Crispy Green Beans are crunchy, addictive, AND heathy! All you need are fresh green beans, a few pantry ingredients, a baking sheet, and 25 minutes to make these deliciously breaded green bean fries. Use your oven or air fryer to cook these – directions for both are included!
They are better for you than French fries and perfect as a nutritious side dish, a crunchy appetizer, or a healthy snack. Best of all, the kids will eat them up without complaint and even ask for more!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Sometimes getting your kids to eat vegetables can feel like pulling teeth. On nights when I want to be sure they'll eat their fresh veggies and like 'em too, I make this green beans recipe!
With just a pound of green beans and a few other ingredients, you can oven fry this crunchy green bean snack and serve it as a healthy and crowd-pleasing easy side dish. You can also serve these crispy green bean fries as a nutritious appetizer or snack. They pair well with just about everything and will satisfy your French fry cravings!
Just like these Air Fryer Green Beans, you'll love how easy it is to assemble this dish and have a perfect healthy side dish or afternoon snack on the table in under 30 minutes!
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- bread crumbs - panko bread crumbs are the best for super crispy results.
- ranch dressing mix - packs in lots of flavor without much work.
- garlic powder, onion powder, & paprika - a delicious spice blend of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
- salt & black pepper - use these to taste.
- eggs - helps the bread crumb coating stick to your green beans.
- green beans - you'll want to wash and trim these before cooking.
- Beats your eggs in a bowl.
- Add the bread crumbs to a separate bowl with the ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Mix until well combined.
- Drench the green beans in the beaten egg.
- Coat the green beans in the bread crumb mixture.
- Place the breaded vegetables on a baking sheet, spritz with a little olive oil cooking spray, then bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove and turn the green beans, then bake another 2-5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
No, I would recommend using fresh green beans to ensure that your results are nice and crispy.
Yes! Because they're "oven fried," or sprayed lightly with oil and then baked, these crispy green beans are flavorful and delicious without having to be deep fried. Their crispy texture comes largely from the panko bread crumbs.
First, be sure to store them in your crisper drawer in your fridge, and try not to store them for too long before cooking.
After you wash your green beans, be sure to dry them well. Moisture will make it difficult for the beans to get crispy. You can also use your oven's broiler for about 2 minutes at the end of cooking to really crisp them up--just be aware that they can burn easily this way, so keep an eye on them.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- To save time, buy your green beans pre-washed and trimmed.
- Use a gallon-sized zipper top bag for a simple way to coat the green beans if you're making them in large quantities. First dip them in the beaten eggs, and then toss them in the plastic bag filled with the seasoned bread crumb mixture.
- Use tongs or tweezers or a fork to dip the green beans and transfer them to the bread crumbs in order to prevent clumping.
You'll love how easy it is to prepare this breaded green bean snack! Serve it for an oven fried pick-me-up in the afternoon or pair it with a main course for a healthy and delicious dinner!
📖 Substitutions and Variations
- SHORTCUT! You can eliminate the seasonings by purchasing seasoned breadcrumbs.
- On the lookout for easy air fryer recipes? To make these green bean fries in the air fryer, follow all of the steps up until baking and instead, place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket and set the cooking time to 5 minutes at 390 degrees F.
- For some extra flavor, add Parmesan cheese to the bread crumb mixture.
- Other flavoring options include chopped parsley, cayenne pepper, chili powder, or jalapeno ranch. You can try any combination of seasonings and flavors with these versatile crispy green beans!
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, like this zingy Chipotle Cheese Dip.
🔊 What readers are saying...
"Made these last night and they were DELISH! Husband said he'd rather have these than regular fries."
🥫 Storage and Reheating
These crispy green beans are best served immediately, but you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Reheat in the oven, toaster oven, or an air fryer for best results--microwaving them will likely lead to sogginess.
💡 What To Serve With This Dish
These green bean fries pair well with just about any main course, but here are some of my favorites. They go great with Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters, and I love to add a pinch of Old Bay and serve them with Shrimp Grilled Cheese.
If you are in the mood for more oven-fried food, check out this Oven Fried Lemon Chicken. So much flavor, yet it's easy to make and is so much lighter than regular fried chicken.
You could also serve with Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta or this classic One Skillet Cheese Tortellini.
🥕 More Veggie Side Dish Options
- Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables - This air fryer easy recipe is a great way to prepare any of your favorite frozen vegetables.
- Baked Dill Fries - These guilt-free potato wedges are tossed with dill and cooked to perfection.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic - Tender on the inside but crispy on the outside, you'll never prepare brussels sprouts another way again!
- Apple Spinach Salad - This summery salad from Gimme Some Oven is a refreshing side to serve with any of your favorite entrees.
Breaded Green Bean Fries
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📋 Recipe Card
Oven Fried Crispy Green Beans
- ¾ cup breadcrumbs (recommend to use panko bread crumbs)
- 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 pound fresh green beans washed and trimmed
- olive oil spray
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
- Combine the breadcrumbs, ranch mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.¾ cup breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
- Dip the green beans in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Place then on the baking sheet in a single layer.2 eggs, 1 pound fresh green beans
- When all green beans are coated, spray them lightly with olive oil spray.olive oil spray
- Place the baking sheet in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove and flip them before putting them back in the oven, then bake for about 2-5 minutes until crispy.
- Shortcut 1: Buy your green beans already washed and trimmed.
- Shortcut 2: Use seasoned bread crumbs and skip the ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- If you are making a large amount, use a gallon-sized plastic zipper bag so you can coat a bunch of greens beans at once.
- Dip the fresh green beans in the beaten egg using large tweezers or small tongs (or even a fork) and then transfer to the bread crumb mixture to coat, which helps to keep your bread crumbs from clumping.
- After flipping the green beans, to get them really crispy, you can turn on the broiler for about 2 minutes (just watch them carefully to prevent burning).
- AIR FRYER DIRECTIONS: Preheat the air fryer to 390. Place the breaded green beans in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry for about 5 minutes, until golden and crispy.
- Green bean fries are definitely best served immediately.
- Store leftovers in a container in the refrigerator, then reheat them in the oven or toaster oven (not the microwave) to get them crispy again.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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Made these with my kids and we used the air fryer - turned out great and both my kids loved them. Will be making again for sure!
These made such a fun appetizer! And they are SO addicting!
Yum! These were so fun for the kids to eat! Absolutely delicious, thanks for the recipe!
This may just be my favorite way to prepare green beans. Love that crispy exterior...such a delicious side!
This was such a great way to amp up bland green beans! Served these with dinner last night and they were a hit all around the table; easily, a new favorite side dish!
I could not get the coating to stick to the green beans! Is there a trick to this? It just clumped up. What type of bread crumbs are recommended?
I used just plain store-brand bread crumbs, but maybe you should try Panko bread crumbs since they are a little larger and possibly would clump less. Also, make sure your green beans are dry before dipping them in the egg. And when you roll them in the breadcrumbs, don't overdo it, as the more you touch them the more chance you will get clumping. I hope that helps!
Judith A. Graber
I've eaten these before but never made them. An easy recipe that is baked and not fried. Happy Fiesta Friday!
We love green bean fries. I have thought of trying to make them before but have not looked for a recipe, so this is perfect for me. Thank you for sharing at What's For Dinner Sunday link up.
oh, and i tweaked your recipe with smoked paprika, which i always use instead of regular.
Great idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
this is a great recipe! i had two pounds of dragon tongue beans from our CSA to use up and made this for our National Night Out block party. i served this with the chipotle cheese dip and it was a hit! people just stood by the platter and chowed down!
any suggestions on how to more evenly crisp up the beans? i have a difficult time getting all sorts of veggies to brown evenly in the oven. thanks!
I think I would try placing them on a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet (like this one ---> https://amzn.to/2MhxBFX Disclosure-this is an affiliate link). Watch them carefully, however to be sure they don't burn. If you don't have any cooling racks you can use in the oven and don't want to buy any, maybe try crumbling some aluminum foil in a ball (not tightly!), and then un-crumble it and spread it out over the baking sheet, to create an uneven surface for the beans. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!