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These Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are irresistibly crispy, sweet, nutty and so easy to make! If you’re already a big fan of roasted Brussel sprouts, you’ll immediately fall in love with this air fryer recipe. It’s simple and hassle-free. Plus, cooked Brussels sprouts in the air fryer produce some of the most delicious results, with a crisp outside and tender inside.
Does it get any easier than this air fryer Brussels sprouts recipe? I think not!
This is the perfect side dish for a busy weeknight or enjoy it as a healthy midday snack that two or more can easily share.
You’ll quickly realize that these delicious Brussels sprouts are just as addictive as a bag of crunchy potato chips!
Bonus — these Brussels sprouts also make for an irresistible gluten free side!
Check out these other easy air fryer recipes that make a busy life a little easier and, not to mention, tastier! Try my crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets, delicious Air Fryer Okra, or my flavorful Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers.
Key ingredients & substitutions for Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe
- Brussels sprouts — Select some bright green fresh Brussels sprouts for this simple air fryer recipe. For the best flavor, I suggest using organic Brussels sprouts.
- Olive oil — Use extra virgin olive oil for a light and subtle taste and the perfect amount of crispness. If necessary, you may use another type of olive oil.
- Salt and pepper — Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper are my preferred seasonings for this easy air fryer recipe. However, you can use table salt and pre-ground black pepper as well.
- Garlic powder — Garlic powder adds a little kick of flavor. Brussels sprouts are already pretty packed with flavor, but a dash of garlic powder is an excellent enhancer. You could replace this ingredient with garlic flakes or fresh minced garlic cloves if you prefer.
How to make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Fried Brussels sprouts couldn’t be any easier when you use an air fryer. Just season, air fry in batches, and serve!
STEP 1 | Preheat
To get this simple fried Brussels sprouts recipe started, power up the air fryer and preheat it to 375 degrees. It should only take about 3-5 minutes, depending on the model of your air fryer.
While waiting for your air fryer to preheat, you’ll prepare the fresh Brussels sprouts.
STEP 2 | Prep the Brussels sprouts
All you need to do is rinse the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose leaves. Next, dry with paper towels and trim the ends.
Then, cut the larger sprouts in half so they cook evenly.
STEP 3 | Season
Time to toss the Brussels sprouts in the simple seasoning. First, place them in a large bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
Now sprinkle on the kosher salt, smoky garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. Use a rubber spatula to toss the mixture gently, and empty the seasoned veggies into the preheated air fryer basket.
Unless you’re cooking this dish for just one or two people, you’ll likely need to separate the seasoned Brussels sprouts into batches so that there is a single layer in the air fryer.
STEP 4 | Cook in the air fryer
Cook this delicious side dish for 5 minutes, then shake the basket to prevent the air fryer Brussels sprouts from sticking to the bottom and overcooking on one side.
Continue cooking another 5 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are a nice golden brown and crispy on the outside!
STEP 5 | And serve!
You can serve your air fryer Brussels as is, with just the basic seasonings of salt and pepper.
Or, if desired, toss the cooked Brussels sprouts with two tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, honey, or balsamic vinegar. And that’s it!
Frequently asked questions
Using frozen Brussels sprouts should work just fine. I have some tips to ensure the recipe is as delicious as it should be. First, be sure not to overcrowd your single layer of Brussels sprouts in the air fryer basket. You’ll also want to check on your dish and add some extra cooking time if necessary.
Some prefer their Brussels sprouts al dente, while others desire a softer center. To ensure the centers come out as tender as you’d like, you can soak them in water for about 10 minutes before tossing them in the seasonings and placing them in the air fryer.
Remember to drain and dry the veggies, too.
Absolutely! You can store leftovers or save the recipe for later by placing it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze it for three months. However, I must add that freezing Brussels can end in a soggy and undesired result. Refrigerating your leftovers is best.
As suggested, you can toss your cooked Brussels sprouts in grated parmesan cheese, honey, or balsamic vinegar for additional flavor.
Or, change it up and sprinkle the air-fried Brussels with crumbled bacon, red pepper flakes, or feta cheese. Sounds good, right?
What’s great about these Brussels is that they are so easy and quick to make! For an effortless dinner, serve them with this yummy Chicken Dijon recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Behind the recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Have you not yet jumped on the air fryer recipes bandwagon? While I can understand those who aren’t interested in adding another appliance to their kitchen, I think the air fryer is 100% worth it!
Here are some of the awesome advantages of this device:
- Much like a convection oven, the air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air, producing some of the crispest results in little time.
- Air fryers are an excellent alternative to food that are typically deep-fried. Beloved dishes, like French fries and mozzarella sticks are never healthier than when made with an air fryer.
- The air fryer preheats much quicker than a convection oven, making it ideal for quick weeknight meals, afternoon snacks, or lunch breaks.
Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts rinsed, dried, and trimmed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Rinse the Brussels sprouts removing any loose leaves, and dry with paper towels Trim the ends and cut larger sprouts in half.
- Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use a rubber spatula to toss gently, then empty into the preheated air fryer basket. If needed, cook in batches so that there is a single layer in the air fryer.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then shake the basket. Continue cooking another 5 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown and crispy on the outside
- If desired, toss the cooked Brussels sprouts with two tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, honey, or balsamic vinegar.
About Sheila Thigpen
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.