Fried Green Beans with Lime Aioli Dipping Sauce

Fried green beans definitely give french fries a run for their money…who says spuds are the only veg that can be fried? These beans are light and crispy, and the sauce is extra tangy. Pull up a lawn chair and dig in!

Fried Green Beans with Lime Aioli Dipping Sauce, an easy appetizer.

I made these in a 3 qt saucepan with just a couple inches of oil. No big deal. No huge production. A bottle of beer mixed with a cup flour makes the batter. Lime, garlic, and mayo, makes the sauce.

4 from 5 votes

Fried Green Beans with Lime Aioli Dipping Sauce

Author Sue Moran


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 large bottle of beer
  • fresh green beans

lime aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • salt and pepper


  • Fill a deep pan (wide enough for the beans) with a 2-3 of inches of oil. heat the oil to 350 to 375 degrees.
  • Season the flour with salt and pepper, then add the beer slowly to make a thin batter, about the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Wash, dry, and trim just the stem end off the beans.
  • Drop the beans in the batter, and then into the hot oil. They will fry to golden in about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Don't overcrowd the oil or the beans will stick to each other and the temperature of the oil will drop.
  • Serve hot with sauce.
  • To make the aioli, whisk all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
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  • Reply
    March 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Anybody have any ideas on how to make these crisp up again after storing in the refrigerator?

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      March 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Hey Meredith— storing fried food is never very successful, I might try heating them in a single layer in the oven, maybe at 300F for a few minutes. Hope this helps!

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    June 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Could you use a healthier oil for frying? Like coconut oil?

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    July 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    What a super idea, Sue. And I love the simplicity of the Lime Aioli too.

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    July 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I loved your chickpea fries so I’ll have to give these a whirl this summer too! Beer and flour batter-how great!

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    July 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Mmmmm…I love fried zucchini so I know I’d love fried green beans as a special treat!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    July 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What great finger food – and was happy to see that there was not much oil required for the frying part.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    July 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    The green beans look fantastic! I’d love the aioli.

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    July 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Tempura green beans are definitely one of my favorite things, and I can’t believe I haven’t thought to make them so far this summer! Thanks for the reminder!

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    July 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    You are making me so hungry! Beans are just starting to come in. Thanks for the great idea and lovely photos.

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    July 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    MMmmmm…I want these now! Seriously LOOOOVE.

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    Ellen B Cookery
    July 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I just can’t wait to start picking green beens from my garden. I am definitely making this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    July 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Gotta love fried green beans! Yum! And that aioli sounds fantastic!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    This sounds delicious, especially wit the lime aioli!

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    Hungry Dog
    July 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    So, I basically just want to live at your house. You churn out the most amazing food (and drinks!) every single day…I don’t know how you do it but you are an inspiration!

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    July 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Oh do you have “lawn chairs” over there? That’s new to me as is this concoction, I’ve never ever had anything like this before.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    July 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Wow! I never knew you could do that! Bar food sounds pretty good right now.

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