Last updated on February 10th, 2020 at 11:05 am
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!
Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
If you are like me and start a new “healthy eating” regimen only to fall off the wagon a few weeks later because it’s too hard, I have a great recipe for you that you are going to love! If you love Brussels sprouts of course…
I am not one to get sucked into all the new food trends or gadgets, even though I finally got an electric pressure cooker (as a gift) but this airfryer trend that is front and center is no joke. I got one and love it!
This prompted me to start looking for air fryer recipes not just for side dishes and meats, but for appetizers! I am not one for full meals as you know so I need something I can make my snacks in. Of all the airfryer recipes I found on Pinterest, sprouts seem to be the favorite for veggies.
I adapted one for my liking and found that I love using the trendy airfryer because it is like a small convection oven that doesn’t heat up my kitchen like my full size oven does.
And my son loves it because he can make pizza rolls in 6 minutes instead of the regular 30. You are going to love this Brussels sprouts so much you will add it to your list of easy air fryer recipes for all year long!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy air fryer Brussels sprouts recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes
Aside from all the other delicious cheesy appetizers and snacks you can make in the air fryer, vegetables are a great food to cook in one. I love roasted vegetables in the oven because they stay slightly crisp tender but they also get a slight char on the edges of the leaves.
These Brussels sprouts are so easy to make and one of the most delicious vegetables I have had. Here are a few tips to getting them just right!
Tip One: trim off the leaves that are low on the stalk or that fall off when you trim the end off
Tip Two: keep the loose leaves and the sprout halves/quarters separate as they cook for different times
Tip Three: if the sprout is larger than 1 inch in diameter you will need to half them
Tip Four: if the half is still too big then quarter them
Tip Five: when cutting the sprout make sure to cut through the stalk or all the leaves will fall apart
Because the air fryer doesn’t use oil, I did in this case for optimal garlic stickage, this recipe is still full on air fryer healthy and diet restriction friendly. Especially for Keto and Whole30!
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How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Making Brussels used to mean boiling in water with a bit of sugar (so I was told by someone much more experienced (OLD Person) than me, but I never cooked mine this way. I have always roasted them but roasting has it’s own challenges.
Loose leaves that burn, unevenly sized pieces means some are soft and some are still raw, and cleaning up that baking sheet with stuck on oil. The airfryer eliminates most of these if you follow the tips above and are open to one extra step.
Step One: trim the sprouts as you normally would by cutting off the end where it was attached to the stalk. Any loose leaves I separate as not to waste and then cut the sprout in half.
Step Two: cut the sprouts. If the half is bigger than my thumb (in diameter) then I quarter it. Not all sprouts are created the same size so one might be ok whole and others might need to be cut down a bit.
Step Three: toss the quarters in a little oil and chopped garlic, salt and pepper if desired. Air fry the quarters/halves as listed in directions leaving the loose leaves out for now.
Step Four: once the sprouts are done frying and removed, toss the loose leaves in the remaining oil/garlic mixture.
Step Five: fry the leaves for a fraction of the time.
Step Six: eat the leaves as a crispy snack “chip” or add these to the top of the bowl of sprout quarters/halves for a crunchy topping!
Can you air fry frozen sprouts?
You can, but they do not come out as crispy and you might need to microwave them for a bit beforehand.
Can I make this recipe without oil?
You certainly can, I just use it to help keep the salt and garlic sticking to the sprouts.
Can I reheat the sprouts in the air fryer once they have been cooked?
Yes, you can just lower the temperature to 325 and heat in 3-4 minute increments, shaking in between.
How small do I need to chop the sprouts?
I use the rule that if the sprout is bigger than 2 inches I quarter them. If smaller, then keep in halves.
Do you need to preheat an air fryer?
Technically you don’t need to preheat an air fryer but I like to do that just because I think it jump starts the cooking process. I feel weird putting food in a cold appliance like an oven so I turn it on for just a minute or two while I am doing final prep work.
Buffalo Ranch dipping sauce is a great addition to these sprouts! The dip is not part of the healthy air fryer part and not really in the Paleo/Keto/Whole30 diet list but it is oh so delicious!
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Other Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Air Fryer Risotto Balls
- Air Fried Street Corn Empanadas
- Air Fried Caprese Empanadas
- Air Fryer Pretzel Bites
- Air Fryer Copy Cat Hooters Wings
Easy Air Fryer Sprouts Recipe
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts ~ 2 cups
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
Buffalo Ranch Dip
- 1 part buffalo hot sauce
- 1 part Ranch dressing
- 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.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6th
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
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