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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a quick, healthy, and utterly delicious side dish to elevate your meals? Look no further than Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts. These small green vegetables become delicious bites of golden-brown goodness by using an air fryer. It is flavorful with a nice crunch to it. 

Deliciously crispy Brussels sprouts cooked to perfection using an air fryer.

Crispy Air Fryer Brussel sprouts

If you need tasty greens that get super crispy on the outside but remain tender on the inside, then this Airfried Brussel Sprouts recipe is for you. With the aid of an air fryer, the sprouts attain an irresistible crispy exterior, with a beautifully tender center.

Brussels sprouts are packed with antioxidants, fibers, and vitamins that are great for your health. It is a great side dish that is healthy, wholesome, and delicious. They also satisfy your craving for an umami taste.

The air fryer method reduces the amount of oil used, making this recipe a guilt-free and enjoyable comfort food. What’s even better? This recipe is easy to make, turning you into your family’s favorite chef in no time.

Why You Should Try It

This recipe offers several compelling reasons to give it a try:

  • Deliciousness: The air fryer’s high-speed circulation ensures even cooking and browning, resulting in a delicious blend of flavors and textures that will keep you coming back for more.
  • Nutritional Boost: Brussels sprouts are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
  • Easy Preparation: With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can whip up a gourmet-worthy side dish that pairs well with various main courses.
  • The air fryer method significantly reduces the need for excess oil, making this dish even healthier! By using the air fryer method, you will achieve a crispy, golden, and delectable result.

This takes about 30 minutes to cook. Once the outside becomes crispy and brown, you know they’re ready to be enjoyed. Pair with my Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken or Beef Brisket.

A close-up of perfectly cooked air fryer Brussels sprouts with a delightful crunch.

Ingredients for making Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  • Brussels Sprouts: The star of the show, offering a unique combination of crispiness and tenderness.
  • Olive oil: Used to coat the Brussels sprouts, adding flavor and helping them become crispy when air-fried.Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder): Enhance the taste and achieve a balanced combination of flavors.
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder): Elevate the flavor profile and create a balanced blend of flavor.
  • Lemon Zest: Adds a bright, tangy flavor to the Brussels sprouts.
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese: Adds a creamy, salty element as a topping for extra flavor. This is optional, however. 

How to make Airfryer Brussels Sprouts 

  • To make air fryer Brussels sprouts, preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for 5 minutes. 
  • Trim the ends of Brussels sprouts, cut them in half, and mix with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, lemon zest, and garlic. 
  • Add the sprouts to the air fryer, leaving space between them. Cook for 15 minutes, shaking the basket or stirring the sprouts halfway through. 
  • Test for doneness and cook for 2-5 more minutes if needed. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and serve as a side dish or snack.

What to serve with Air Fried Brussels Sprouts 

Brussels sprouts cooked in an air fryer make a great side dish to pair with many main courses. Some examples include:

  1. Salmon: Enjoy the crispy Brussels sprouts with roasted salmon for a balanced meal. 
  2. Roast Chicken: Serve them next to roast chicken to add a crunchy and healthy touch to your already delicious dinner.
  3. Pasta: Mix them into your pasta dish, whether it’s a creamy Alfredo or a light lemon pasta, to give a nice crunch.
  4. Steak: Have them with a juicy steak to create a meal with different textures and flavors.
  5. Vegetarians are not left out. Pair with dishes like Spicy Braised Tofu.
  6. Sandwiches/Wraps: Include them in wraps or sandwiches to add extra flavor and crunch. 
  7. Meatballs: Pair for delicious combined flavors. 
A bowl of air-fried Brussels sprouts, showcasing their irresistible crispy texture

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook Brussels sprouts in the air fryer?

Cooking times can vary, but usually, it takes around 12-15 minutes at a temperature of about 190°C. Monitor them and adjust them based on your air fryer and how you like them cooked.

How can I keep my Airfryer Brussels Sprouts from becoming too dry?

Coating the Brussels sprouts with a little olive oil before cooking helps keep them moist. Be cautious not to cook them for too long, as they could end up dry.

Can I use different seasonings?

Absolutely! Feel free to try out your favorite seasonings like garlic powder, paprika, or herbs for extra taste.

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

Of course! You can make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, use the air fryer for a few minutes to get back that crispy texture.

What if my Brussels sprouts aren’t crispy?

If they’re not crispy enough, you might need to adjust the cooking time or temperature. You can also pat them dry before putting on seasonings to remove excess moisture.

Can I use a different type of oil?

Yes, you can use other oils like avocado or canola oil if you like. Just ensure the oil can handle high temperatures.

Are Brussels sprouts still good for you when air fried?

Air frying uses less oil compared to deep frying, which makes them a healthier choice. Remember to watch your portion size for a balanced meal.


Store: Air-fried Brussels sprouts can be stored as leftovers. Allow them to cool down to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container and storing them in the refrigerator. They can last for 3 to 4 days. 

Reheat: You can use the air fryer for a few minutes to restore their crispy texture, or you can use the microwave if you don’t mind them being slightly less crispy. Just make sure to reheat them gently to prevent them from overcooking. 

Tips to note when trying out Airfryer Brussels sprouts 

  • Uniform Sizing: To ensure even cooking, choose Brussels sprouts of similar size.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Shake it Up: Shake the basket during cooking to ensure all sides are evenly crisped.
  • Serve the Brussels sprouts soon after cooking to enjoy their crispy texture.

Equipments you will need

  • Air Fryer: This is the main tool you’ll need.
  • Knife: To dice the Brussels sprouts and cut them into halves.
  • Cutting Board: To provide a clean and safe surface for cutting the Brussels sprouts.
  • Bowl: To cover the Brussels sprouts with olive oil and seasonings, ensuring they’re evenly coated.
  • Measuring Spoons: To accurately measure the ingredients like olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Grater: If you plan to add grated Parmesan cheese as a garnish, a grater will be useful. Freshly Grated Parmesan cheese is best. 
  • Fork or Tongs: For checking the doneness of the Brussels sprouts and for stirring them during cooking
A close-up of perfectly cooked air fryer Brussels sprouts with a delightful crunch.

Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a healthy and tasty snack or side for dinner, look no further than my air fryer Brussels Sprouts. It is flavorful with a nice crunch to it.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 90kcal


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon Zest
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic Vinegar
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese optional for garnish


  • First, preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • While the air fryer is heating, trim the ends off the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellow or brown outer leaves. Cut each sprout in half.
  • In a large bowl, mix the halved Brussels sprouts with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, lemon zest, minced garlic, and balsamic Vinegar. Ensure all sprouts are evenly coated.
  • Once the air fryer is preheated, add the Brussels sprouts to the tray or basket, leaving some space between them for proper air circulation. Depending on the size of your fryer, you may need to cook in batches.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes, shaking the basket or stirring the sprouts halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Use a fork to test a sprout for doneness; it should be tender and the outsides nicely browned and crispy. If needed, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from the air fryer, garnish with optional Parmesan cheese, and serve as a side dish or enjoy as a healthy snack.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.3g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 1.1mg | Sodium: 342.1mg | Potassium: 452.9mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 3.1g | Vitamin A: 866.7IU | Vitamin C: 96.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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