Air fryer Brussels sprouts get crispy and deliciously golden brown with very little oil thanks to the magic of the air fryer! With optional hot honey glaze.
Coming back at you with another air fryer recipe! The air fryer chicken nuggets are so popular but I’m thinking it’s time for an air fryer vegetable recipe. I have a bunch more air fryer recipes, from breakfast to dessert, that I’m sure you’ll like, too. I think my air fryer is my new bestie!
Of course, if you don’t have an air fryer, I still have you covered with over 1,000 recipes that are not made in this specific kitchen appliance.
In fact, I have lots of Brussels sprouts recipes that are made using other methods. Try these roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries and walnuts, roasted Brussels sprouts with Asiago, smoked paprika and shallot Brussels sprouts, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, or creamy cheesy Brussels sprouts au gratin. All delicious choices!
Or if you’d rather have salad, try shaved Brussels sprouts salad with grapes and Parmesan or Brussels sprouts salad with green apples and cranberries.
But if you do have an air fryer and want to give these a go, it’s a great way to enjoy Brussels. When you air fry them, they get super crispy with a very small amount of oil. In fact, they’d probably get nearly as crispy with no oil, but I like the flavor that a little olive oil adds.
About This Recipe
While these Brussels sprouts really are great on their own, I’ve added an optional glaze. Brussels sprouts have become really popular on restaurant menus and they always have a fantastic sauce or glaze. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! Even professed Brussels sprouts haters enjoy these sauce drenched (usually deep-fried) goodies.
The easy glaze I’ve added to this recipe is so good! I made them recently for lunch with my mom and we polished off an entire pound bag of sprouts. We just couldn’t stop eating them. The hot honey glaze adds a nice touch of sweetness, with a bit of a sizzle on the tongue. I think you’re really going to love it and it’s easy to make – just 4 ingredients and no extra dishes.
I’ll run through the recipe here to get you started. As always, look for the printable recipe card near the end of the post with complete instructions and nutrition information.
What You’ll Need
- Brussels Sprouts: Look for firm, compact, dark green Brussels sprouts that don’t have worm holes and aren’t shriveled. Keep reading for more about prepping the sprouts.
- Olive Oil: Use at least one tablespoon, more if you like.
- Salt and Pepper: Coarse salt, such as kosher salt, and coarsely ground black pepper provide nice little bursts of flavor.
- Honey: The glaze is a homemade butter “hot honey” sauce. Hot honey is quite popular lately and you’ll see why once you’ve tried it.
- Butter: Because everything’s better with butter!
- Red Wine Vinegar: Provides just a bit of acidity which counteracts any bitterness and also balances the sweetness of the hot honey.
- Red Pepper Flakes: For a pleasant little burn, red pepper flakes are added to the sauce. You can easily add more or less, according to your taste.
How to Prep Brussels Sprouts
It can seem tricky if it’s the first time you’ve done it but it’s really very easy to prep these “mini cabbages.”
- Wash them well using a strainer or colander.
- Using a sharp knife, cut off the stem. It’s very tough to chew so you want to remove it, about even with the edge of the sprout.
- Peel away any wilted outer leaves. Don’t worry if some of the good leaves fall off too. Don’t throw them away because they get really nice and crispy and may be the best part!
- Cut the sprouts in half lengthwise, from top to bottom, but if they’re very large, quarter them. The goal is to get them all approximately the same size so they cook evenly.
- If you’re a visual learner, take a look at this YouTube video, which will show you how to prep Brussels.
How To Air Fry Brussels Sprouts
Preheat the air fryer to 380ºF. Don’t worry if you forget to get it started. I’ve found that air fryers preheat so quickly that it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if it’s preheated or not.
Once the sprouts are prepped, add them to a medium bowl. Toss them with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
Put them into the air fryer basket in an even layer.
Air fry for eight to ten minutes, shaking the basket once or twice to ensure they brown evenly. If you like them really brown, keep cooking them until they are just right for you.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning on adding the glaze, you can prep that while the sprouts are in the air fryer. Use the same bowl and add the sauce ingredients to it. Microwave on high until the butter melts and the honey is runny. Stir well.
Add the roasted Brussels to the bowl with the glaze and toss until each sprout is well-coated with glaze. Serve immediately.
Brussels sprouts are a good side dish but we love them as a healthy snack, too! They’re almost as good as popcorn (can you believe I just said that?!).
More air fryer recipes
Looking for more easy recipes for your air fryer? I’ve got you covered! Here’s just a few:
- Air Fryer Hand Pies — enjoy freshly baked individual pies in less than 10 minutes!
- Air Fryer Zucchini Chips — just sliced zucchini, a bit of oil, salt and pepper.
- Air Fryer Tater Tots — yes, you can make your own tater tots from scratch.
- Air Fryer Salmon — probably our favorite way to prepare salmon!
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer French Fries
- Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
- Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich, with variations!
- Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies from Air Fryer Eats
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