If you’re looking for an easy recipe for air fryer brussels sprouts, you’re in the right place. This guide will not only teach you how to cook brussels sprouts in the air fryer, it’ll give you 5+ ways to season and/or glaze them for maximum flavor. We’re talking flavor combos like honey soy glazed, zesty ranch, and crispy sprouts with apples, honey, and goat cheese.
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How to Make Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
The base recipe takes less than 20 minutes, and you can have all the glazes and fixin’s ready to go by the time the brussels sprouts are air fried. You’ll find all the variations in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post as well as an infographic below.
Between here and there, I’ve included a walkthrough for simply air frying the brussels sprouts that includes a few tips, tricks, and notes.
Step 1: Cut 12 ounces of brussels sprouts in half, removing any stems.
You can find 12-ounce bags of washed and ready brussels sprouts in most grocery stores, but you can also use fresh off the stalk here. It is worth noting, however, that the size of your brussels sprouts will affect cook time.
Larger sprouts may take a bit longer too cook through in the center, and it might help to reduce the temperature by 25ºF or so to avoid burning the outside leaves. You can get an idea of what size sprouts I used in the photo above.
Step 2: Toss with a olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
You can air fry brussels sprouts with any oil you’d like. The soy glazed version below calls for sesame oil, for example.
In case you’re wondering, I wouldn’t recommend using no oil at all. I would, at the very least, use a half tablespoon or a liberal amount of cooking spray. This will ensure the brussels sprouts get crispy and any seasoning sticks.
Seasoning Your Brussels Sprouts
The variations below that call for glazing just need a simple salt and pepper seasoning, while the zesty ranch and garlic parmesan have other ingredients that go on before frying. In my experience, you’ll want dry seasonings to go on before air frying, and glazes to go on after frying.
Step 3: Air fry for 12-15 minutes at 350ºF until crispy.
Like I mentioned above, the size of your sprouts may affect the cook time. Also, different air fryers may affect the cook time as well. I use a 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot Duo Crisp for all my air fryer recipes.
When air frying, shaking the basket halfway through frying is always a good idea for even cooking, and that applies here as well. You can also extend the cook time to get your brussels sprouts extra crispy.
Step 4 (optional): Toss the air fried brussels sprouts with a glaze.
Honey, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, or a number of other combinations—you can’t go wrong with a tablespoon or two of something acidic and something sweet to balance it out.
Just don’t overdo it. You don’t want your air fried brussels sprouts drowning in too much liquid. Otherwise you’ll be left with mushy sprouts, and nobody want’s that.
Glaze and Seasoning Ideas for Brussels Sprouts
Now, to the good stuff. The following infographic has 5 options for seasoning your air fryer brussels sprouts. You’ll also find additional options linked below the graphic!
For more ideas to season or glaze your air fryer brussels sprouts, check out my BBQ Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Chili Ground Beef and Brussels Sprouts, or Sweet Chili Chicken and Brussels Sprouts.
Well, that should cover it. If you need some more ideas, check out this guide to what goes with brussels sprouts. And if you have any questions about the recipe or any ingredients, feel free to drop a comment at the bottom of this post.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts 5 Ways
A 20-minute recipe for air fried brussels sprouts with 5 options for glazing or seasoning.
- 12 oz Brussels Sprouts, halved
- 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
- Cut the brussels sprouts in half and toss with the olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper. (For the garlic parmesan and zesty ranch versions, add all the ingredients in this step.)
- Air fry for 12-15 minutes at 350ºF or until the brussels sprouts are as crispy as you'd like. Shake the air fryer basket half way through for even crisping.
- Toss the air fried brussels sprouts with one of the glaze options from the notes section below.
The size of your brussels sprouts may sightly affect cook time. Check on them early, especially with the zesty ranch or garlic parmesan versions, to avoid burning.
Honey Soy Glazed Brussels Sprouts
- 1 Tbsp (15g) Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp (21g) Honey
- 2 tsp (10g) Chili Garlic Sauce
Optional: Swap the olive oil for a tablespoon of sesame oil when air frying.
Toss the air fried brussels sprouts with the soy sauce, honey, and chili garlic sauce mixture. Serve with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
Zesty Ranch Brussels Sprouts
- 1 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning
- 1 tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Toss the brussels sprouts in the olive oil before adding the ranch and lemon pepper seasonings.
Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Goat Cheese
- 1 Tbsp (21g) Honey
- 6 oz Honeycrisp or Pink Lady Apple, peeled and diced large
- 1 oz Candied Pecans, chopped
- 1/2 oz Crumbled Goat Cheese
Toss the finished brussels sprouts in the honey before adding the diced apple, pecans, and goat cheese.
Crispy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
- 2 Tbsp (15g) Grated Parmesan
- 2-3 cloves (5g) Garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
Mix the crushed garlic and olive oil together before adding to the brussels sprouts. Season with oregano, red pepper, and grated parmesan before adding to the air fryer.
Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts
- 2 Tbsp (42g) Honey
- 2 Tbsp (30g) Whole Grain or Dijon Mustard
Toss the finished brussels sprouts with the honey and mustard.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 3.5gCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts will vary between flavor variations.
Friday 26th of November 2021
Air fryer Brussels sprouts turned me into a Brussels sprouts person. Definitely try the Apple and goat cheese or the Parmesan ones with balsamic glaze from Trader Joe’s or a fig flavored glaze. Or add a little bacon to them too! Adds a new depth to the flavors, plus dang good!