Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
These Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are the most delicious crispy bites to serve as a light side dish or healthy dinner.
Plus, they are keto friendly and vegan, made with 6 simple ingredients.
You know by now how much I love air fryer recipes and last time I shared with you my Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts Chips Recipe.
Plus, Brussel sprouts are fantastic low-carb vegetables and perfect as a low-calorie healthy keto side dish to any meat or seafood.
Why Is Cooking In An Air Fryer Better?
The main difference between an air fryer and a regular oven is that the fan makes the heat circulate in a very precise and controlled way.
This air circulation combined with their size smaller than an oven and the use of a wire basket makes air fryers much faster at cooking the food than a classic oven, even when using the fan-forced mode.
So cooking in an air fryer is much faster than in an oven. But is it healthier?
Air Frying is definitely healthier than deep frying for obvious reasons. The comparison with regular ovens is more balanced.
You would typically use about less oil with air fryer recipes, making them marginally healthier than the equivalent oven-baked recipes.
How To Cook Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer
It’s super easy to cook your Brussel sprouts in the air fryer.
There are only a few ingredients needed and a few tips to make them crispy every time.
First, let’s see the ingredients you need to make these crispy air fried Brussel sprouts
- Brussel Sprouts – The trick is to trim and cut the Brussel Sprouts in half vertically. Read my full guide on how to cut Brussels Sprouts.
- Olive Oil or avocado oil – You need to use an oil with a high smoke point oil to avoid smoke and deliver the best texture and crispiness.
- Salt and Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
First, trim the Brussel sprouts, discard feet and cut halfway as seen in the picture below. Or pick one of the two ways to do so in my Brussels sprout cutting guide.
If some outer shells fall out, keep these to make Brussel Sprout Chips later.
Place the Brussels sprout halves in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil on top, crushed garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Stir to combine then place the Brussel sprouts in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
Air fry for 5 minutes in the air fryer preheated to 395°F (200°C). Open and shake the basket to evenly rotate the sprouts.
Return for 5 more minutes in the air fryer.
Check the texture by inserting a toothpick or knife in the center of the vegetables to check their tenderness.
It should go through easily but still be firm and golden brown on the outside.
If needed keep air frying for an extra 2 to 5 minutes until it reaches your favorite texture.
Serving Cooked Brussel Sprouts
You can eat this side dish straight out from the air fryer, with no add-ons, or play with flavors by adding sauce or herbs and spices as suggested below.
Serving With Sauce
Now you can play with flavor and some add-ons on top of the air-fried Brussel sprouts.
- Asian Flavors – Cook my 3-ingredient stir fry sauce and drizzle on top.
- Italian Flavors – Add Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction on top of the warm sprouts.
- Creamy Sauce – You can smother the cooked Brussel sprouts in Keto Alfredo Sauce or Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce or dip them in keto ranch dressing.
- BBQ Style – Drizzle my 3-ingredient BBQ sauce on top.
- Indian Flavors – Add a pinch of turmeric, curry powder, or Garam masala on top.
Serving With Herbs And Flavors
You can also just add a pinch of the following on top of the cooked vegetables to keep it flavorsome and simple:
- Freshly Chopped Parsley or Basil.
- Chili Flakes
- Spring Onions
- Bagel Seasonings
Best Meals To Pair With Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts are best paired on the side of a high-protein meal like:
- Cast-Iron Chicken Breast
- Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders
- Almond Flour Chicken Tenders
- Keto Chicken Nuggets
- Steak Marinated in my 3-Ingredient Steak Marinade and cooked at your desired Steak Cooking Levels.
You can store the air-fried Brussel sprouts in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze leftovers for later and thaw them in the fridge the day before.
The next day, it’s easy to rewarm in the microwave or preheated air fryer at 325°F (160°C).
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to your most popular questions about Brussel sprouts cooked in the air fryer.
How Long Should I Cook Brussel Sprouts In An Air Fryer?
As a general rule, you need to air fry halved Brussel sprouts for 10 to 15 minutes at 395°F (200°C). The timing depends on:
- Preheating – if you preheat the air fryer you can shorten the time by 2 to 3 minutes.
- Texture you expect – for a crispy texture, harder in the center, 12 minutes is the ideal cooking time. For a softer center, air fry a little bit longer up to 15 minutes.
Can I Cook Frozen Brussel Sprouts In An Air Fryer?
You can use this recipe for cooking frozen Brussel sprouts in the air fryer, and you only need to thaw the vegetables before coating them with olive oil and spices.
However, keep in mind that frozen vegetables cooked in the air fryer are never as crispy as fresh vegetables. They always stay a little soft, mushy, and watery.
Can I Use A Different Oil?
Yes, any high-smoke point oil is great in the air fryer including avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
Did you try to cook Brussel sprouts in your air fryer and love it? Share a comment or review below.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
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