Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

I was a Brussels Sprout lover a long time before this recipe. One of my signature dishes is sprouts with bacon. But this Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe right here just upped my brussels game.

overhead of air fried brussels sprouts with coarse salt


 

Fried Brussels Sprouts

I’m sure you’ve been out to eat and had fried Brussels Sprouts. Sometimes referred to as a quick fry or flash fry- they only require a quick dunk to get a crunchy texture.

A few leaves fall off and might even burn a little.

brussels sprouts in an air fryer basket

Then it is topped with sauce or maybe even tossed in buffalo sauce and generously seasoned with salt and pepper.

Now you can make them at home! And healthier! Not that I am on a health kick or anything, don’t get worried.

brussels sprouts on a spoon

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts combine the deliciousness and crispy of deep fat frying but without all the mess (or calories) of oil.

Only 1 tablespoon of oil olive does the trick for about 3 cups of sprouts.

olive oil pouring onto fresh brussels sprouts

The trick is to make sure they are uniform size and to shake them half way through. That is it. Easy!

How to Make Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

First, you’ll want to prep the Brussels Sprouts. As noted, the key is to make them a uniform size for even frying. Here is my cheat sheet:

  • 1 inch or smaller- leave whole
  • 1 inch diameter- cut in half
  • and 1 inch+ cut into thirds or quarters
brussel sprouts chopped in half

Trim the nubby ends and then slice. No worries if a few leaves fall off. These happen to be my favorite part.

Toss cut sprouts with olive oil and toss them in the basket.

Cook for about 12-13 minutes, shaking once, then remove and season. SO EASY!

crispy brussels sprouts in an air fryer basket

Many recipes call for seasoning before cooking, but I find that pepper tends to burn and salt gets lost in the mix, so I prefer to season mine after.

Fresh vs Frozen

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this recipe doesn’t work with frozen Brussels sprouts.

bowl of cut brussel sprouts

Of course they will cook, but since frozen retains so much more water, not all of it will evaporate and you’ll have mushy sprouts.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Toppings

To get the most crispy air fryer brussels sprouts you’ll want to season and sauce after they are fried. Things like butter and dried herbs will burn in the Air Fryer.

crispy sprouts in a serving dish

To be honest, the majority of the time I eat them plain. They are that darn good!

Some of my favorites are:

spooning balsamic sauce over brussels sprouts
Pictured with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

5 from 8 votes
Perfectly crispy and made with only 3 ingredients, these EASY Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are the perfect side dish for any meal or holiday!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 370-380 degrees.
  • Toss Brussels Sprouts in olive oil to coat using the least possible amount.
  • Transfer sprouts to Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook for 13 minutes, shaking halfway through.
  • Remove and serve with your favorite sauce or seasoning.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

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Notes

  • 1 inch or smaller- leave whole
  • 1 inch diameter- cut in half
  • 1 inch+ cut into thirds or quarters

Nutrition

Calories: 59 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 17 mg, Potassium: 257 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 498 IU, Vitamin C: 56 mg, Calcium: 28 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 59
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer brussels sprouts, crispy brussels sprouts
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close up of air fryer brussels sprouts
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. My daughter was just telling me how delicious brussels are made in the air fryer. Your photos prove her point. They look perfect.

    1. You’ll love them! Even non brussels lovers tend to think they are pretty good. Let us know when you do!

  2. 5 stars
    I was looking for a new brussels sprouts recipe to try, and here it is! Fantastic images, and the steps sound so easy to follow!

  3. Oh yum! These look great for Thanksgiving, and I’ve been meaning to break out my air fryer. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    I love using my air fryer, but I’ve never done sprouts in them before. This recipe looks easy and those pictures make me drool, so I’m going to try them! I bet they’ll be delish!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been on the fence about buying an air fryer for so long but just seeing how amazing these brussel sprouts look has convinced me to buy one! Saving this recipe to try when it comes in!