Air Fryer Crispy Brussels Sprouts (Fresh or Frozen)

These crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts are perfectly charred on the outside, but soft and tender in the middle. They’re cooked in half the time of the oven, making them a perfect quick and healthy evening side dish. Fresh and frozen cooking options included!

Why you will love this recipe

  • Perfect texture. If you grew up hating boiled Brussels sprouts, you need to try these Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts. They have crispy edges with a tender center and are irresistibly delicious. A major crisis factor!
  • Healthy side dish. Brussels sprouts are a healthy, low-carb vegetable. Adding a little avocado oil and then seasoning adds flavor, but doesn’t take away from the health benefits. Check out these health benefits of Brussels sprouts to learn a little more about this less commonly used vegetable.
  • Ready in 30 minutes. Prep time only takes a few minutes, then let the air fryer do the rest. The cooking time itself is 12-15 minutes, which is considerably less time than a regular oven!
  • Simple ingredients. This Brussels sprouts recipe contains basic ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store year-round. Chances are you already have everything you need in the pantry to make these tonight!

Notes on ingredients

Ingredients measured and labeled.Ingredients measured and labeled.
  • Brussels sprouts – In the fall and winter, it’s fun to buy a stalk of Brussels sprouts, but fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts will work! If you buy fresh leaves, make sure the leaves are packed tightly together. They should be slightly firm with bright green tops. Small Brussels sprouts will taste sweeter than larger sprouts, so choose according to your preference.
  • Avocado oil – This is one of the best oils for air frying because it has a high smoke point and is a great source of healthy fats. Any other oil with a high smoke point will work well – try vegetable oil, extra virgin olive oil, or refined coconut oil.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper – The perfect pairing with all vegetables! The salt enhances the flavor while the pepper adds more flavor with a little heat.
  • Lemon juice – This is optional, but I highly recommend it if you have it on hand! This gives a bright, clean flavor to these vegetables. Without forgetting a little vitamin C!

How to Make Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer

How to make Brussels sprouts in the air fryer, step by step.How to make Brussels sprouts in the air fryer, step by step.
  1. Prepare the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  2. Cut the Brussels sprouts. Trim the ends of the fresh sprouts and cut them in half.
  3. Season the sprouts. Combine sprouts, oil and seasoning in a medium bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Place in air fryer. Place the pour spouts in a single layer on the bottom of your air fryer basket. For best results, make sure they are not overlapped.
  5. Cook the Brussels sprouts. Air fry the Brussels sprouts for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove and shake the fryer basket halfway through cooking.
  6. Serve. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the crispy sprouts and enjoy!

Storage Instructions

Cooked Brussels sprouts can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. For best results, make sure they are dry before storing.

To freeze them, make sure they are completely cooled to room temperature, then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the tray in the freezer for instant freezing.

Once frozen, transfer the Brussels sprouts to a freezer-safe bag or airtight storage container.

To reheat the Brussels sprouts, return them to the air fryer for a few minutes until they are hot and crispy again.

Variations and substitutions

  • Top with a little vegan parmesan for a touch of cheese.
  • Get some soy sauce to dip your roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • Use lemon zest instead of or with your lemon juice.
  • Get a slightly different flavor with garlic cloves or garlic powder topped with lime juice.
  • Spice up these crispy Brussels sprouts in the air fryer with a few red pepper flakes.
  • Pour a little balsamic vinegar on top.
  • If you want to try something a little different, try maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and pomegranate seeds.
  • If you don’t have avocado oil, you can use extra light olive oil or another high smoke point oil.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

This Brussels sprouts recipe is a great side dish to pair with almost any main or protein dish. I recommend trying it with my Classic Beyond Meat Meatloaf, Vegan Tofu Bolognese, Vegan Tater Tot Casserole, or BBQ Tempeh.

If you’re looking for side dishes that are easier to serve, try Instant Pot “baked” potatoes, vegan garlic bread, microwave sweet potatoes, or air fryer sweet potato wedges. air.

Bowl of crispy Brussels sprouts up close.Bowl of crispy Brussels sprouts up close.

Recipe FAQs

Why did my Brussels sprouts burn in the air fryer?

Basket-style air fryers can differ in size and shape, which can affect cooking time. If your crispy Brussels sprouts recipe is burning, chances are your air fryer is getting hotter than mine. To prevent them from burning in the future, I recommend taking a few minutes of cooking time or periodically checking for doneness.

Why aren’t my Brussels sprouts getting crispy?

Even the best air fryer won’t crisp your Brussels sprouts if your temperature isn’t high enough or you’ve piled too many Brussels sprouts in the basket. I recommend baking them at 380 degrees F and baking them in a single layer (or close to it).

Can I air fry Brussels sprouts without oil?

You can use less oil, very little oil, or no oil at all with the air fryer. This is one of the huge advantages over frying. That being said, I think you get the best flavor and crispiness when you coat them with a little oil before cooking.

tips for success

  • If your Brussels sprouts are very large or you want them to be very tender Brussels sprouts, cut them into quarters rather than halves.
  • To ensure perfectly crispy results, be sure to arrange the sprouts in a single layer so that the hot air can reach them evenly.
  • Different brands, shapes, and sizes of air fryers can affect the cooking time of these crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts. The best way to ensure they are perfect every time is to check them a few minutes in advance to be sure they are cooking well.
Bowl of crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts.Bowl of crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts.

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Bowl of crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts.Bowl of crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

These crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts are perfectly charred on the outside, but soft and tender in the middle. They’re cooked in half the time of the oven, making them a perfect quick and healthy evening side dish. Fresh and frozen cooking options included!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Cost: $3.56 per recipe / $0.89 per serving

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  • Preheat air fryer to 380F.

  • Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts. Then cut them in half.

  • Add fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts to a medium bowl. Drizzle avocado oil on top. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the sprouts with oil and seasonings.

  • Add Brussels sprouts to the basket or tray of your air fryer. Try to spread them in a single layer so they get crispy.

  • Fry the Brussels sprouts at 380 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, tossing/shaking halfway through cooking.

  • Serve hot and crispy with a squeeze of lemon juice for extra freshness, or as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If your Brussels sprouts are extra large or you like them very tender in the middle, cut them into quarters.
  • Air fryers come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, you may want to check your Brussels sprouts about a minute or two before the time is up, just to make sure they are cooking properly.
  • Note on frozen Brussels sprouts: I prefer to cut whole frozen Brussels sprouts in half before air frying. When air fried whole, they tend to be softer in the center. Cutting them in half or freezing them in half helps avoid this.


Calories: 111kilocalories | Carbohydrates: teng | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided for this recipe is an estimate only. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.

Course: Side dish

Kitchen: American

Photography by: Your home made healthy

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