A delicious side dish of crispy Brussels sprouts made in the air fryer. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect side dish or snack.

Roasted Air Fryer Brussels sprouts in a white bowl

Brussels sprouts were never my favorite veggie. In fact, we do not have Brussels sprouts in India. They were never grown there. After moving to the US, it took me a while to start eating them. Even then, I was not sure how to cook them.

But now, after multiple tries, the best way I like them is fried or baked when they become crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. That said, fried food is not the healthiest choice, and I tend to avoid frying.

However, since I got my Instant Vortex Air Fryer, these have become a staple snack in our house. I have also been trying to reduce carbs and gluten in our diet, so these become an ideal choice. They are also Keto, Whole30, and Paleo diet friendly.

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and see what I found. They were selling a stalk of Brussels sprouts. I instantly bought them as I am sure many people have never seen them. Today, we will use these and make Amazing Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts on the stalk air fryer

You can also try our other favorites – Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Indian Brussels Sprouts Curry.

Ingredients

  • Brussels Sprouts: If you can find a fresh stalk, get that or use brussels sprouts in a pack from the produce section. I prefer fresh ones for the crispy final dish.
  • Olive Oil: Makes the Brussels sprouts crispy! Just a little olive oil or avocado oil works well.
  • Seasoning: I add garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: This is optional but adds a wonderful flavor to the dish.

How to make Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer?

Firstly, if you find a stalk of Brussels sprouts, then remove them from the stalk. You don’t need a knife, just push them downwards with your fingers, and they should pop out.

I usually find them in a bag at the grocery store, which is great. Some people have asked if they can use frozen ones. However, I recommend using fresh ones for the best crispy taste.

Rinse them with water to clean them, and pat them dry with a paper towel. I used about 10 sprouts for this recipe (about 7-8 oz). Cut the bottom stem, then cut each Brussels sprout in half.

seasoned Brussels sprouts in the air fryer

Toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and garlic powder.  Garlic powder and balsamic vinegar are certainly optional, but we love the taste and the balsamic glaze. If you like them spicy, add some red chili flakes.

Air fry them at 360°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly browned on the outside. Shake them halfway through.

roasted Brussels sprouts in the air fryer

How to roast Brussels Sprouts in the oven? 

Follow the same process to mix the Brussels sprouts with olive oil and seasoning. Spread them on a baking tray. Bake in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the sprouts.

roasted Brussels sprouts in a sheet pan

Enjoy the Brussels Sprouts 

Drizzle some lime juice. Enjoy as is or with a dip of my garlic yogurt sauce. They are divine, adjust so addictive!!

Tips for perfect Air Fryer Brussels sprouts

  • If you can, buy similar-sized Brussels sprouts so they all cook evenly.
  • You want the Brussels sprouts in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • If you are doubling the recipe, then cook in multiple batches. Note that the air fryer is already heated with the first batch, so the second batch will cook quickly.
Roasted Air Fryer Brussels sprouts in a white bowl topped with parmesan

Variations

  1. Toss them in buffalo sauce or sweet sriracha. I have had these at BJ’s restaurant, and they are awesome.
  2. Add Parmesan and breadcrumbs with the olive oil before cooking. Or sprinkle some parmesan on the top before serving. 
  3. Add feta cheese to the cooked, crispy Brussels sprouts for a Greek variation.
  4. Drizzle a teaspoon of honey on the cooked Brussels sprouts and toss them well.

If you love roasting veggies in the air fryer, check out this collection for 25+ Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes.

Common Questions

Can I air fryer frozen Brussels Sprouts?

Yes, you can air fry frozen Brussels sprouts. When cooking from frozen, you won’t be able to cut them, so I prefer to use petite Brussels sprouts. Spread them in the air fryer basket, cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, and set the temperature to 380°F. This will allow the excess moisture to evaporate.

How to store leftover air-fried Brussels sprouts?

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in the air fryer and heat for 2-3 minutes at 380°F. I don’t recommend freezing these Brussels sprouts.

Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar in a white bowl
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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

A delicious side dish of crispy air fryer brussels sprouts. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect side dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Rinse brussels sprouts with water to clean and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  • Cut the bottom stem, then cut each brussels sprout in half. Place them in a bowl. 
  • Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and balsamic vinegar. Transfer them to air fryer basket. 
    seasoned Brussels sprouts in the air fryer
  • Air fry them at 360°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly browned. Shake them half way through.
    roasted Brussels sprouts in the air fryer
  • Brussels sprouts are ready. Remove in a serving plate and drizzle with some lime juice. Enjoy as is or with a dip of garlic thyme mayonnaise. 
    Roasted Air Fryer Brussels sprouts in a white bowl

Oven Method

  • Bake in oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. 
    oven roasted Brussels sprouts

Video

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Notes

Tips
  • If you can, buy similar-sized Brussels sprouts so they all cook evenly.
  • You want the Brussels sprouts to be in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • If you are doubling the recipe, then cook in multiple batches. Note that as the air fryer is already heated with the first batch, the second batch will cook quickly.
Frozen Brussels sprouts: When cooking from frozen, you won’t be able to cut them, so I prefer to use petite Brussels sprouts. Spread them in the air fryer basket, cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, and set the temperature to 380°F. This will allow the excess moisture to evaporate.
Variations:
  1. Toss them in buffalo sauce. I have had these at BJ’s, and they are awesome.
  2. Add parmesan and breadcrumbs with the olive oil before cooking. Or just sprinkle some parmesan on the top before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 104gCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 320mgPotassium: 441mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. I need more recipes like this in my back pocket for when it’s a crazy night and we have no groceries and i don’t know what else to make.