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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

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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.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

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.

So time to show you how you can air fry Brussel sprouts – much faster than oven-roasted Brussel sprouts for a busy healthy dinner idea during the week.

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.

Ingredients

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
  • Paprika

Preparation

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.

Making Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

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.

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
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Best Meals To Pair With Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are best paired on the side of a high-protein meal like:

Storage Instructions

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.

More Air Fryer Recipes

Below are some more healthy air fryer recipes for you to try next time:

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

6.2gNet Carbs
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.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (100g each/3.5oz)
Serving Size: 1 serving
5 from 219 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon Ground Pepper
This recipe may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Instructions

  • Trim the feet of the Brussels sprouts, discard them, then cut the sprouts in half. If some outer leaves fall off, keep them to make Brussel sprout chips later.
  • Slightly oil the air fryer basket before starting. Preheat the air fryer to 395°F (200°C) for 5 minutes before adding the Brussel sprouts halves.
  • Place the sprout halves in a large bowl, and drizzle olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat evenly.
  • Place the sprout halves in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 395°F (200C) for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway. Insert a knife in the center to check the texture if too hard keep air frying in extra 1-minute bursts.
  • Serve as a main or side dish with a pinch of fresh parmesan or chili flakes.

Storage

  • Store leftover in the fridge in an airtight container and rewarm in the air fryer the next day at 150°C (300°F) for 3-5 minutes.
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Serving Size: 1 serving
Yield: 4 servings (100g each/3.5oz)
Serving: 1servingCalories: 97.1kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 10.6g (4%)Fiber: 4.4g (18%)Net Carbs: 6.2gProtein: 3.9g (8%)Fat: 5.6g (9%)Saturated Fat: 0.8g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.9gSodium: 174.2mg (8%)Potassium: 451.2mg (13%)Sugar: 2.5g (3%)Vitamin A: 978.5IU (20%)Vitamin C: 96.4mg (117%)Calcium: 49.2mg (5%)Iron: 1.7mg (9%)Magnesium: 26.9mg (7%)Zinc: 0.5mg (3%)
Carine Claudepierre

About The Author

Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

Browse all my recipes with my Recipe Index.

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