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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

If you’re looking for a quick and crispy way to enjoy Brussels sprouts, the air fryer is your go-to appliance. You can have perfectly cooked Brussels sprouts in just about 15 minutes. Simple seasonings like olive oil, salt, and pepper bring out the best flavors.

Preparing Brussels sprouts in the air fryer is easy and mess-free. Trim and halve the sprouts, toss them with your favorite spices, and place them in the air fryer basket. Enjoy a delicious side dish that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This method saves time, reduces oil usage, and gives you that perfect crunch.

Give these air fryer Brussels sprouts a try, and they might just become your favorite way to cook this nutritious veggie. The air fryer not only makes them healthier but also enhances their natural taste with less effort. Enjoy!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious air fryer Brussels sprouts, you’ll need some basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brussels Sprouts: Fresh is best, but you can use frozen sprouts if they’re all you have. Just make sure to cut them in half.
  • Olive Oil: Helps get that crispy texture. You can swap this with avocado oil or vegetable oil.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Essential for seasoning. Regular table salt works too.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Adds a tangy flavor. Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar can take its place.
  • Garlic Powder: Brings a nice depth of flavor. If you have minced fresh garlic, use that instead.

You might also want to experiment with other seasonings. Here’s a small list of optional ingredients:

  • Chili Powder or Hot Sauce: For a bit of heat.
  • Parmesan Cheese: A sprinkle before serving adds a nice touch.
  • Honey: Drizzle for a sweet kick after cooking.
  • Lemon Juice: Splash some for extra freshness.

The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer
    Set your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Let it preheat for about 5 minutes.

  2. Prepare the Brussels Sprouts
    Trim the ends and outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts. If they are larger than 1-inch wide, cut them in half.

  3. Season the Sprouts
    In a mixing bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Feel free to add garlic powder or balsamic vinegar for extra flavor.

  4. Air Fry the Sprouts
    Place the seasoned Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If it’s too crowded, work in batches.

  5. Cook and Toss
    Cook for 8-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. The Brussels sprouts should be lightly browned and crispy on the edges.

  6. Check for Doneness
    Make sure the sprouts are tender inside and crispy outside. If they need more time, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  7. Serve Immediately
    Enjoy your air-fried Brussels sprouts while they’re hot and crispy. They make a great snack or side dish!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Prepping Your Brussels Sprouts

Trim the ends and halve the Brussels sprouts. If you want them softer, soak them in water for 10 minutes. Pat them dry before cooking.

Seasoning Options

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Mix them well, so every sprout gets an even coat.

Cooking Tips

  • Preheat your air fryer to the recommended temperature.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer.
  • Shake or toss them halfway through cooking for even crispiness.

Here’s a simple cooking time guide:

TemperatureCooking TimeNotes
375°F10 minutesShake midway through
380°F8-10 minutesShake midway through
400°F8 minutesShake midway through

Storing Leftovers

Let your Brussels sprouts cool completely. Place them in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Tips

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.
  • Place Brussels sprouts in a single layer.
  • Heat until they reach your desired crispiness, usually around 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy your crispy, delicious air fryer Brussels sprouts!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Garlic Parmesan: Sprinkle your Brussels sprouts with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese before air frying. It adds a deliciously savory flavor.

Spicy Buffalo: Toss your sprouts with hot sauce and a bit of melted butter. They’re a great match for any game day snack lineup.

Maple Balsamic: Drizzle with a mix of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. This sweet and tangy combo is perfect for special occasions.

Zesty Ranch: Coat your sprouts with a ranch seasoning mix. It’s a crowd-pleaser, especially for kids.

Simple Sea Salt & Pepper: Sometimes, less is more. Just a little sea salt and black pepper can be all you need for a tasty side dish.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Dips: Serve with ranch or blue cheese dip to add an extra layer of flavor.
  • Toppings: Add crumbled bacon or a handful of toasted nuts for some crunch.
  • Main Dish Pairing: These Brussels sprouts go great with grilled chicken, steak, or fish.
  • On Salads: Toss them into your favorite salad for a warm, crispy element.

You can mix and match these variations and serving ideas to create a dish that fits your taste. Enjoy experimenting!

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