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If I could love Brussel Sprouts ANY MORE it would be because of this easy little recipe for air fryer brussels sprouts. And if you think you don’t like crispy brussels sprouts, try them this way before you give up on them for good. Everyone who tries these admits they’re fantastic.
The absolute best way to cook Brussels sprouts is by roasting them in the air fryer! Start with frozen brussels sprouts, toss them with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast them up. The outside gets crispy and crunchy while the inside cooks up to be temptingly soft. Together in one bite, it’s almost too good to be true!
A Simple Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe
I’ve kept this recipe deliberately simple because it’s how my sons always enjoyed them as kids. In fact, they used to cry when the last crispy sprouts were gone and they didn’t get any more. I used to make 2-3 bags at a time so we would have enough for everyone to be happy! How’s that for a ringing endorsement??
Love your spices or other flavors?? ADD THEM! You can use chili powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, or even red pepper flakes. Or try sprinkling them with parmesan cheese or drizzling them with a balsamic glaze, maple syrup, or even just with balsamic vinegar before roasting.
What do I need to make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts?
- frozen brussels sprouts
Tools for roasting brussel sprouts
- An Air Fryer-This recipe was tested and made on a Cosori MAX XL 5.8 Basket Air Fryer you can see what this looks like in the recipe card
- wooden spoon
- medium bowl
How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer
There is NOTHING easier to make in the air fryer either. I mean start you START with frozen sprouts still in the bag. You don’t need to clean or wash these sprouts, they’re ready to cook! I used Kroger Brand frozen sprouts but feel free to use different brands from any store.
If you need to use fresh Brussels sprouts you will need to wash and trim them before you start the recipe. To trim brussels sprouts cut off the stem so it’s almost flush with the sprout. Then remove any outer leaves as well. If your fresh sprouts are larger sprouts then you may want to cut them in half. They’re kind of like mini cabbages in that if you cut them right through the stem they will hold together like a wedge of cabbage. Halving the size of the sprouts will ensure they cook through. But again, this recipe is really more of a frozen vegetable recipe.
With frozen sprouts prep is minimal and while they roast up you can get done whatever else you need to do. When the timer goes off you’ve some of the absolute best brussels sprouts in the world!
WHAT IF MY BRUSSELS SPROUTS COME OUT DRY?
If you don’t use enough oil on your Brussel sprouts before cooking them they can get very dry and almost dehydrated. So don’t try to cut down on the oil with these sprouts. And you can overcook them too. So don’t leave them in the air fryer any longer than you need to to cook the insides.
Easy Recipes for Air Fryer Vegetables
Our new favorite way to make any healthy vegetables is the air fryer! While we’re not on any special diet or living the low carb lifestyle a diet higher in vegetables is what we’re always aiming for. Plus using the power of hot air means you use less oil in the preparation.
Try these air fryer recipes:
These brussels sprouts also make the perfect side dish for this Cheeseburger Meatloaf or this Salisbury Steak Recipe! With their quick cook time and easy preparation, they’re versatile and a great way to make a weeknight dinner side dish with little to no work.
If you have leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer as desired. OR add them to any salad you’re having for dinner, they make a fantastic addition!
Serve these Amazing Brussel Sprouts with…
This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf for something truly unique! This meatloaf features bacon, cheese, and crispy fried onions for a dinner everyone will love! Or make this Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak Recipe.
Easy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- 12 ounces brussel sprouts frozen
- 1 TBSP oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pinch black pepper
- preheat the air fryer on 400° for 5 minutes
- while the air fryer heats up prep the sprouts
- pour the frozen sprouts in a mixing bowl
- drizzle all over with oil
- toss to combine
- sprinkle with salt and pepper toss again
- when the air fryer is hot pour the Brussel sprouts into the basket, spread out to a single layer
- air fry at 390° for 10-15 minutes
- shake the basket every 5 minutes to crisp them up on all sides
- check for doneness at 10 minutes but they will more than likely take the full 15 minutes, when they're done they'll be soft cooked inside and the outside will be crispy, don't be afraid to cook them a little longer if they're not crispy on the outside or soft inside