Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

BY : PUBLISHED : December 27th, 2021 UPDATED: May 23rd, 2022

Achieve super crispy Brussels Sprouts at home using your Air Fryer! They are garlicky, with perfectly crunchy outer layers and core so tender every bite is a delight to the senses. Tossed in a soy-balsamic sauce for an umami and tangy finish that will make you go for seconds!

finished Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts plated on a white dish against a white background

No need to go to any restaurants to enjoy your fave Brussel Sprouts side dish, because we have unlocked the secret in making it super crispy and flavorful in the shortest amount of time possible! Aside from the fact that an Air-fryer makes healthier dishes compared to regular frying, it is also convenient to use and delivers on crispiness all the time! And just like my Super Simple Air-Fried Tofu, this dish is simply flavored and air-fried to perfection.

Easy Homemade Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

If you are looking for a healthy, flavorful, and budget-friendly side dish that you can make in a snap, then this Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe is exactly what you need! These miniature cabbages are coated in garlic, salt, and oil, then air-fried until the outer leaves turn super crisp and brown. They are then tossed in soy sauce and vinegar to give them that deep flavorful taste! It is simply made yet is bursting with amazing tastes and textures. It’s the perfect side dish to enjoy with your grilled or fried entrees.

So say no to greasy veggies, oil splatters, and a heap of dishes to clean up after! This homemade recipe will be one of the easiest and most enjoyable Brussels Sprouts dishes you will ever make. It is another great addition to our growing list of brussels sprouts recipe catalog!

finished Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts plated on a white dish against a white background

Is it Healthy?

They may be mini cruciferous vegetables but they deliver big on nutrition! These cuties are filled with fiber-rich and are loaded with multiple vitamins and minerals. It is a great addition to our daily diet as it is low in carbs but is high in antioxidants which aids in keeping our immune system strong! This recipe uses all-natural, plant-based ingredients and can be made gluten-free and Paleo-friendly too.

Ingredients Used in Making Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

You can make this restaurant-quality side dish with just 7 simple ingredients!

  • Brussels Sprouts - Make sure to properly wash and dry them first. Making them flavorful and crisp will wipe off any bad memories you've had about this veggie before! 
  • Olive oil - Use just enough to coat the outsides of the Brussels sprouts. This will help make them super crispy and flavor-packed. If you do not have it on hand, you can use other plant oils with a high smoke point. 
  • Garlic - This dish won't be the same without it! The sharp and yummy garlic flavor will seep into the layers as they cook! Plus, roasted garlic is just too delicious to ignore.  
  • Soy sauce - Gives the vegetables a great savory and umami flavor.
  • Balsamic vinegar - This sweet and tangy vinegar brightens up the dish and makes it even tastier. 
  • Salt and pepper - To taste.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Ingredients measured out against a white background

How to Make Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  • Trim the edges and remove outer layers that are dark,  discolored, and mushy. Cut them in half.
sliced brussels sprouts on a light cutting board
sliced brussels sprouts on a white cutting board
  • Coat the brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
brussels sprouts in a bowl with ingredients in the background
brussels sprouts in a white bowl with dressing about to be poured into the bowl
brussels sprouts in a white bowl with a wooden spoon
brussels sprouts in a white bowl with a wooden spoon with ingredients being mixed
  • Place them in the air-fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes at 340 degrees F. Pull the basket out, shake the contents, then cook for another 6 to 7 minutes.
brussels sprouts spread out on a wire rack
cooked brussels sprouts spread out on a wire rack
  • Once cooked, place them back into a bowl and toss with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
cooked brussels sprouts in a white bowl with wet ingredients in the background
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts in white bowl mixed with wet ingredients

Variations and Add-ons

  • If you want to make this dish gluten-free, just swap the soy sauce with tamari.
  • To make it Paleo friendly, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Also, you can use lemon juice instead of balsamic vinegar.
  • You can add maple syrup to the dressing to give it a touch of sweetness!
  • Give your Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts a punch of heat by adding chili flakes or chili powder.
  • Instead of tossing in a soy-vinegar dressing, you can also just sprinkle some vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast before serving it.

Tips when Making Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  • Choose uniformly-sized Brussels sprouts as much as possible so they cook evenly. If you have pieces that are smaller than the others, keep them intact. If some are bigger than the rest, cut them in quarters.
  • Adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the sprouts you have. Add a few more minutes if you have larger ones.
  • Always cook in a single layer to achieve that perfect crispiness. If your air fryer is on the small side, cook in batches instead.
  • Serve it immediately for best results. If the Brussels sprouts are left in the dressing too long, they will lose their crispiness. If you are making this in advance, keep the veggies warm and just toss them in the dressing before serving.
finished Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts plated on a white dish against a white background

How to Store leftovers?

  • Make sure to let them cool completely before transferring them to a lidded container. They should stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the microwave at 30-second intervals or in your air fryer for 1-3 minutes at 350 degrees F. They might not be as crunchy as they were when freshly cooked, but they will still be delicious!

More Brussels Sprouts Recipes

If you have more Brussels Sprouts and are wondering what to do with them, try these:

finished Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts plated on a white dish against a white background

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Toni Okamoto
Achieve super crispy Brussels Sprouts at home using your Air Fryer! They are garlicky, with perfectly crunchy outer layers and core so tender every bite is a delight to the senses. Tossed in a soy-balsamic sauce for an umami and tangy finish that will make you go for seconds!
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2 -4 servings
Calories 131 kcal
METHOD Air Frying
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts fresh, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Trim the ends of the brussels sprouts and cut them in half.
  • In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, until the brussels sprouts are evenly coated.
  • Place the halves in a single layer in your airfryer and cook for 7 minutes at 340 degrees F. Remove the basket and shake it, then cook again for 6 to 7 minutes at 340 degrees F.
  • Place them back into the large bowl and pour in the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Enjoy immediatel

Notes

  • Choose uniformly-sized Brussels sprouts as much as possible so they cook evenly. If you have pieces that are smaller than the others, keep them intact. If some are bigger than the rest, cut them in quarters.
  • Adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the sprouts you have. Add a few more minutes if you have larger ones.
  • Always cook in a single layer to achieve that perfect crispiness. If your air fryer is on the small side, cook in batches instead.
  • Serve it immediately for best results. If the Brussels sprouts are left in the dressing too long, they will lose their crispiness. If you are making this in advance, keep the veggies warm and just toss them in the dressing before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 707mgPotassium: 924mgFiber: 9gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1710IUVitamin C: 194mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 4mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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  1. Michelle says

    Can i use frozen brussel sprouts to make this recipe? Thank you!

    • Andrea White says

      Hi Michelle! You can try however it may be best to defrost them so you can thaw them out and can slice and marinate them for this recipe! We haven't tried them from frozen so let us know how they turn out if you end up giving them a go 🙂

  2. Teodora Grujic says

    I love this recipe! Even my daugher started to eat sprouts, so thank you 🙂

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