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Balsamic Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer

How to cook frozen brussel sprouts air fryer recipe with balsamic vinegar glaze. Crispy roasted brussels is the best way of how to cook frozen brussel sprouts. Delicious vegetarian side dish we make weekly.

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Making frozen brussel sprouts in air fryer is the easiest healthy side dish. You just throw them in rock hard and they will be tender inside and crispy crunchy on the outside. Easy balsamic glaze instructions included too. One of many easy air fryer recipes we love. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

You may have cooked air fryer brussel sprouts already, but those were fresh and/or thawed out. Now that it is winter time and produce is slim at the store, you’re all about frozen vegetables now. It is easier to make than you think really.

Make them simple with these two items whisked together, or just sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve as is. I didn’t acquire a taste for these babies until I was in my 40’s but not I cannot get enough of them in all sorts of ways.

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

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How to Make Frozen Brussel Sprouts in Air Fryer

Where do you find these? If you have only bought veggies fresh or canned, frozen is so much better than the latter. I’m talking everything is better than out of a can. Submerged in water always makes a softer, soggy texture…that’s a no go for me.

This even goes for air fryer corn. It only takes a few more minutes than if you bought it fresh and most times you wouldn’t even know the difference in the end. You will want some liquid of sorts on the outside to keep them moist though. If you only want seasonings, and aren’t a fan of vinegar then drizzle with olive oil first.

I like this or avocado oil which will add a bit of moisture and allow the garlic salt or whatever you want to use to stick to the outsides of your air fryer frozen vegetables well. Once your air fryer basket is preheated it only takes about 15 minutes to cook roasted brussel sprouts perfectly. Add more time if you want the outside crunchier.

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Ninja Foodi Frozen Brussel Sprouts

You may have only only cooked brussel sprouts in the oven. That was how I did it for years and years until I got this little kitchen appliance. I started with this pressure cooker and air fryer and then my Cosori arrived. Now I have two so I can cook two things at once, yes my oven is jealous. This is what you’ll need:

  1. Bag of frozen brussel sprouts
    1. these are whole, if they’re halved I would adjust timing to closer to 12 minutes cook time
  2. Balsamic vinegar
  3. Melted butter
  4. Salt and pepper to taste

What is the best way to cook frozen brussel sprouts?

If you are a texture person like I am, this is it. You will not only get fork tender centers but the outside can be as crispy as you want it to become. Just a light olive oil spray will enhance this with an extra minute or two. What else you can add to make them over the top and “fancier”.

  • Walnuts are great
  • Dried cranberries are my favorite
  • Pumpkin seeds some people like to add
  • Sprinkle in some sunflower seeds out of the shell to add some texture

Want to try this in your oven too? Try roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar instructions instead. Anything else you love with this?

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How to Roast Frozen Brussel Sprouts

I have provided a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for you. Of course we love to “see you” so you can just come back time and time again for instructions. I want to show you how easy this is though so I’m sharing a quick step by step here:

Frozen brussel sprouts Ninja Foodi cooking time

Set aside 20 minutes to make this. You want to make sure it is preheated before adding to cook at an even rate the whole time.

  • First you want to preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes. In a large bowl mix together all of your ingredients.
  • Pour into your air fryer basket. Spread out so they are in a single layer.
  • Air fry frozen brussels for about 15 to 20 minutes shaking the basket every 5 minutes or so.
  • Check for tenderness at the end. If you want them crispier, increase temperature to 400 for about 3 minutes or until as crispy on the outside as you want.
  • * If you want to add nuts and/or dried cranberries toss with 1 more tbsp. butter and vinegar. Then add after min. 10 and toss so everything is coated.

I would season with salt, pepper, garlic powder at the very end. Some may want less or more seasoned so I like to do that at the end to taste. If you need them gluten free you can add whatever appropriate sauce(s) combination that works for you.

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Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

If you do not care about the outside having a different texture you can enjoy our Instant Pot brussels sprouts recipe here. Those are good too and we use a lot of butter, oh my my mouth waters just thinking about them. Any way you make them, if you should have leftovers they save quite well to enjoy them the next day.

To save leftovers you should wait until they are at room temperature. Then I like to use a freezer bag so you can really suck all of the excess air out first. Then store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in your Ninja foodi or AirWave at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, shaking halfway thorough that time. This will get them crispy again.

After you make them this way you can transfer to a pan and make creamy cast iron brussel sprouts and air fryer frozen okra thereafter.

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Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer

How to cook frozen brussel sprouts air fryer recipe with balsamic vinegar glaze. Crispy roasted brussels are the best vegetarian side dish ever.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword air fryer, balsamic, brussel sprouts, ninja foodi, roasted
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 63kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes. In a bowl mix together all ingredients.
  • Pour into air fryer, spread out so there is little overlap. Cook for 15 minutes shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
  • Check for tenderness. If you want them crispier at the end increase temperature to 400 for about 3 minutes or until as crispy on the outside as you want.
  • * If you want to add nuts and/or dried cranberries do so after minute 10. First toss with 1 more tbsp of melted butter and vinegar so everything is coated. Pour in, shake basket and continue cooking until veggies are softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 559IU11%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 10th of April 2024

I made these brussels sprouts with dinner last night and they were excellent! A New go to side dish!


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

The balsamic vinegar is such a great addition to these brussel sprouts! They cooked up perfectly!


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

The balsamic glaze added the perfect touch of sweetness and the air fryer made them perfectly crispy. Such a delicious and easy side dish!


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Love this Frozen Brussel sprouts air fryer recipe, we love Brussels sprouts in my family, is one of our favorite side dishes. Will make this recipe soon, never try with cranberries and nuts. Thanks for sharing :)


Saturday 12th of February 2022

Thank you for air fryer instructions. I to have acquired the taste of these little babies in my 40's :)

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