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Air fryer Brussel sprouts make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish. These healthy little morsels go well with your favorite dipping sauces. We love serving them with mustard aioli to turn them into a dunkable, addictive veggie treat none of us can get enough of! 

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Air Fryer

Brussel sprouts in the air fryer have a slightly crispy outside and soft, moist inside. Our recipe uses balsamic vinegar, which helps give the Brussel sprouts extra flavor and helps to soft the inside up a bit with the acid.

We also provide you with an excellent dipping sauce, which you can make the day before if you want. 

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Ingredients for Air Fry Brussel sprouts Recipe

When making air fryer Brussels sprouts, you’ll need these ingredients to make the sprouts. We’ve also included ingredients below to make a tasty mustard aioli for dipping or smothering the sprouts.

  • Brussels sprouts - You can typically find these in the refrigerated section of the produce. In some places, you may be able to find them still attached to the stalk, but they tend to be more expensive than bagged sprouts.
  • Olive oil - You could also use a different light tasting oil.
  • Balsamic vinegar - We like the flavor of balsamic, but you could use another vinegar flavor if you prefer, like red wine, white wine, or apple vinegar.
  • Seasonings - You’ll want to use garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You could omit the salt if you follow a low sodium diet.

For the mustard aioli, you’ll need the following:

  • Mayonnaise - You can use regular or reduced fat versions, but regular has a richer flavor.
  • Dijon mustard - You can use your preferred brand.
  • Whole grain mustard - You should be able to find this in the spices aisle at the grocery store.
  • Honey - You could sub in maple syrup if you follow a vegan diet.
  • Garlic - You need to smash this into a paste or you can often find pre-smashed tubes of garlic. Fresh tends to taste better though.
  • Lemon juice - We use fresh juice, but you could use bottled juice instead.

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How to clean Brussels sprouts for air frying

When you get bagged Brussel sprouts, they are often cleaned of most debris. But to be safe, we recommend rinsing them in cool water and allowing them to dry or patting them dry with a towel.

Once rinsed and dried, place a sprout on a hard surface and use a sharp knife to carefully remove what is left of the stem on the bottom.

When you have the stem removed, cut the Brussel in half lengthwise. If you have very large sprouts, you may want to quarter them to be a roughly similar size.

How to cook Brussel sprouts in Air Fryer

_air fryer Brussel sprouts step by step instructions

Once you have the sprouts cleaned and cut, follow these directions to make them in the air fryer.

  • Preheat the air fryer for 4 minutes to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Next, add the brussels sprouts to the air fryer basket, making sure to not overcrowd it. It is best to work in batches so they have a bit of room to cook evenly.
  • Air fry them for 5 minutes and remove the basket, shake it, and cook for another 2 minutes.

For the mustard aioli, you need to do is:

  • Whisk the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard seeds, honey, lemon juice, and garlic together. Once combined, sprinkle with some salt and pepper. 
  • Finally, cover the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to one day.

_air fryer Brussel sprouts step by step instructions

How to make roasted Brussel sprouts in oven

First, follow the instructions to clean, cut, and coat the brussel sprouts. Once ready, take the following steps:

  • Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next, place the prepared sprouts on a non-stick pan.
  • Finally, place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the sprouts start to brown on the outside.

How to serve roasted crispy roasted Brussel sprouts

We love serving these sprouts with the aioli recipe we included in this post. But if you want other ideas, here are a few good ones:

  • Serve with other air fryer treats to create a tray of apps to serve your family or guests
  • Dip them in honey mustard 
  • Serve them alongside your favorite entrees for a complete meal
  • Smother them in melted cheese, like cheddar or provolone
  • Pick your favorite dipping sauce either cover them or dip them in

If you need more healthy air fryer ideas, here are a few others to try:

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Seasoning variations

When you air fry brussels sprouts, you can use any number of different seasoning combinations. Often, we mix some spices with a liquid so the flavor soaks in a bit. Here are a few variations to try:

  • Salt and pepper
  • Use southwestern seasonings
  • Change the vinegar you use for slight flavor variations

Can I air fry frozen Brussel sprouts

Yes, you can air fry frozen brussel sprouts, but we recommend thawing them first. If you place them in frozen, they may not get the nice crispy outside.

When using frozen, we thaw them overnight and pat them dry. Once ready, we season them and air fry them as described in the recipe.

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How to store air fried brussel sprouts

Whether you want to make them ahead or have left overs, you can easily store them for later. 

To store, first let them cool completely. Next, place them in an airtight container. You can then place them in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days.

You can also freeze them by placing them in a freezer safe container. When you want to serve them, allow them to thaw overnight. 

To reheat, you can warm them in the air fryer set to 350 for about 3 minutes or until warmed through. 

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Pro Tips to make the crispy brussels sprouts in Air Fryer

When you make brussel sprouts in the air fryer, you can follow these great tips for excellent results:

  • Make sure to leave some space between the sprouts and not over crowd you basket
  • Cut the sprouts in half lengthwise and quarter any really large ones so they are roughly the same size
  • Use your favorite dipping sauces to make the perfect app or snack for you and your family

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Air fryer Brussel sprouts make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish. These healthy little morsels go well with your favorite dipping sauces. We love serving them with mustard aioli to turn them into a dunkable, addictive veggie treat none of us can get enough of! 

Ingredients

  • Brussels sprouts (sliced in half lengthwise) - 1 lb
  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard Aioli

  • Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup
  • Dijon mustard - 1 heaping tablespoon
  • Whole grain mustard - 1 heaping tablespoon
  • Honey - 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic, smashed to a paste - 3 cloves
  • Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  1. When you get bagged Brussel sprouts, they are often cleaned of most debris. But to be safe, we recommend rinsing them in cool water and allowing them to dry or patting them dry with a towel.
  2. Once rinsed and dried, place a sprout on a hard surface and use a sharp knife to carefully remove what is left of the stem on the bottom.
  3. When you have the stem removed, cut the Brussel in half lengthwise. If you have very large sprouts, you may want to quarter them to be a roughly similar size.
  4. Preheat the air fryer for 4 minutes to 375 degrees F.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  6. Next, add the brussels sprouts to the air fryer basket, making sure to not overcrowd it. It is best to work in batches so they have a bit of room to cook evenly.
  7. Air fry them for 5 minutes and remove the basket, shake it, and cook for another 2 minutes.

For the mustard aioli, you need to do is:

  1. Whisk the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard seeds, honey, lemon juice, and garlic together. Once combined, sprinkle with some salt and pepper. 
  2. Finally, cover the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to one day.

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Lisa

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Omg these are so good! I’m not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar so use red wine vinegar instead. Plus I used garlic infused olive oil. I will never cook brussel sprouts any other way again! Thank you!!! 😋

Natalie

Friday 4th of March 2022

Wow, they look so crispy and perfectly cooked. I'll give your recipe a try. Thanks!

Tavo

Friday 4th of March 2022

Absolutely delicious Brussels Sprouts; thank you for this fantastic recipe! I will make it again!!

Amanda Wren-Grimwood

Friday 4th of March 2022

I've never cooked my brussels in the airfryer before so I'm going to have to try this. Looks delicious!

Kushigalu

Friday 4th of March 2022

Never tried Brussel sprouts on air fryer. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing

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