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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Crispy and tender Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. A great side dish and now even easier in the air fryer! A hint of garlic and a spicy buffalo ranch dipping sauce bring the flavor level up a few notches!

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When it comes to air frying your favorite vegetables, create the perfect side dish from these crispy brussels sprouts.

Healthy vegetables usually get a bad rap because they aren’t flavorful. But it’s all about finding the best way to cook them.

This is one of the greatest easy recipes for making parmesan brussels sprouts with a few simple ingredients to go along with your weeknight dinners. 

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts Recipe

These crispy sprouts have become my new favorite way of making an easy side dish for dinner. If you’re a big fan of brussels sprouts, you’re going to love the crunch factor that you get the first time you make these.

This recipe is perfect for anyone who is looking for a low carb recipe or just wants to add more veggies into their diet.

With only 6 ingredients, these tender brussels sprouts are a great way to make sure your meal plans are well rounded and delicious.

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Ingredients Needed

Brussel sprouts – If you can’t find fresh brussels sprouts, you can use a frozen pound brussels sprouts instead. 

Olive oil – The tablespoon of oil can be replaced with avocado oil as needed. 

Garlic – Replace fresh garlic cloves with garlic powder if necessary. 

Salt – I like pink himalayan sea salt, but you can use any salt that you have on hand. 

Buffalo hot sauce – Frank’s RedHot is a popular option, but use your favorite. 

Ranch dressing – You can buy bottled ranch, or if you’re feeling adventurous, make your own. 

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How To Make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts 

First: Cut tough bottom core off the stalk of the Brussel sprouts. Remove the top single layer of outer leaves, putting them aside.

Second: Halve sprouts (or quarter for the larger sprouts), making sure that the size of the sprouts is no bigger than the width of your thumb.

Third: Mix a bit of olive oil with garlic in a medium bowl. Coat your cut Brussel sprouts in the oil and garlic mixture.

Fourth: Place them into the air fryer basket at 350 degrees F for a cook time of around 15 minutes. Shake every 5 minutes to evenly cook the surface area until they reach the best results based on your preferences.

Fifth: While they’re cooking, mix ranch and hot sauce to create a dip, adding more hot sauce to taste. When sprouts have reached their optimal browning, remove to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining leave and sprouts.

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Serving Suggestions

I highly recommend serving these roasted brussels sprouts with other easy-to-make air fryer recipes, including a delicious air fryer salmon topped with a balsamic vinegar glaze and lemon zest.

These Brussel sprouts also go well with traditional comfort foods, like fried chicken and biscuits. 

Do I have to use an airfryer for this recipe?

Although you can use a convection oven for this recipe and place your brussel sprouts on a baking sheet, cooking in the air fryer uses less oil, and can cut down on the cooking time.

This is why I typically prefer it to the regular oven for my favorite veggie.

Personally, I have found that the best air fryers are the ones with a bigger basket, so that you can cook enough for a family.

Having too small of a basket is a common problem, so I purchased a Ninja Foodi and it’s been a great addition to my kitchen arsenal. 

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How can I make sure they stay tender in the middle?

One of the most challenging things when making cooked brussels sprouts is finding the perfect balance between tender and crispy results.

Making air fryer vegetables is an art, and there is a trick to making sure that the brussel sprouts are cooked for enough time to make them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Before coating in garlic/oil mixture, try soaking your brussel sprouts for around 10 minutes. Use a paper towel to remove the excess moisture before mixing with the oil/garlic and baking.

Can I use other vegetables?

If you’re not a fan of brussel sprouts, you can also try making air fryer broccoli with the same ingredients, or mini cabbages. For all my chefs that want to include a little more vitamin C in their diet, air fryer cauliflower is also a great choice.

hand dipping a sprout in ranch

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container. To reheat, pop in the basket and cook at the same air fryer temperatures mentioned in the recipe, adding a few extra minutes to account for having been in the fridge.
  • If you prefer sweet over salty, try creating a mixture of sweet maple syrup and soy sauce to toss your brussel sprouts in.
  • To kick your brussel sprouts up a notch, add in some salty bacon and top with parmesan cheese, onion powder, lime juice, or black pepper. You can also add some additional salt, based on your preferences.
  • For tender and flavorful brussel sprouts without the crunch, try cooking the whole thing in the instant pot instead.
  • To avoid using a ton of oil, try buying a cooking spray, rather than drizzling from the bottle.

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This Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe is a delicious option for weeknight dinners – and the best part? They’re super easy to make, so you don’t have to spend a ton of time creating the perfect side for your family to enjoy.

close up view of crispy air fryer Brussels sprouts

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Buffalo Ranch Dipping Sauce

Crispy and tender Brussels sprouts are a great side dish and now even easier in the air fryer! A hint of garlic and a spicy buffalo ranch dipping sauce bring the flavor level up a few notches!
4.80 from 15 votes
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Course: Best Tapas and Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts ~ 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Trim sprouts by cutting off the section that attaches to the stalk and remove any loose leaves and save the leaves.
  • Half or quarter the sprouts to be all the same size, not larger than the diameter of your thumb.
  • Mix the olive oil and garlic in a bowl.
  • Toss the quarters/halves in the oil and garlic mixture.
  • Add them to the airfryer and cook at 350F for 15 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes, checking for your level of doneness that you prefer.
  • While they are cooking, prep the buffalo ranch dip by mixing the ranch and hot sauce to your level of spiciness.
  • When the sprouts are done, remove to a serving bowl.
  • Toss the loose sprout leaves in the leftover oil/garlic mixture.
  • Add to airfryer basket and cook at 350F for 1-3 minutes or until crispy but not burnt.
  • Remove and eat as a snack or sprinkle on top of sprout quarters/halves as a nice crunchy topping.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container. To reheat, pop in the basket and cook at the same air fryer temperatures mentioned in the recipe, adding a few extra minutes to account for having been in the fridge.
  • If you prefer sweet over salty, try creating a mixture of sweet maple syrup and soy sauce to toss your brussel sprouts in.
  • To kick your brussel sprouts up a notch, add in some salty bacon and top with parmesan cheese, onion powder, lime juice, or black pepper. You can also add some additional salt, based on your preferences.
  • For tender and flavorful brussel sprouts without the crunch, try cooking the whole thing in the instant pot instead.
  • To avoid using a ton of oil, try buying a cooking spray, rather than drizzling from the bottle.
Recipe originally published 06/24/19 – Photos and recipe notes updated 11/05/22 for better user experience.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

(Originally published 06/24/19 – Photos and recipe notes updated 11/05/22 for better user experience.)

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4.80 from 15 votes (14 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Karen

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

This turned out exactly as pictured! Super easy, very good - probably the best Brussel sprouts I've ever made.

Tricia

Monday 13th of April 2020

Very easy and very good! Didn't even make the sauce, we ate it right from the air fryer. Quartered all brussel sprouts and added the leaves that fell off about 1/2 way through cooking.

EloSchu

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

First time using my AirFryer and loveeeee this recipe.... cannot believe how easy, delicious and crispy these are!! Thank you for sharing...I will be topping these with some balsamic cream.

Jennifer

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Thank you! That balsamic cream sounds amazing!

Grace

Friday 19th of July 2019

Delicious!

Kathy

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

I borrowed my mom's airfrier because I wanted to make this recipe. I am glad I did! It was absolutely delicious!