Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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Brussels sprouts in the air fryer are quick, easy, and cooks into a tender center and crispy outside in as little as 15 minutes! Serve this healthy side dish alongside our air fryer potato wedges!

Air fry brussels sprouts on parchment paper in a dish

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

What looks like tiny baby cabbages, but are actually brussels sprouts, are a vegetable that resemble the flavor of broccoli and cauliflower. They cook beautifully oven-roasted, baked into au gratin, cooked into this brussels sprouts salad – and the easiest of them all – in the air fryer!

Why this recipe works

+Baked not fried in loads of oil – many roasting brussels sprouts recipes and sauteed recipes require lots of oil and butter to prevent the vegetable from sticking to a pan. Air fryer brussels sprouts are made in a non-stick basket that is easy to remove.

+Healthy dish that is low in calories and fat – cooking food in the air fryer helps to keep food healthy, while still giving it a crispy exterior and satisfying texture that is many times achieved in fried and high-fat dishes. The heat stays on low which keeps the oil at a safe temperature, ensuring a healthy meal without trans fats. The bonus is these brussel sprouts have only 81 calories per serving and 4 grams of healthy fat!

+You just got your culinary achievement award – Everything cooks evenly in the air fryer which insures kitchen success at every meal!

What ingredients go into this recipe

air fryer, olive oil, brussels sprouts, salt, pepper, garlic powder on a counter
  • one pound of brussels sprouts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pink salt, black pepper, garlic powder
  • Air fryer (I use and love this one)

How to prepare brussels sprouts for cooking

To prepare brussels sprouts for cooking, first soak the brussels sprouts in lightly salted water for 10-20 minutes. You will need 16 ounces or 1 pound total for this recipe. Next trim the stem ends of the brussels sprouts, pulling off any yellow outer leaves and if the recipes call for it to be halved or quartered do that. This helps to crisp more of the outside during cooking so the outside and the center are evenly flavored.

Expert Tips

How do you make brussels sprouts not soggy?

Why are your brussels sprouts soggy? Perhaps not enough oil or coating since oil is what helps to make brussels sprouts nice a crispy. In order to ensure a crispy outside, make sure to fully coat and mix the oil over all of them.

Do I have to soak the brussels sprouts before cooking?

Yes, soaking brussels sprouts before cooking helps to remove any dirt and insects from in-between the leaves. Soak in lightly salted water for 10-20 minutes before using.

What to serve with brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a favorite fall and winter food. Serve them as a side dish with these other healthy recipes:

How to make brussels sprouts in the air fryer

brussels sprouts washed and sliced in half

STEP 1: Soak the brussels sprouts first in lightly salted water for 10-20 minutes. Cut the base or the stem ends of the brussels sprouts, pulling off any yellow outer leaves. Slice each one in half.

tossing brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl with a wood spoon

STEP 2: Transfer the prepared brussels sprouts to a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder (optional) and mix to coat.

brussels sprouts in an instant vortex air fryer

STEP 3: Plug in the air fryer and click “Air Fry”, “Start”. It will take a minute or two to heat up. Then it will beep and say to add food. Open the air fryer basket and spread the prepared brussels sprouts on the cooking tray evenly so they do not overlap. Close and the air fryer basket and it will begin its 15 minutes.

STEP 4: About 5 minutes before finishing the air fryer will beep to flip food. Check for doneness here, or just open it and give it a little shake to flip the brussels sprouts, close and wait for it to be finished. Some of the exterior may be burnt looking but the inside should be fine. It cooks in 10-15 minutes total. Remove and enjoy right away.

easy healthy cooked brussels sprouts

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Air fry brussels sprouts on parchment paper in a dish

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Best Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts in the air fryer are quick, easy, and cooks into a tender center and crispy outside in as little as 15 minutes! Serve this healthy side dish alongside our air fryer potato wedges!
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 81kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder optional

Instructions

  • Soak the brussels sprouts first in lightly salted water for 10-20 minutes. Cut the base or the stem ends of the brussels sprouts, pulling off any yellow outer leaves. Slice each one in half.
    brussels sprouts washed and sliced in half
  • Transfer the prepared brussels sprouts to a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder (optional) and mix to coat.
    tossing brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl with a wood spoon
  • Plug in the air fryer and click “Air Fry”, “Start”. It will take a minute or two to heat up. Then it will beep and say to add food. Open the air fryer basket and spread the prepared brussels sprouts on the cooking tray evenly so they do not overlap. Close and the air fryer basket and it will begin its 15 minutes.
    brussels sprouts in an instant vortex air fryer
  • About 5 minutes before finishing the air fryer will beep to flip food. Check for doneness here, or just open it and give it a little shake to flip the brussels sprouts, close and wait for it to be finished. Some of the exterior may be burnt looking but the inside should be fine. It cooks in 10-15 minutes total. Remove and enjoy right away.
    easy healthy cooked brussels sprouts

Notes

  1. Oil is what helps to make brussels sprouts nice a crispy. Make sure to fully coat and mix the oil over all of them.
  2. Soaking brussels sprouts before cooking helps to remove any dirt and insects from in-between the leaves. Soak in lightly salted water for 10-20 minutes before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 856IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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