amazing, crispy green beans, fried cauliflower bites, and roasted veggies all with the turn of a dial. You transform raw chicken tenders into flavorful, juicy entrees.

You decrease my cooking time in half or less and decrease my cleaning time even more. For that, I am beyond grateful. I know we’ve only known each other for a few days, but I already feel like I’ve loved you for many years. I can’t wait to get to know you better - in fact, I have planned many date nights for us in the future!

Thank you for being a loyal and dependent companion during these uncertain times. Knowing that you are sitting on my kitchen counter at home gives me peace of mind during a hectic day. I know you are patiently waiting for me to come home and spend time with you. One of your best qualities is that I can throw a quick dinner into you, step away for 15 minutes, and return to a tasty, home cooked meal.

You complete my kitchen tool needs.

All my love,


My new air fryer! See my waving?!

In all seriousness, this bad boy has become my go-to in the hot summer heat when I don't want my kitchen to be even hotter by the oven. People have raved to me about air fryers for years now, but it wasn't until we got one for my mom for Christmas that I realized how wonderful they are. She was sold on the air fryer due to its easy clean up and ability to create wonderful textures in unexpected foods... and she was right to do so!

Some standard ovens are now including a convection setting. If you have a setting like this in your oven, you can use it just like you would an air fryer! For the rest of us, you can find practically any size air fryer at a range of prices. Mine happened to be a hand-me-down, and so far I've had a great time experimenting with recipes and ingredients!

I've watched air fryers impressively turn frozen veggies into crisp deliciousness on social media and TV, and I had to try it for myself. Enter - frozen green beans. I now know the appeal and attraction of this trick - no cleaning and trimming the green beans? No clean up after? Just open the bag and toss 'em in?!? It is really that simple!

Frozen Green Beans - Before!

Through other searches I learned that the trick to crisping frozen veggies (so they don't wind up soggy or droopy) is to cook them at a lower temp, then blast them for the last few minutes at 400 degrees F for maximum crispness and crunch. This worked perfectly for my frozen green beans.

Crisp and delicious after!

Air Fried Garlic Teriyaki Green Beans

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Makes 4 servings


16 oz/1 lb frozen (or fresh) green beans

5 cloves garlic, sliced

2 Tbsp (separated) G Hughes Sugar Free Teriyaki Marinade, or your favorite sauce

1 Tbsp sesame seeds


Set air fryer to 320°F

Prepare green beans – if using frozen, simply open and empty into large bowl. If using fresh, rinse/wash and trim ends, then cut to desired length.

Toss with garlic cloves and 1 Tbsp G Hughes sauce

Place in air fryer and cook for 15 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes

Turn heat to 400°F and cook for 3-5 minutes (check frequently)

Once cooked to desired crispness, remove green beans and place back in bowl. Toss with reserved 1 tbsp of sauce and 1 tbsp sesame seeds. Serve hot or cold!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 59

Fat: 1g Carbs: 11g

Fiber: 4g

Net carbs: 7g Protein: 3g

Enjoy getting your fill of fiber and greens! Did you make these? What did you think?

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