Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Few veggies are better suited to the air fryer than Brussels sprouts. Use this quick, no-stress recipe to create delightfully flavored, ultra-crisp sprouts in just minutes!

Air fryer Brussels sprouts in a bowl.


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Air Fried Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts can get a bad reputation, especially for those with memories of mushy boiled sprouts or other less-than-desirable preparations. But they’re experiencing a renaissance in recent years, all thanks to the popularity of the humble, underrated air fryer. Try this recipe and see for yourself!

What makes Brussels sprouts in the air fryer an ideal way to cook them? 

Air fryers provide one thing over all else: incredibly crispy texture with next to no skills or work required from home cooks. Brussel sprouts benefit from this simple crunch on their exterior leaves, which protect an interior that becomes soft and flavorful. When contrasted with the delicious char and any added seasoning on the exterior, it’s a perfect contrast that requires none of the work and time of roasting. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

Simplicity is king with this recipe, allowing busy cooks to get it on the table in a reliable way while dedicating the rest of their attention to other dishes. Few ingredients are truly necessary, though it’s easy to customize and add in your favorite flavors.  

Ingredients you’ll need

For the classic preparation of these crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts, you’ll only need two ingredients beyond the sprouts themselves:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt or seasoned salt

This simple, stress-free seasoning allows the natural flavor of the sprouts to take center stage. However, this dish is highly customizable, allowing you to season your Brussels sprouts with whatever blend of herbs, spices, or other flavorings your taste buds desire.  

Air fryer Brussels sprouts ingredients on a tray.

How to air fry Brussels Sprouts

This straightforward recipe only requires a few minutes of prep before a hands-off cooking process.

  1. Wash the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose outer leaves. Cut off the stalk end, which can have a tougher texture than the rest.
Trimmed Brussels sprouts on parchment paper.
  1. Cut your sprouts into smaller pieces. Quarters or halves work fine. Larger pieces will have a more tender center, while smaller ones offer additional crunch from the higher surface area. 
  2. Check for any leaves that have come off the sprouts and remove them to prevent burning in the air fryer.
  3. Drizzle a small amount of oil on the Brussels sprouts. Season them with salt or any other desired spices and flavorings. Toss to coat them with the oil and seasoning.
Collage of Brussels sprouts cut in half and seasoned.
  1. Cook the sprouts in an air fryer preheated to 350°F for about 12 minutes. Then, raise the temperature to 400°F for the final three to five minutes for an ideally crispy exterior.
  2. Remove the cooked Brussels sprouts from the air fryer basket and serve hot.
A bowl of air fryer Brussels sprouts.

Recipe variations

As noted above, there are nearly unlimited ways to personalize this recipe to your taste. In addition to the salt or seasoned salt in the ingredients, different flavoring options include:

  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Chile powder, cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes for heat
  • Garlic powder or minced garlic
  • Onion powder
  • International spices like curry powder or allspice
  • Premade seasoning blends like Old Bay, Tajín, Za’atar, Everything seasoning, and more
  • Balsamic vinegar reduction or store-bought balsamic glaze
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey

You can even add cooked pancetta or bacon for a flavorful and filling boost. 

In addition, a quick enhancement once the crispy Brussels sprouts finish cooking can also go a long way toward turning this simple side into a high-end dining experience. Try adding finishes such as:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • A squeeze of lemon juice

What to serve with Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

These ultra-crispy yet delightfully fresh veggies are as versatile as they are delicious. Some choose to serve these Brussels sprouts on their own as a snackable appetizer, often paired with a creamy or spicy dipping sauce.

However, they also serve as an excellent side to meals involving grilled or roasted meat or fish. They can also add incredible flavor and texture to hearty salads. Truly, there’s not much these delicious Brussels sprouts don’t work well with!

How to store

In general, home cooks should try to make only as many Brussels sprouts as they expect to eat in a single sitting. Like most fried foods, their crisp texture is a major appeal. But they’ll naturally lose some of this crunch the longer it gets from cooking. 

However, storing leftovers is quick and easy. Allow the sprouts to cool to room temperature, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll last two to four days in most cases.

Generally, freezing isn’t recommended as it’ll further damage the crispy texture, often leaving a mushy result once defrosted. 

How to reheat

Once again, crisp is the goal when reheating air fryer Brussels sprouts. With this in mind, you can briefly return them to the air fryer and cook them at 350°F. Generally, this should take about three to five minutes. If the air fryer isn’t available, a similar result can be achieved using a traditional oven, though more time will be needed. 

While microwaving is fast and convenient, it typically damages the texture of the sprouts and should be avoided in most cases. 

Air fryer Brussels sprouts in a bowl and a spoon next to it.

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Air fryer Brussels sprouts in a bowl.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

You can make crispy air-fried Brussels Sprouts with this easy recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air fryer Brussel Sprouts, Air Fryer Recipes, Brussel Sprouts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 109kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or seasoned salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Wash Brussel sprouts and pat dry.
  • Remove loose leaves and cut the stem end off.
  • Quarter the Brussel sprouts.
  • Place Brussel sprouts in a bowl, drizzle oil over them. Stir to coat the Brussel Sprouts.
  • Season with either salt or seasoned salt.
  • Place cut vegetables into the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes check to see the Brussel Sprouts are tender. If they are tender (if not cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees), raise the temperature to 400 degrees, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes longer.

Conventional Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Wash Brussel sprouts, and pat dry.
  • Remove loose leaves, and cut the stem end off.
  • Cut Brussel Sprouts in half.
  • Place Brussel sprouts in a bowl, drizzle oil over them. Stir to coat the Brussel Sprouts.
  • Season with either salt or seasoned salt.
  • Add just enough oil to a baking sheet to make a very thin layer in the pan.
  • Place Brussel Sprouts cut side down.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the Brussel Sprouts are tender and brown.

Equipment

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    • Stephanie

      I have the Phillips model Air Fryer – 2.75 qt – Black. It is fairly small. There are larger ones out there. I would consider how many people you are needing to cook for at once.

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