Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Are Crispy Perfection

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Crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts are a delicious, easy-to-make veggie, perfect for busy weeknight dinners. I’m talking about a crunch that can convert even the staunchest sprout skeptics. So, are you ready to give Brussels sprouts a chance to shine at your dinner table?

Let’s be honest; these little green orbs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Maybe it’s memories of soggy, boiled sprouts that make my kids – and, okay, my husband, too – want to sprint in the opposite direction.

But when cooked right, they can be an absolute delight. The air fryer transforms these much-maligned veggies into crispy, irresistible morsels in about 15 minutes. And I drizzle them with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to give the sprouts a sweet and tangy finish.

So, if you’re up for changing how you think about Brussels sprouts and adding a quick, tasty side you can serve for a weeknight dinner or a Thanksgiving feast, you’re in the right place. Stick around for the full recipe, and a few handy tips to make your Brussels sprouts the talk of the table.

Looking for more air fryer veggie recipes for weeknight dinners? Try air fryer broccoli, air fryer carrots, air fryer green beans, and air fryer squash.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Balsamic vinegar
Ingredients for brussels sprouts in a bowl.

🥣How to Make Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  1. First, you’ll need to trim the stem end off the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Remove any brown outer leaves. If you’ve got some particularly giant ones, quarter them.
  2. Next, toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Give them a good stir to make sure they’re all coated.
  3. Spread them out in the basket and air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  4. Pull the basket out and give it a good shake. This helps all the sprouts get evenly cooked. Then cook them for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Scoop them out into a bowl. Then, drizzle them with the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
Brussels sprouts in a white bowl.
Seasoning
Brussel sprouts in an air fryer.
Before air frying
Roasted brussels sprouts in an air fryer.
After air frying

🍴Serving Ideas

  • Perfect side dish: Let’s start with the basics. You can never go wrong serving these as a side dish to your main course. The crispy outer layer and tender inside pair perfectly with a juicy steak or a roasted chicken.
  • Salad topper: Want to add a healthy vegetable to give some crunch to your salad or rice bowl? Toss these crispy Brussels sprouts on top of your favorite greens. They’re a game changer!

💭How to Store

Leftover sprouts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Just let them cool down before you put the lid on so they don’t get soggy!

Brussels sprouts on a plate with a fork.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • If your Brussels sprouts are too large, the outside will char before the inside is tender. Cut them into quarters if they are bigger than a cherry tomato.
  • Shaking the basket partway through the cooking time helps ensure even cooking and that all-important, crispy finish.
  • Switch up the seasoning if you like. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat or a generous dusting of parmesan cheese.

📝FAQ

Can I use frozen Brussels sprouts?

Absolutely! Just add a couple of extra minutes to the cooking time. There is no need to defrost – toss them in the air fryer as they are.

Why are my Brussels sprouts soggy?

Ah, the dreaded sogginess. This usually happens if you’ve overcrowded the air fryer basket. Remember, your sprouts need space so the air can circulate.

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Published By Anne
Crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts are a dish everyone will love! Turn these green balls into crispy, tantalizing bites with a sweet and tangy finish.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  • Trim the stem end off the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Remove any brown outer leaves. If you have huge ones, cut them in quarters.
    1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • Put them in a mixing bowl and drizzle the sprouts with olive oil. Then sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir.
    1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Place them in the air fryer, spreading them out in the basket. Air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Pull the basket out and shake it to redistribute the Brussels sprouts. Air fry for another 5-7 minutes until they are tender.
  • Scoop the veggies into a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Notes

  • If your Brussels sprouts are too large, the outside will char before the inside is tender. Cut them into quarters if they are larger than a cherry tomato.
  • Shaking the basket partway through the cooking time helps ensure even cooking and that all-important, crispy finish.
  • Switch up the seasoning if you like. Add a pinch of chili flakes for heat or a generous dusting of parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 856IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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