Air-Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe
When you catch yourself throwing back healthy vegetables with the loss of self-control usually reserved for potato chips, you know you’ve found a keeper. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, you are pure, unbridled, crispy addiction!
Secrets to Crispy Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer
The downfall of many Brussels sprouts recipes is poor texture.
Bad boiled Brussels sprouts have caused many a food trauma. In fact, if you are convinced you don’t like them, my bet is that you were served them this way first.
Even in the oven, Brussels sprouts can turn out soggy. This happens if the pan is too crowded or the heat in the oven isn’t high enough.
This air fryer recipe avoids both pitfalls and ensures your sprouts come out alluringly crisp (not at ALL soggy!) every single time.
A cooking temperature of 375 degrees F is perfect for air frying Brussels sprouts without burning them.
Shaking the basket several times throughout will keep the air circulating so that your Brussels sprouts crisp evenly.
The best crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts! Perfect for fast healthy sides. You can customize with garlic, Parmesan, maple syrup or balsamic.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 12 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 22 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 servings
Ingredients For Air-Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe
FOR THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
⭐1 pound Brussels sprouts
⭐2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
⭐1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
⭐1/4 teaspoon black pepper
⭐3 cloves garlic thinly sliced (optional but delish!)
⭐1 tablespoon balsamic glaze or reduced balsamic vinegar
⭐Drizzle pomegranate molasses
⭐2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
⭐3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions For Air-Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe
⭐Trim off the ends of the Brussel sprouts and remove any brown outer leaves. Cut them in half from stem to end. If any are very large, cut them into quarters from stem to end so that all the pieces are fairly similar in size and cook evenly.
OPTIONAL—This step makes sure the Brussels sprouts a little more tender in the middle; that said, if you don’t mind a firmer sprout, you can skip it—I like my Brussels sprouts firm/tender inside and crispy outside, so I typically skip it—Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and cover with warm tap water. Let sit 10 minutes.
⭐Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees, according to the manufacturer’s instructions (for my air fryer, that’s 3 minutes of preheating).
⭐Drain the Brussels sprouts and with a towel, lightly pat dry. Wipe out the bowl you used for soaking, then add the
⭐Brussels sprouts back to it (if you didn’t soak the sprouts, simply place them in a large mixing bowl).
⭐Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly, then add them to your fryer basket.
⭐Cook the sprouts for 5 minutes, then slide out the basket and shake it to toss the Brussels sprouts to promote even cooking. Cook 5 additional minutes, then slide out the basket again.
⭐The Brussels sprouts should look like they are getting nice and crispy and are almost done (if not, let them cook a minute or so longer). Add the garlic cloves and toss to coat once more.
⭐Cook 2 to 4 additional minutes, checking and shaking the basket often, until the Brussels sprouts are deeply crisp.
⭐If adding toppings, transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl (or wipe out the mixing bowl you previously used) and stir in any desired toppings. Enjoy hot.
TO STORE: Refrigerate Brussels sprouts in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
TO FREEZE: The Brussels sprouts will get mushy once thawed, so I don’t recommend freezing them. If you have lots leftover, you can freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
SERVING: 1(of 4)
SATURATED FAT: 1g
VITAMIN A: 856IU
VITAMIN C: 96mg