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Delicious Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Ok, be prepared to be eating more brussels sprouts because this air fried brussels sprouts are so easy! These crispy brussels sprouts come out of the air fryer in minutes and best of all, very little clean up. You’ll be so happy at how quick and easy these healthy brussels sprouts are to make.
Video: Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Using Little Oil
We love brussels sprouts and our collection of brussels sprouts recipes is quite extensive. But these simple and quick air fried brupsles sprouts are so easy, it’s hard to not eat them more often! They use such little oil compared to oven roasted brussels sprouts. Best of all, they cook so much quicker than in the traditional oven. Cooking times will definitely vary depending on the size of brussels sprouts. We like our brussels sprouts brown, crispy and tender. For small to medium brussels sprouts, cut them in half. If they’re larger, then cut them into thirds. Most importantly, try to buy them in all the same size for consistent cooking. We used a 3.4 qt air fryer.
Before and after! Crispy, delicious and so healthy!
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What are the Best Air Fryers for Brussels sprouts?
There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt range & the 5-6 qt. range. Here’s our favorites:
Cosori 3.7 qt. Digital Air Fryer – “That’s a stylish Air Fryer” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is also great for clean up.
Ninja 4 qt. Digital Air Fryer – Has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. Super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. We love it’s basket and just a platform insert. One less bulky thing to wash. This is a great air fryer.
Good Larger Air Fryers
We like that this Tiluxury 5.8 qt has the non-stick basket (non-wire base). Makes for less sticking for delicate meals (ie baked fish fillets). And we like the digital interface (easier cleaning).
Cooking times will vary depending on the size of brussels sprouts. We like our brussels sprouts brown, crispy and tender. For small to medium brussels sprouts, cut them in half. If they’re larger, then cut them into thirds. Most importantly, try to buy them in all the same size for consistent cooking. We used a 3.4 qt air fryer. You can also par-boil them first, drain and then continue with the air frying recipe method. Par boiling helps make them a little softer and more cooked through the center.
Put brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Evenly drizzle oil and balsamic vinegar over brussels sprouts. Add salt & pepper to taste. Toss the brussels sprouts well to completely coat with the oil and balsamic vinegar. Make sure to toss well to coat all the brussels sprouts. There shouldn't be any liquid left pooling at the bottom of the bowl.
Add brussels to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 360°F for about 15-20 minutes, depending on size of brussels sprouts. Shake and gently stir half way through, about 8 minutes into cooking. Make sure you shake at the halfway mark! You don’t wan to end up with uneven cooking. Continue to air fry the brussels for the remainder of the time, or until the brussels are golden brown and cooked through.
Check earlier if needed to make sure brussels sprouts don't burn or shake/toss more often for even cooking (about 3 times). Or cook a little longer if needed to get everything crispy .
Add additional salt and pepper if needed on the brussels sprouts and enjoy!
Don’t crowd the basket. It’s better to cook in multiple smaller batches for even cooking, than it is to cook in one large batch.
Doubling the recipe will work great but make sure your air fryer is large enough. We used a 3.4 qt for 1 pound of brussels sprouts. You might need add an additional 1-2 minutes of cooking time and give an extra shake or two while cooking. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time.
If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.