Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

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Delicious and crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts make the perfect side dish or snack without the use of the oven. With just 4 ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make these tasty Brussel sprouts in air fryer in just a few minutes.

Suitable for Gluten Free, Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, and Whole30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for quick and delicious side dishes that can steal the show. Let me introduce you to my new favorite thing! These super crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are simple and delicious. I am 101% sure that they are going to be your new favorite thing too.

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Cooking Brussel sprouts air fryer style is easy and delicious. These bite-sized beauties come out of the air fryer with a satisfyingly crispy exterior while maintaining that tender, oh-so-yummy interior.

We’re talking about air fried Brussel sprouts that practically sing with flavor and texture – it’s like they’ve undergone a delightful transformation right before our eyes.

We love air fried Brussels sprouts over here. They are perfect for weeknight dinners but think beyond the everyday meal prep. These crispy yet tender Brussels sprouts are going to be the stars of the show at your upcoming holiday feasts, perfect for Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving.

Love Air Fryer recipes? Then you’ll definitely want to try this Air Fryer Cauliflower, and delicious Air Fryer Green Beans.

So, if you’re ready to take your Brussels sprouts to a whole new level, stick around and let us guide you through the wonderful journey of making Brussels sprouts in air fryer.

With only 4 ingredients, minimal prep and less than 12 minutes of cook time, this Brussel spouts air fryer recipe is so simple to make. I even made you a video showing you just how easy they are to make.

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Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s Fail-proof – Mini cabbage Brussels sprouts get a bad rap.  Peeps, this isn’t your grandma’s Brussel sprout recipe. You know the kind that ends up overcooked and mushy with a weird taste. Nope, now that we can make Brussel sprouts in air fryer, they turn out perfect every time.
  • Great for every occasion – I enjoy these as a snack and side dish, but they’re also such a great addition to your holiday and Thanksgiving spread. No fighting over precious oven space with the family like you’ve done in years past.
  • Super Crispy – Sure, you can make Brussels sprouts in the oven, but I promise you they will not crisp up as much as they do in the air fryer. The outside of Air Fryer Brussels sprouts is nice and crunchy, and the inside stays perfectly tender. Not mushy, like when it’s overdone in the oven.
  • Kid Friendly – Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are a great way to get your family to eat their veggies. Just like with these Air Fryer Beets and these Air Fryer Baby Potatoes.

Ingredient Notes

  • Brussels Sprouts – This recipe here uses fresh vegetables, but you can also make frozen Brussel sprouts air fryer. See variations for more information.
  • Oil – Use a cooking spray or your favorite light, neutral oil. This helps crisp up your vegetables.
  • Seasonings – we are keeping it simple with salt and pepper, but you can add other stuff like Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Ready to make Crispy Brussels Sprouts? Grab your ingredients and I’ll show you how…….

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How To Make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  2. Place Brussels sprouts in a bowl and spray with calorie-controlled cooking spray or a small amount of oil. Add salt and black pepper and mix until well coated.
  3. Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry between 8-12 minutes. Shake the sprouts halfway through cooking.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Pro Tips

  • Preheat your Air Fryer before cooking for the best results.
  • Don’t core the Brussels sprouts. You will simply cut the stem end to be flat and remove any discolored leaves before cooking in the air fryer.
  • Look for sprouts that are similar in size. Larger sprouts can be halved or quartered if needed.
  • Preheat the air fryer for the best results.
  • If you have a small air fryer or have lots of sprouts, then it is best to cook these in batches so enough hot air circulates and they crisp up.
  • Shake the air fried brussel sprouts halfway through cooking.
  • Fresh Brussels sprouts will give you the best results. Although you can use frozen for this recipe I recommend using fresh.
  • Air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model, so it is important to always check your food for doneness and adjust the air frying time as needed.
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cooked Brussel Sprouts inside the air fryer basket

Delicious Variations

  • Vary the Spices – I’m a big fan of Brussels sprouts, so salt and pepper is all I need, but you can add any kind of spices you have in your pantry. Some options include garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning and more.
  • Add Some Heat – Add a little heat with cayenne, red pepper flakes or chipotle.
  • Dress it Up for the Holidays – If you’re making this dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas, add in nuts or pomegranates for that holiday taste everyone loves.
  • Add Bread Crumbs – Add in breadcrumbs halfway through cooking for some extra crunch. Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or keto breadcrumbs if you prefer.
  • Make It with bacon – Oh yes, you can make this Air Fryer Brussels sprouts recipe with bacon. All that’s needed is to simply add bacon strips in with the Brussels sprouts at the start and you are good to go. Because bacon really does make everything better.
  • Add Parmesan – Fry the Brussels sprouts as directed, take them out of the Air Fryer and sprinkle on some grated Parmesan cheese (and herbs) to your taste.
  • Top with Balsamic Vinegar – Air Fryer Brussel sprouts with Balsamic vinegar is such a great variation. Air fry the Brussels sprouts as directed in this recipe, then remove and drizzle on some balsamic vinegar and maple syrup before serving. Delectable!
  • Make Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer – Toss frozen brussel sprouts with oil and seasoning. (No need to thaw.) Air fry as directed. You may need to add a minute or two to the cooking time. Frozen sprouts will not be as crispy but they will be tasty.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Trim the brussels sprout and halve or quarter larger sprouts.
  • Store – Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Use them within 3 days.
  • Freeze – I don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the sprouts will be mushy when reheated.
  • Reheat – You can reheat leftovers in an air fryer at 350 degrees F / 180 degrees c or in an oven. 
plate of air fryer brussel sprouts with pomegranate seeds

FAQs

How to Prepare Brussels Sprouts for the Air Fryer?

The best way to prepare Brussels sprouts for the air fryer is to grab a fresh stalk of Brussels sprouts when you’re at the market. The freshest Brussel sprouts will give you the best crisp and the best flavor. Don’t be intimidated by the stalk.

You won’t need a knife to remove the Brussels sprouts from the stalk. Push them downwards, and they should pop out. Remove any loose or discolored leaves.

If buying on the stalk isn’t an option, you can find them in a bag which will work great for cooking Brussels sprouts in the air fryer.

Cut sprouts into halves lengthwise, but if they are really large, then you will want to cut each one into quarters.brussels sprouts in a bowl

Are Brussels Sprouts Nutritious?

Brussel Sprouts are nutritious. They are low in calories but high in protein. And just one serving of Brussels sprouts can give you your daily dose of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

In addition, Brussels sprouts are also rich in phytochemicals which studies have shown many help protect against cancer.

Is the Air Fryer Better than the Oven?

Folks, I think the air fryer is better than the oven because you can add Brussels sprouts in the air fryer to the guilt free eating list. Seriously.

Don’t use more than 2 tablespoons of oil in your air fryer when “frying” anything which is great for your waistline. Even better, cook using just a light spray with the program-approved cooking spray of your choice.

The air fryer uses a powerful fan to move air throughout while it cooks your food. The air fryer is quicker than the convection oven and will crisp your food faster and better than the oven..

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts?

How long to cook air fryer Brussels sprouts depends on the size of the sprouts. Bigger sized halves will need to cook longer than smaller sized ones.

I suggest cooking for 8 minutes and then testing. And then add on another few minutes at a time until they reach your desired level of doneness.

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Weight Watchers Points

When using a calorie-controlled cooking spray, a serving contains 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints.

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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) Brussels sprouts stems and any loose leaves removed, sprouts cut into halves
  • Calorie-controlled cooking spray or any light, neutral oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Place prepared Brussels sprouts into a bowl, spray with cooking spray, add salt and black pepper and mix until well coated.
  • Add Brussels sprouts to the air fryer basket and fry between 8-12 minutes, remove and shake the basket a couple of times during cooking for even crisping.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Notes

  • Don’t core the Brussels sprouts. You will simply cut the stem end to be flat and remove any discolored leaves before cooking in the air fryer.
  • Look for sprouts that are similar in size. Larger sprouts can be halved or quartered if needed.
  • Preheat the air fryer for the best results.
  • If you have a small air fryer or have lots of sprouts, then it is best to cook these in batches so enough hot air circulates and they crisp up.
  • Shake the air fried brussel sprouts halfway through cooking.
  • Fresh Brussels sprouts will give you the best results. Although you can use frozen for this recipe, I recommend using fresh.
  • Air fryer temperatures can vary depending on the make and model, so it is important to always check your food for doneness and adjust the air frying time as needed.
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
  • There are 0 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 96.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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