Air Fryer Brussels sprouts are incredibly crispy and well browned on the outside, perfectly cooked through and tender on the inside, and ready in 15 minutes!
Recently I shared my first Air Fryer recipe here on the blog, Air Fryer pork chops.
I’ve been using mine about weekly for a while now and have so many more recipes I’m getting ready for you!
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Today though, it’s one of my favorite veggies now prepared in one of my new favorite ways.
Air Fryer Brussels sprouts are simply amazing, y’all.
They get incredibly crispy and well browned on the outside, perfectly cooked through and tender on the inside, and there’s just a bit of oil needed. Plus no pan frying trouble or mess.
You also don’t need to bother heating up the oven. That’s gonna come in handy as summer weather starts to roll in here in the South.
Plus, these take just 15 minutes in the Air Fryer, so it’s much faster than roasting.
But really, it’s that perfectly crispy finish and the delicious flavor that will have you making Brussels sprouts this way from now on. I know I am.
Such good eats. 😋
(You might also want to check out these Air Fryer cauliflower and Air Fryer broccoli for more veggie love. They are also so addictive! Or try these breaded Air Fryer Zucchini Fries for an appetizer – so crunchy!)
Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up below on how to make Air Fryer Brussels sprouts. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
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Notes on Air Fryer Brussels sprouts:
- The Brussels sprouts should be in an even layer in the air fryer. It’s OK if they aren’t all completely flat on the bottom though. You’ll shake them halfway through the cook time and they’ll all get well browned and crisp.
- The recipe calls for a scant 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. You’ll want to use between 1/3 and 1/2 teaspoon to get these well seasoned but not overly salted.
- Feel free to substitute some red pepper flakes for the black pepper for a bit of heat.
- Read on below for other seasoning options if you want to switch up the flavor.
By the way, this is the Air Fryer I have, and I have loved it. It’s so easy to use, and to clean up too!
Also, I get questions about this and definitely struggled with this when I first started cooking, so I wanted to give you some pointers on getting your sprouts prepped.
Tips on how to prep Brussels sprouts:
– First, you’ll need to rinse your Brussels sprouts.
– Next, use a small, sharp knife, such as a pairing knife, and cut off the bottom brown hard core from each Brussel sprout.
– You’ll also want to peel off the outer surface leaves and discard those as well. You shouldn’t see any discolored or torn leaves now.
– Use a little triangle cut at the bottom of each sprout to remove part of the inner hard core (it’s light green/white). This is optional, but more important if you have larger sprouts with a tougher core.
Now you are ready to cook!
As mentioned, you can use this same method for air frying but change up the seasoning for these Brussels sprouts. Salt and pepper will stay the same but you can bring in plenty of other flavors.
Here’s a few other ideas to get you started, but the sky is the limit.
Seasoning ideas for Air Fryer Brussels sprouts:
– Garlic lovers, add 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder to the mix.
– Skip the onion powder and/or add some paprika, about 1/4 teaspoon.
– Use a Cajun seasoning mix in place of the salt, pepper and onion powder.
– Add a dash of ground nutmeg for a little depth and warmth.
Alright then, let’s eat!
If you want to round out your meal, you can serve these with some roasted salmon or skillet or baked pork chops. Garlic butter pork chops with lemon and Ranch seasoned pork chops are both simple and delicious.
Even just some grilled or baked chicken breasts would be good here.
For other sides, add some roasted sweet potatoes, microwave baked potatoes, or steamed rice or farro.
I hope you give these a try for a delicious, fast and crispy Brussels sprouts side dish soon. You’ll be a convert too.
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 375 (if yours requires preheating).
- Toss the cleaned and trimmed Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper and onion powder to coat evenly.
- Place the Brussels sprouts in the Air Fryer tray in an even layer. Cook at 375 for 15 minutes, pausing to shake the tray halfway through to help the Brussels sprouts cook evenly.
- Serve immediately.
The Brussels sprouts should be in an even layer in the air fryer. It’s OK if they aren’t all completely flat on the bottom though. You’ll shake them halfway through the cook time and they’ll all get well browned and crisp.
The recipe calls for a scant 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. You’ll want to use between 1/3 and 1/2 teaspoon to get these well seasoned but not overly salted.
Feel free to substitute some red pepper flakes for the black pepper for a bit of heat.
Here are some ideas for alternate/additional seasonings if you want to change up the flavor:
- Garlic lovers, add 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder to the mix.
- Skip the onion powder and/or add some paprika, about 1/4 teaspoon.
- Use a Cajun seasoning mix in place of the salt, pepper and onion powder.
- Add a dash of ground nutmeg for a little depth and warmth.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g