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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts: A Modern Twist On A Classic Veggie

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: January 25, 2024

Due to their distinct flavour, Brussels sprouts, often a divisive vegetable, have found a new lease on life thanks to the air fryer. Gone are the days of over-boiled, mushy sprouts. With the air fryer, these little green gems transform into crispy, flavourful delights that even the most sceptical might find hard to resist.

Let’s explore how to elevate Brussels sprouts to a dish that’s nutritious and incredibly delicious.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
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PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
COURSE Side Dish, Snacks, Vegan & Vegetarian
CALORIES 248 kcal


  • Measuring spoons (for oil and seasonings)
  • Silicone or wooden spatula (for tossing)
  • Serving Dish


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic glaze, optional


  • Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (193°C).
  • In a large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the sprouts are crispy and golden brown.
  • If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.
Chefs Tips
  1. Choose Fresh Sprouts: For the best results, select fresh Brussels sprouts that are firm to the touch and free from yellowing leaves.
  2. Uniform Size: Ensure that the Brussels sprouts are halved or quartered to a uniform size. This promotes even cooking and ensures that all pieces achieve the desired crispiness.
  3. Don’t Skimp on Seasoning: While the air fryer does wonders for texture, flavor is crucial. Don’t be afraid to season generously. Consider adding flavors like garlic powder, smoked paprika, or even a sprinkle of Parmesan for an extra kick.
  4. Shake and Monitor: Halfway through the cooking process, give the air fryer basket a good shake to ensure even crisping. Since Brussels sprouts can go from perfectly crispy to slightly charred quickly, it’s essential to monitor them closely, especially towards the end of the cooking time.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 248kcalFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 0.3mgCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.2mg
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Summing Up

Air Fryer Crispy Brussels Sprouts testify to how modern cooking techniques can transform classic ingredients. The air fryer takes a vegetable often met with mixed reviews and turns it into a crispy, flavourful side dish that pairs well with various main courses. Whether you’re a long-time Brussels sprouts lover or a cautious newbie, this method will impress. You can turn this humble vegetable into a star on your dining table with the right tips and a dash of culinary creativity.

So, embrace the air fryer revolution and give those Brussels sprouts the crispy makeover they deserve!

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