A delicious side dish of crispy brussels sprouts made in the air fryer. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect side dish or snack.
Brussels sprouts were never my favorite veggie. In fact we do not have Brussels sprouts in India. They were never grown there. After moving to the US, it took me a while to start eating them. Even then I was not sure how to cook them.
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But now after multiple tries, the best way I like them is fried or baked when they become crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. That said, fried is not the healthiest choice and I tend to avoid frying.
However since I got my Instant Vortex Air Fryer, these have become a staple snack in our house. I have also been trying to reduce carbs and gluten in our diet, so these become an ideal choice. They are also Keto.
I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and see what I found. They were selling a stalk of Brussels sprouts. I instantly bought them as I am sure many people have never seen these. Today we will use these and make Amazing Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.
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You can also try our other favorites – Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Indian Brussels Sprouts Curry.
How to make Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer?
Firstly, if you find a stalk of Brussels sprouts, then remove them from the stalk. You don’t need a knife, just push them downwards with your fingers and they should pop out.
Most of the time, I just find them in a bag at the grocery store, which is great too. Some people have asked if they can use frozen one’s. However I recommend to use fresh one’s for the best crispy taste.
Rinse them with water to clean and pat dry with a paper towel. I used about 10 sprouts for this recipe (about 7-8 oz). Cut the bottom stem, then cut each brussels sprout in half.
Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and garlic powder. Garlic powder and balsamic vinegar is certainly optional, but we love the taste and the balsamic galze. If you like a them spicy, add some red chili flakes.
Air fry them at 360°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly browned on the outside. Shake them half way through.
How to roast Brussels Sprouts in the oven?
Follow the same process to get the brussels sprouts mixed with olive oil and seasoning. Spread them on a baking tray. Bake in oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending upon your oven and the size of sprouts.
Enjoy the Brussels Sprouts
Drizzle some lime juice. Enjoy as is or with a dip of garlic thyme mayonnaise. They are divine!!
Tips for perfect Air Fryer Brussels sprouts
- If you can, buy similar sized Brussels sprouts so they all cook evenly.
- You want the Brussels sprouts to be in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- If you are doubling the recipe, then cook in multiple batches. Note that as the air fryer is already heated with the first batch, the second batch will cook quicker.
- Toss them in buffalo sauce or sweet sriracha. I have had these at BJ’s restaurant and they are awesome.
- Add Parmesan and breadcrumbs with the olive oil before cooking. Or just sprinkle some parmesan on the top before serving.
If you like this recipe, check out other Air Fryer recipes:
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