These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts have a crispy exterior and tender interior with a nutty and mildly sweet taste. This cooking technique combines satisfying crunchiness with the natural flavors of brussels sprouts, making them a delicious and customizable side dish. Oven instructions included!
Easy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Making brussels sprouts in an air fryer results in the outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts become pleasantly crispy, offering a satisfying crunch similar to that of roasted vegetables. Despite the crispiness on the outside, the inside of the Brussels sprouts remains tender and cooked through. This contrast in textures adds to the overall enjoyment. Air-fried Brussels sprouts are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. The air fryer helps achieve that perfect balance of crispy texture and tender insides. Feel free to customize the seasonings to suit your taste preferences! How to make simple Brussels Sprouts in an air fryer:
- Brussels Sprouts – You can use fresh trimmed brussels sprouts or frozen brussels sprouts. If frozen, they should be thawed.
- Seasonings – Salt, black pepper, granulated garlic and white sugar.
- Oil – Olive oil for drizzling.
- Balsamic Vinegar OR Teriyaki Sauce.
How to Make the BEST Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Brussels sprouts themselves have a slightly nutty and mildly sweet flavor. Air frying intensifies these natural flavors and caramelizes the outer layers, enhancing their taste. With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to creating delicious and crispy air-fried Brussels sprouts. Enjoy experimenting and finding the perfect combination for your personal taste!
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts: One pound fresh or frozen brussels sprouts, garlic salt and black pepper, granulated garlic, balsamic vinegar or teriyaki sauce, olive oil.
- Kitchen tools you’ll need: Air Fryer, medium bowl, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and chopping board.
- When using frozen Brussels sprouts that are coated in ice, it’s imperative that you thaw them before air frying. This helps prevent excess moisture and ensures even cooking. Pat them dry with paper towels, if needed.
- When using fresh brussel sprouts try to choose Brussels sprouts that are of similar size. This ensures uniform cooking and prevents some sprouts from being undercooked while others are overcooked.
- Sugar helps to balance the flavor and char the brussels sprouts.
- Keep them moving! Shake or toss the air fryer basket or toss the Brussels sprouts with tongs halfway through cooking so they’ll not only cook evenly but for even browning on all sides.
- Don’t Overcrowd the Basket: Make sure to arrange the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and less crispy results.
- You can adjust the seasonings and experiment with different seasonings that you enjoy. Try adding crushed chili flakes for added heat and to enhance the flavor.
- Check them. Keep an eye on the Brussels sprouts as they cook. Depending on your air fryer’s
efficiency, they might cook faster than expected. Test for Crispiness: If you’re uncertain whether the Brussels sprouts are crispy enough, you can remove one and test its texture before deciding to cook them further.
- Preheat the air fryer for optimal crispiness. Preheating the air fryer helps achieve a crispier texture. Don’t skip this step unless your air fryer is a multi function air fryer in that instance, follow the manufacturers recommendation.
- Experiment: Don’t hesitate to play around with different cooking times and temperatures based on your air fryer model and personal preference.
- You can also bake brussels sprouts in the oven. See the Cook’s note in the recipe card for instructions.
- Air-fried Brussels Sprouts are best enjoyed right after cooking while they’re still hot and crispy. Should you have any leftover, store them chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat in your air fryer.
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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- 1 lb fresh or frozen brussel sprouts, halved (if frozen, thawed)
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar OR teriyaki sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt or plain salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- shredded or grated Parmesan cheese for garnishing
- Preheat the Air Fryer 375°F (190°C) for Brussels sprouts.
- Prepare the Brussels Sprouts: Trim fresh brussels sprouts and thaw if using frozen. (If your frozen Brussels sprouts are clumped together, give them a quick shake or tap to separate them. This will help them cook more evenly.)
- Place brussels sprouts in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (Teriyaki also works!) Toss to coat then season with garlic salt, black pepper granulated garlic and sugar. Toss again to coat then add additional oil, to taste.
- Arrange in air fryer basket in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding to ensure proper air circulation and even cooking. If needed, cook the brussels sprouts in batches.
- Cook the brussels sprouts at 375°F (190°C) for about 15-20 minutes stopping halfway through to shake the basket and turn for even browning.
- Test with the tip of a knife for doneness. They should be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. If you prefer them extra crispy, you can cook them for a few more minutes.
- Transfer air-fried Brussels sprouts to a serving dish. You can sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper and garnish with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large sheet pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Set aside.
- Follow the recipe for seasoning and coating brussels sprouts with olive oil.
- Arrange cut side down on the prepared sheet pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then flip. Continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes or until fork tender and lightly charred.
- You can brown further at the end of baking using the broiler.
- Serve garnished with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.