This Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts recipe is the perfect side dish for a weeknight meal or a holiday dinner party! Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these flavorful sprouts are drizzled with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled with seasonings and air fried to golden perfection start to finish in about 15 minutes!
Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe
Air Fryer – Seriously, what did we do before air fryers? They make everything taste good.
Healthy – This recipe may be the best way to get in your veggies!
Easy Recipe – You don’t need a lot of ingredients, the prep is simple, and so is cooking them! These roasted brussels sprouts will be on your plate in only 15 minutes.
Crowd Pleaser – Fried brussel sprouts make a show stopping appetizer, or a lovely side dish that is sure to impress all your friends and family.
Double Trouble – This recipe is really easy to double if you’re feeding a big crowd.
Brussels sprouts tend to get a bad rap, but these crispy air fryer brussel sprouts really change that narrative. Seriously, even the pickiest of eaters end up loving these! And who wouldn’t? They’re a crunchy, healthy, salty, snack that will have everyone asking you for the recipe.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
This is an overview of the ingredients you will need to make these delicious Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts. Important notes and substitutions for certain ingredients are discussed. The full printable recipe, with amounts and specific details, can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Brussel Sprouts – You can find fresh brussel sprouts at most grocery stores, but if you only find frozen ones, be sure to add an extra 2 minutes to the cooking time.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Using olive oil will make this recipe a bit healthier, but you can use whatever oil you prefer. If you have a little bacon grease you can add that in, the flavor it provides is outstanding.
- Balsamic Vinegar – Regular balsamic vinegar is what I recommend, but you can use white balsamic vinegar as well. If you don’t have either, apple cider vinegar makes a great substitute.
- Honey – The sweetness of the honey and the tanginess of the balsamic vinegar make an amazing flavor combination when paired with the brussel sprouts. If you don’t have honey on hand, maple syrup is a great substitute.
- Sea Salt – Sea salt adds extra flavor and texture to these sprouts, but feel free to use whatever salt you have on hand.
- Thyme – Fresh thyme is a great addition to this recipe, but dried thyme works too.
How To Make Brussel Sprouts In The Air Fryer
- In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper together to make a sauce.
- Cut your brussel sprouts in half, and add them to the bowl with the oil mixture. Combine until the brussel sprouts are fully coated with the marinade.
- Place the marinated brussel sprouts in your air fryer basket, and do your best to make sure the sprouts aren’t touching. Set your air fryer temperature to 370 ˚F and set the cooking time to 10 minutes and press start. Halfway through, pull the air fryer basket out and shake the brussel sprouts to get an even fry all around.
- Once the 10 minutes is up, sprinkle the crispy sprouts with fresh thyme and serve right away for the best results.
Recipe Tips and Advice
Storage – While I believe brussel sprouts are always best when fresh, sometimes you might find yourself with leftovers. Store the cooked brussel sprouts in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. If you want to reheat them, just pop them back in the air fryer or in a regular oven for a few minutes until warm.
Freeze – To freeze, put the sprouts in an airtight container in the freezer, and they’ll last up to 3 months. To reheat, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and put them back in the air fryer or oven until warm.
Make Ahead – To make these ahead of time, just combine the sprouts with the marinade, and allow them to sit in the air fryer basket until you’re ready to cook them.
Materials – You’ll need an air fryer, a medium sized bowl, and a large spoon to combine everything.
You don’t have to stop at the seasonings and glazes recommended for this recipe. Feel free to add things like garlic powder, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, lime juice, soy sauce, salty bacon, etc.
For this recipe, you don’t need to soak or blanch the brussel sprouts before cooking them.
This is a pretty common problem. It may be because your air fryer isn’t hot enough. Try preheating the air fryer basket before adding the brussel sprouts. If that doesn’t work, try increasing the temperature by a few degrees depending on the wattage of your air fryer.
This could be because the air fryer basket was too crowded, or because you didn’t shake the basket and some pieces were more burnt than others.
What To Serve With Brussel Sprouts
Fried brussel sprouts are an easy side dish to pair with almost anything! For a hearty meal, pair this recipe with a main dish like Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, Pork Tenderloin, Shake And Bake, and more side dishes like Mashed Butternut Squash, Air Fryer Baked Potato, Cheesy Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, Candied Yams and Mashed Potatoes.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts halved
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme use less if using dried thym=
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
- Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the halved Brussels sprouts to the bowl and mix so that the Brussel Sprouts are covered with the marinade.
- Place the Brussel Sprouts in the basket of the air fryer and cook for ten minutes. Give it a shake halfway through so the Brussel Sprouts are roasted more evenly.
- Sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve hot.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.