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Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer

Brussel sprouts in the air fryer are just amazing! Tender brussels with a bit of a crispy outside will get you to love this understated vegetable. 

Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, and I’m guilty of assuming I wouldn’t like them too. If you’re hesitant to try them or looking to try something new, give our crispy brussels sprouts in the air fryer recipe a try. It’s one of our easy air fryer recipes on The Typical Mom. (originally published 2/19, affiliate links present)

Are you on the love ’em or hate ’em side of roasted brussels sprouts?? They are our new favorite side dish for sure. You can make them in any brand machine you have. We have a Cosori and an AirWave too, and use it often.

These use fresh but if you need directions for air fryer frozen brussel sprouts, we have that too!

Ninja Foodi Brussel Sprouts

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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If you haven’t found a way to make these pesky things where you crave them yet, try this! Even my 10 year old gobbled them up when they came out of the basket.

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The best way to make brussel sprouts

  • Well we have made Instant Pot brussel sprouts that are amazing as well. Unfortunately they don’t get crispy on the outsides no matter how many minutes of cooking.

Unless you add oil salt and pepper and put them into the oven – broiler after you pressure cook them. 

You can skip that second step if you use this brussel sprouts in the air fryer recipe.

I will tell you that the crispy outside is a must after having them both ways. We served these along side our bacon wrapped air fryer steak and some Ninja Foodi cabbage, it was the perfect meal.

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Keys to making the best brussel sprouts

  • We pre heated our larger air fryer
  • Wash them – obvious I know
  • Cut the hard end off
  • Slice them lengthwise
  • Add brussels into a bowl with our light sauce
  • Put them into your air fryer basket
  • Set cook time
  • Bake or cook brussel sprouts in the air fryer
  • 2 minutes shaking them intermittently so they all get crispy throughout the cook time is best
  • Toss the brussels sprouts in more light sauce & some seasoning

Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top for sure. Let it melt a bit and oh my.

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This is what our brussel sprouts in the air fryer looked like when they were done. That is, before they were tossed in the 2nd round of sauce.

Why did we use two rounds of sauce??

  • Tossing brussels in olive oil, a bit of lemon juice and seasonings allows the outsides to crisp. 
  • Drizzling on a bit more after they’ve taken a trip in the air fryer amplifies the flavor!
  • Total time = 15 minutes to deliciousness

How you know how long to cook things in an air fryer?

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What you need to make air fryer brussel sprouts

  1. Brussel sprouts – this used 1.5 lbs. 
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Dijon mustard
  4. Butter
  5. Olive oil
  6. Garlic salt & pepper
  7. Lemon – fresh is best
  8. A freezer bag is helpful to toss them initially

Optional add ins or to sprinkle on top:

  • Chili powder or dry Sriracha for a little heat
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar on top when cooked
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Are brussels sprouts a superfood?

They are considered a cold weather superfood. Packed with immunity boosting vitamin c and cancer fighting traits, these small green balls are among the most powerful type vegetable superfoods. 

  • I heard brussel sprouts can reduce cholesterol, that is why I went on a quest to like them years ago. Mine was on the high side (runs in the family) and I aimed to find natural ways to lower it.
  • Of course eating foods high in fiber was one focus, and eliminating the butter on this recipe is best, but certain foods were better than others like: 
  1. Avocados
  2. Nuts are great, especially almonds
  3. Fish is a huge love already
  4. Whole grains
  5. Fruits and berries
  6. Dark chocolate is always a fave
  7. Garlic is something I add to every recipe now

Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

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Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer

Brussel sprouts in the air fryer are just amazing! Tender brussels with a bit of a crispy outside will get you to love this understated vegetable. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, brussel sprouts, brussels, crispy, side dish, vegetable
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 183kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Put brussel sprouts with ends cut off and sliced in half lengthwise in a bag or bowl. Add olive oil, 1 tsp garlic salt, chili powder, squeeze 1/2 your lemon, and apple cider vinegar into your baggie or bowl. Toss with brussel sprouts.
  • Pour coated brussels into your air fryer basket and close lid. Cook at 390 degrees for a total of 15 minutes, stirring/flipping pieces over twice during that total time. (so every 5 minutes)
  • When that is cooking melt your butter and whisk in 1/4 of garlic salt, pepper, the other 1/2 of your lemon juice, and dijon mustard together.
  • When brussel sprouts are done pour them in a bowl and toss with this butter mixture.
  • Serve topped with shredded parmesan cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 825mg36%
Potassium 698mg20%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1465IU29%
Vitamin C 158.9mg193%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Patricia Kay

Monday 19th of October 2020

Dear Justine, I started out today printing the Air Fryer Fish recipe. That took me to the AF Cauliflower, AF Fried Green Tomatoes, AF Okra - well, you get the picture!! I love my Ninja Foodi because of all of the great recipes to make for us!! Just in case no one has told you this - YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Thanks so much for all the recipes!!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thanks for the note, love hearing from you. ;)


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

I followed this recipe exactly, and it was delicious! I usually oven-roast my Brussels sprouts with olive oil and garlic salt, but air frying them in the Ninja Foodi was just as easy and the sauce Took it up a notch. I will use this recipe regularly.

Abigail Sotto Raines

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

I have tasted some delicious food made in the air fryer so I am so keen to get one soon. I am sure to love this Brussels sprouts made there, too!

Nellie Tracy

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

I have never thought about doing brussels sprouts in the air fryer. Looks delicious!


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

What a great recipe! I love how easy it is! I'll be making this again for sure!

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