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Copycat The Habit Fried Green Beans

If you love The Habit fried green beans you’ll love this copycat recipe you can make at home. Great vegetable side dish that my kids love and we do too. Deep fried or you can make our version of fried green beans air fryer style.

fried green beans

So I’m always looking to add a new and tasty vegetable side dish to our dinners. So far it has worked since we went from children liking NO veggies to now they sometimes prefer them over their meat dish. These tempura fried green beans are now they’re favorites. (originally published 2/16, affiliate links present)

Deep Fried Green Beans

I started with salt and pepper zucchini chips which they love. I moved on to fried green beans which are now top of their list. I LOVE The Habit’s green beans so I made a copycat version here, hope you like them.

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Now you don’t have to have a deep fryer to make these. A pan with a few inches of oil will work just as well. The tip to getting them crunchy is to wait until the oil is nice and hot first. Never submerge food until it is more than 325 degrees so it doesn’t soak it up in the process.

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Habit Fried Green Beans

It isn’t often that we go out to eat but when we do I gravitate toward these fried green beans at The Habit.

  • I figured there had to be a way to create a recipe so I could make them at home for dinner too. It was really quite easy.

Of course it isn’t exactly the same but I since I can cook them with really fresh green beans they come out a bit more turgid and fresh than in the restaurant which is a win. Here is the recipe for tempura batter you will need.

fried green beans

Tempura green beans

You’ll need vegetable oil on the list too. If you are deep frying them you’ll need more than just adding that into a pot or cast iron pan. Either way works great just so long as they’re submerged.

  • Flour
  • Cold water
  • Egg
  • Fresh green beans trimmed on the ends and cut in half
  • Garlic powder
  • Seasoned salt

The base is just 3 main items. From there add as many seasonings as you would like to the batter in order to jazz it up. From there add more seasonings before serving.

tempura green beans

Green Beans Deep Fried

There is no need to bring a pot of water to boil and blanch them ahead of time. You can jump to recipe card below but here is a quick rundown;

  • Heat your vegetable or peanut oil until hot. You can test if it’s ready by putting one drop of your batter inside. If it fries immediately then it is ready. Sinking to the bottom means you need more time.
  • Mix together your flour, cold ice water, and egg whites in a bowl until smooth with a whisk.
  • Wash and cut off ends of green beans.
    • Lay them all out on paper towels and roll up to dry outsides off so batter will stick.
      • when choosing a batch, bright green and firm are best, I don’t like using from frozen
  • Use a fork and dip green beans into batter and put in oil when hot, turn over when lightly browned. Put on paper towels to absorb excess oil when done.
  • Season and serve with a little dish of ranch dressing for dipping.

Fried Green Beans without bread crumbs

The whole process of making Habit burger grill green beans are really quite simple. Using fresh vegetables is best and you’ll want to trim them just as you would if you made baked green beans in the oven. I use the same method when making air fryer green beans as well but that has to be a dry bread crumbs sort of coating instead of wet.

Make sure they’re dry on the outside so the batter sticks well and doesn’t slide off. Making sure your oil is nice and hot before submerging will ensure they come out crispy like you want them.

Next you can try our homemade air fryer french fries and/or tempura mushrooms too that are now a hit and made with this same tempura batter.

tempura mushrooms

The Habit Fried Green Beans

I will admit, these don’t save very well. I would recommend only making what you think you will eat that evening. Best when served immediately so they are warm and really crispy. As they sit they’ll soften up which isn’t as appetizing, freshly made is the only way to go so time it accordingly.

It is nice to mix it up at dinner time, and if you want a fun way to serve them at dinner or at a party these basket/cones are fantastic especially when you have kids.

Believe me when I say sometimes it takes time getting kids to eat vegetables. But trying new ones, and new ways of cooking them helps to enhance the love.

Let me know what you think of our fried green beans recipe! Do you have a vegetable side dish that you love?? I’d love to try it and add it to our rotation….I am always looking for another winner!

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Fried Green Beans

Fried green beans recipe, like a copycat green beans recipe from The Habit! Great vegetable side dish that my kids love and we do too.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fried, green beans, tempura, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 111kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Heat oil until hot. Test by putting one drop of your batter inside, if it fries immediately then it is ready.
  •  Mix flour, water, and egg in a bowl until smooth with a whisk.
  • Wash and cut off ends of green beans. Lay on paper towels and roll up to dry outsides off so batter will stick.
  • Use a fork and dip green beans into batter and put in oil when hot, turn over when lightly browned. Put on paper towels to absorb excess oil when done. Put a pinch of seasoned salt on and serve!


Nutrition Facts
Fried Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 10th of August 2023

I just made these for the second time stove top, with GF flour and GF bread crumbs and turned out great. Got oil to about 375-400 before putting them in and went about 6 mins with breadcrumbs. I also made the same recipe and cook time with asparagus (frozen in the bag but mostly cooked in microwave) and they turned out awesome as well.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 10th of August 2023

So glad

Darryl Tucker

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

I tried it in my Ninja Foodi and the first batch stuck together and the batter ran off the beans. The 2nd batch I put the beans on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes and air dried them frozen. They turned out way better! I added a little cyan pepper and salt to the batter and used some Sriracha mayonnaise for dipping and they were gone in about 5 minutes. Delish!

The Typical Mom

Monday 3rd of June 2019

I have never made these in my Foodi and probably wouldn't recommend that. You really can't use liquidy batters in that, just coated in bread crumbs really.


Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Can I use almond flour & a different oil to stay low carb? Thank you!


Saturday 4th of January 2020

Cindy did you try to make these low carb? I am curious how they turned out.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

I haven't but give it a whirl!

John Traugott

Saturday 20th of April 2019

how hot is hot? I am new at this cooking thing.

The Typical Mom

Monday 22nd of April 2019

For the oil? Put a drop of batter in oil and if it fries quickly then it is ready.


Wednesday 18th of April 2018

What kind of oil are you using to fry them? Could they be done in an air fryer?


Saturday 4th of January 2020

Kristina have you tried these in the air fryer?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 19th of April 2018

I just used vegetable oil, I am sure you could air fry them too!

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