Air fryer Brussels sprouts are the popcorn of the vegetable world. There is no way you can eat just one – they are such a great snack or side. I feel like brussels sprouts are finally getting the attention they have long deserved.
When air frying them I totally get the hype! My air fryer is my go-to when cooking for 1-2 people or making a quick snack. It saves heating up the oven and lots of dishes to wash.
Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer
I could eat air fried Brussels sprouts as my entire meal. The air fryer creates such crispy yet tender little bites. You just sit down and start eating it like popcorn.
If you have never eaten them before try this easy method. Is a completely different experience. Here are the tips to keep in mind.
First, always use fresh Brussels sprouts. Fresh Brussels sprouts will alwasy crisp up better than frozen.
Second, toss the Brussels sprouts gently with oil before putting them in the air fryer. Spread them out so there’s plenty of air flow.
Third, the best-tasting Brussels sprouts are the ones that have browned and blackened areas on the edges where they develop a crispy char.
Do not stop frying until they are well charred. They are not burning. They are being transformed into delicious flavor bombs you will want to eat right out of the air fryer.
How to Air Fry Brussels Sprouts
Preheat: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
Prep the brussels sprouts: Clean them, then trim off the stem. Slice them lengthwise. And, remove any leaves that are yellowing. Oil and season them, then place them on the sheet pan.
How Long to Cook Brussels Sprouts in Air Fryer
Not sure how long to air fry Brussels sprouts? That depends on how large the Brussels sprouts are, and how crispy you like them, etc.
Check your sprouts at 5 minutes and give them a toss in the basket. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy.
They should be fork tender with browned crispy edges when done. (Don’t fret the charred bits, they’re my favorite part!)
I use the COSORI Air Fryer pictured in these posts. 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.
The machine is a bit retro with simple knob controls. It turns out that I really like the basic settings and ability to set the time and temp like a traditional appliance. I’ve used a few different air fryers with pre-programmed settings and I found I was still tweaking the times.
This machine 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.
For a few more awesome Brussels sprouts recipes to try, these Smashed Brussels Sprouts are so irresistible they’ve become a big favorite in my house.
Tender pasta and crisp Brussels sprouts are combined with a smoky bacon cream sauce in this irresistible pasta dish. There is something amazing about the combination of Brussels sprouts and pork. Just a few strips of bacon are all it takes to give a smoky bacon-rich flavor to this creamy sauce.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts halved
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Toss the Brussels sprouts with olive and season with salt and pepper. Place in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
- Air fry the Brussels sprouts for 8-9 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fry toss the basket at about 4 minutes for even cooking. The pieces should be slightly crisp and fork-tender when done. (Don't fret the charred bits, they're my favorite part!)