Light, crispy, and flaky air fryer Brussels sprouts chips are delightfully snackable and surprisingly satisfying. These chips are the snack you never knew you were missing!
Brussel Sprout Leaves Recipe
When a friend suggested using Brussels Sprouts leaves to make chips, similar to kale chips, I may have given her a slight side eye. It sounded a little crazy to me and like more work than it might be worth.
But I do love slicing Brussels Sprouts thin and making my own version of oven roasted Brussels Sprouts chips. And the crispy little bits are always the first bites gone. I figured it was at least worth a try.
The first time I tried these, my initial thought was kind of “eh” and then the second bite, and then the third… a friend and I ate the entire basketful of Brussels sprouts chips in a matter of minutes. It is borderline ridiculous how much I enjoy these!
I recommend starting with the biggest Brussels Sprouts you can find. Peel off a pile of leaves to make chips for an afternoon snack. (Yes, I hear what I’m saying. And YES, I’ve been snacking on Brussels. They’re that good.)
Depending on how much of the sprout remains, you can save the center of the sprout to make a side dish for dinner using one of these recipes.
Brussel Sprout Leaves
To make the chips, cut the stem end up a little higher than you normally would when trimming your Brussels Sprouts. Then gently peel off the outer leaves. They will flake off easily. Sometimes, I’ll give it a second trim to get a few more leaves.
When I get to the tight center or when the leaves get really small, I set aside the heart of the Brussels Sprout to use in another recipe. The tender centers are perfect for making Bow Tie Pasta with Bacon and Brussels or roasting with potatoes.
You will have a massive pile of leaves. Toss them all into the fryer basket and spritz with oil, and sprinkle on salt and pepper. They will air fry in no time at all. Don’t forget to give the basket a toss at least once while frying to get things nice and crispy.
When a food this irresistible (and good for me!) takes only minutes to make, it’s certain to be in regular lunch or snacking rotation for a while.
As a mindless snack, this sure beats a bag of potato chips. For a savory snacker like me, I could not stop eating them. The edges are super crispy and the stem has just the right bite to it yet.
Can You Eat Brussel Sprout Leaves?
The answer is “of course” you can! Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Brussels sprouts
- olive oil spray
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
I use the COSORI Air Fryer for all of my air fryer recipes. I’m partial to a square basket air fryer as I find it easier to fit more food into the basket. This is a 5.8QT air fryer, one of the largest machines I’ve found that works effectively.
My first machine (photographed in several recipes here) was a bit retro with simple knob controls and I liked it a lot. However, that machine was recalled recently and the company sent out a replacement. I like the new machine every bit as much and have linked it above.
This air fryer is surprisingly easy to clean and the two-part basket locks together (it’s literally impossible for it to detach the way some do) until you open the latch and then push the button to release it. I simply wipe down the baskets with a sudsy dish scrub brush or sponge, rinse and let them air dry on the counter.
Air Fryer Vegetables
Vegetables are often thought of only as a potential side dish. However, ever since I bought an air fryer they’ve become a quick and healthy snack choice.
Fresh or frozen, air fryer vegetables can be done in just minutes and they are so much more satisfying than pretzels or chips from the pantry. I understand how crazy that sounds, I really do. But trust me, once you start using your air fryer this way, you won’t stop.
Crispy, ever so tender, and scrumptious air fryer smashed Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze are impossible to pass up.
All it takes is ten minutes and a few simple seasonings, I promise it is possible to take cauliflower from frozen to crispy and delicious.
Air Fryer Broccoli is simple and delicious. The air frying process creates crispy florets with tender stems.
Delightfully fresh tasting and tender-crisp air fryer frozen asparagus is surprisingly easy and flavorful.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Chips
- 10 large Brussels sprouts about ½-¾ pound
- olive oil spray
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Place the Brussels sprout leaves in the basket and spray lightly with oil. Shake the basket well and spray again to ensure everything is lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shake well.
- Air fry for 4 minutes. Shake well and air fry for an additional 2 minutes, until the leaves are crispy and browned. Serve immediately.
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