Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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Learn how to make the perfect Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts that are tender on the inside and incredibly crunchy on the outside.

Cooked brussels sprouts

If you haven’t found a way of cooking brussels sprouts that you adore, you’ve not tried this air fryer recipe yet. It really is the perfect way to cook brussels sprouts to get them crispy without the sogginess or limpness you might have had in the past.

Try adding this honey sriracha sauce when they are finished cooking for a blast of flavor. It’s great on sweet potatoes and just about any veggie.

Why You’ll Love It

  • The joy of the air fryer is that the air inside circulates around the food to crispy all sides at once. In fact, brussels sprouts are kind of the perfect vegetable for the air fryer because of all the layers and nooks that can be crisped.
  • Roasting brussels sprouts in the oven can be good, but they often will turn out mushy on the inside because you had to cook them too long to get the lovely crispy effect you want on the outside.
  • At restaurants, where crispy brussels sprouts are a huge hit, it’s because they are deep fried and the hot oil helps to crisp them to perfection. The air fryer will help you reproduce this deliciousness without all that oil.

Audrey says: 5 stars These were super easy!

Cooked brussels sprouts in the air fryer

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Brussels sprouts – Look for medium-sized Brussels sprouts that can be cut in half and still have good surface area.
  • Olive oil – I always have olive oil in my reusable oil sprayer, it’s my go-to cooking oil. You can use any other cooking oil you prefer.
  • Seasoning – Salt and ground black pepper.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.

Helpful Tips

  • When prepping the Brussels sprouts cut off any damaged parts, loose leaves, and the base.
  • It’s not necessary to spray the air fryer basket or pre-heat the air fryer before you begin.
  • If you notice that they’re starting to brown too fast, turn the heat down by 5 degrees and continue cooking.

Stove Top Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted, add the Brussels sprouts and cook for 8 minutes, without moving them. Flip and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Season with salt and ground black pepper. Toss to coat a few times until the sprouts are evenly coated with seasoning.

Helpful Tip: Let the sprouts sit in the pan without moving them for at least 5 minutes when sautéing. This is what gives them the caramelized sear.

Cooked brussels sprouts

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Learn how to make the perfect air fryer brussels sprouts that are tender on the inside and incredibly crunchy on the outside.
4.7 from 45 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 80 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (454 g) Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a bowl. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  • Spread the Brussels sprouts evenly in the air fryer basket. Cook at 350° F (175°C) for 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cycle. At the end of cooking, taste one to make sure it’s cooked to your preferred softness. If not, cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Notes

  • When prepping the Brussels sprouts cut off any damaged parts, loose leaves, and the base.
  • It’s not necessary to spray the air fryer basket or pre-heat the air fryer before you begin.
  • If you notice that they’re starting to brown too fast, turn the heat down by 5 degrees and continue cooking.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 319mgPotassium: 443mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 856IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
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Cooking Brussels Sprouts From Frozen

If you’ve purchased frozen brussels sprouts instead of fresh, you can still cook them in the air fryer. Since they started out potentially with a higher water content, it might be possible to get them as crispy as you like.

Make sure to leave plenty of space between the sprouts in the air fryer basket. If you stack them up, it will be difficult for them to all cook at the same speed. You will also need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time. 

Cooked brussels sprouts

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

25 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  1. Loving English Mastiffs says:

    5 stars
    Made These! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I Actually have a Ninja Foodie Pro Four Air Oven/ Air Fryer – So finding Recipes that have the time and temp settings are definitely a learning curve- But on this Brussel Sprout Recipe- it Was Super Easy – I just added some Smoked Paprika and Bacon pieces (Our Family has Firm Belief that BACON Always makes everything Better- Especially Brussel Sprouts- Lol) to the – Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper mix – and IT turned out AMAZING!!! I LOVE THIS SITE – Can’t Wait To Try More Recipes on the Site!

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