Cajun Brussels Sprouts

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Made in the oven or in the air fryer, these Cajun Brussels Sprouts are a crispy, flavorful snack or side dish.

roasted Brussels on square plate with striped napkin

Spicy Brussels Sprouts

My guys are big fans of spicy foods, so I figured they’d enjoy these Brussels. What I didn’t expect was just how thrilled they were with them. My oldest son isn’t a fan of Brussels sprouts at all and he stood at the counter and kept snacking on this batch.

Apparently, Spicy Brussel Sprouts are in a class of their own when it comes to vegetables for my crew. While these are terrific on their own, they’re also pretty darn tasty with a dipping sauce.

Spicy sweet combinations are a personal favorite for me, so a light drizzle of honey or maple syrup is a solid option as well.

Brussels in air fryer

Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  • olive oil
  • Brussels sprouts
  • smoked paprika or plain
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • granulated onion or onion powder
  • crushed oregano
  • crushed thyme
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • cayenne pepper

Alternatively, 2 teaspoons of your favorite Cajun seasoning blend may be substituted for all of the spices in this recipe. I love this homemade spice blend and keep it ready to go in the pantry.

crispy cooked Brussels sprouts in air fryer

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  1. Preheat your air fryer or oven to 400°F. Place the Brussels sprouts in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Toss to coat thoroughly.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry the Brussels sprouts for 9-10 minutes.
  3. If you are using a basket-style air fry, toss the basket after about 5 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!)

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.

Cajun Brussels sprouts on square plate with blue towel

Oven Roasted Spicy Brussels Sprouts

Not a fan of the air-fryer? This recipe can easily be made in the oven as well.

Preheat the oven to 400°F and spread the Brussels sprouts across a large sheet pan (I like these pans best!) in a single layer. Roast for 18-20 minutes, until the Brussels are slightly crisp and fork-tender when done.

close up of roasted Cajun Brussels Sprouts

For a few more flavorful and spicy dishes, try these recipes next:

The sweet heat of honey sriracha Brussels Sprouts will have everyone devouring these little bites before they make it to the table.

Crispy, roasted, sweet and spicy Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts take this vegetable to a whole new level. These sprouts are inspired by the sauce on our favorite Bang Bang Cauliflower.

Crispy Cajun Cauliflower brings a kiss of heat to this tasty, slightly crunchy side dish. Season cauliflower steaks with the cajun seasoning and make it a meal.

Red Cabbage Slaw is as flavorful as it is colorful. Tangy and a little spicy, it’s great paired with a bbq pork sandwich or burger.

Cajun Chicken with Mushrooms is an addictive combination of spicy and irresistible little bites.

close up of roasted Cajun Brussels Sprouts

Cajun Brussels Sprouts

Made in the oven or in the air fryer, these Cajun Brussels Sprouts are a crispy, flavorful snack or side dish.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pound Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or plain
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed thyme
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper OPTIONAL

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer or oven to 400°F. Place the Brussels sprouts in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Toss to coat thoroughly.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry the Brussels sprouts for 9-10 minutes.
  • If you are using a basket-style air fry, toss the basket after about 5 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!)

Oven Instructions

  • Spread the Brussels sprouts across a large sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for 18-20 minutes. The pieces should be slightly crisp and fork-tender when done.

Notes

Alternatively, 2 teaspoons of your favorite Cajun seasoning blend may be substituted for all of the spices in this recipe. I love this homemade spice blend and keep it ready to go in the pantry.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal · Carbohydrates: 15g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 8g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Sodium: 333mg · Potassium: 665mg · Fiber: 7g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 1309IU · Vitamin C: 145mg · Calcium: 72mg · Iron: 2mg
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roasted Brussels in air fryer
close up of roasted Brussels sprouts

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