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Become an expert in cooking sprouts and carrots with the help of your air fryer. Achieve the perfect balance of crispiness, tenderness and healthiness with this easy recipe.
Why you’ll love this easy air fryer sprouts recipe
These easy air fryer sprouts are a game-changer when cooking Brussels sprouts. They are so easy to make and what is great is that you can prepare them in advance and roast them in the air fryer when you are ready.
They offer a delectable combination of a crispiness and tenderness texture. While also being really full of flavour.
This recipe elevates these humble vegetables to a whole new level of deliciousness.
For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.
Brussels sprouts look like miniature cabbage that often get a bad reputation. However, they are about to undergo a miraculous transformation in your air fryer.
When it comes to Brussels sprouts, many people have memories of soggy, overcooked vegetables that were far from enjoyable. But with the help of your air fryer, you can say goodbye to those disappointing vegetables and hello to perfectly cooked sprouts.
The magic of the air fryer lies in its ability to circulate hot air around the food, creating a crispy exterior while maintaining a tender and flavorful centre. This means that Brussels sprouts no longer have to be a mushy, bland side dish; they can now become a star on your plate.
For this recipe, you’ll need a drizzle of olive oil to coat the sprouts and help them achieve that desired crispness.
Olive oil complements Brussels sprouts really well as it doesn’t have a strong flavour it won’t fight against the sprouts.
How to Make easy air fryer sprouts – Step by Step
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Remove the outer layers of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half for a quicker cooking time. You can keep them whole if you want.
Boil a saucepan of water and parboil the sprouts for 3 minutes if cut in half or for 5 minutes if they are whole.
Drizzle over the olive oil, and stir in the garlic along with the salt and pepper.
Roast the sprouts in the air fryer for about 8 minutes. I prefer the sprouts to be slightly crispy so I normally add a minute or 2.
Consider the size of your Brussels sprouts before placing them in the air fryer. To ensure consistent cooking, try to select sprouts of similar size. This way, they will all cook at the same rate. It’s also worth turning the vegetables over halfway through.
After drizzling the oil over the sprouts in a bowl, gently toss them to coat them evenly. Be cautious not to go overboard with the oil, as it may result in greasy sprouts. A light and even coating is all you need to strike the ideal balance between crispness and flavour.
Give your sprouts enough space in the air fryer. Overcrowding the air fryer can lead to uneven cooking. By allowing some space between each sprout, you create optimal airflow.
Serving Suggestions for easy air fryer sprouts
There is nothing better than serving these air fryer sprouts with a roast dinner.
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I use the Cosori Air Fryer 4.7L air fryer and I would really recommend it. It’s easy to use and really easy to clean too. It has clear-to-use buttons and an easy-to-remove basket for cleaning.
Substitutions and variations
Seasoning and spices
Try experimenting with different seasonings and spices to boost the flavour of your sprouts. Whether you prefer a classic blend of salt and pepper or want to venture into more adventurous combinations like garlic powder and paprika, don’t hesitate to get creative.
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Honey
Honey adds a touch of natural sweetness but also helps caramelise the sprouts as they cook, creating a delicious glaze.
Once your sprouts are evenly coated, carefully transfer them to the air fryer proof dish. Spread them out to ensure they cook evenly and become crispy on all sides. Remember to shake the basket halfway through cooking.
(Once the sprouts are par-boiled, replace the oil with honey and follow the same cooking instructions.)
Balsamic Honey Glaze
To create the Balsamic Honey Glaze for your spouts, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients; balsamic vinegar, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and two tablespoons of honey. Stir the mixture gently until the honey is fully dissolved and the ingredients are well combined.
Once the glaze is ready, it’s time to coat your parboiled Brussels sprouts. Place the sprouts in a large bowl and drizzle the glaze over them. Use a spoon or tongs to toss the sprouts gently, ensuring that each one is coated with the delicious glaze. Then cook as per the instructions as in the recipe card below.
The balsamic vinegar brings a tangy, slightly acidic note to the sprouts, perfectly complementing the natural sweetness of the honey. As the glaze caramelises in the air fryer, it forms a delightful sticky coating that adds depth and richness to each bite.
Add with Parmesan
Grate your Parmesan cheese over the sprouts before you roast them in the air fryer. Cheesey sprouts are a glorious way to enjoy them.
Add with Bacon
To add bacon to your air-fried sprouts, simply cook your bacon in a separate pan until it reaches its crispy perfection.
Once the bacon is cooked and crispy, remove it from the skillet and let it cool slightly. Next, crumble or chop the bacon into small pieces. When the Brussels sprouts are done air-frying, sprinkle the bacon pieces on top of the sprouts.
With the addition of bacon, these air-fried sprouts become even more versatile. They can be enjoyed as a delightful side dish but also as a tasty topping for salads, sandwiches, or even as a standalone dish.
Storing easy air fryer sprouts / Making ahead of time options
Once the sprouts have cooled, place them in an airtight container or resealable bag. It’s best to use a container that is just the right size to avoid leaving excess air space, as this can cause the sprouts to dry out.
To further extend the shelf life of your cooked sprouts, store them in the refrigerator. This will help maintain their freshness for up to 3-4 days.
- How long to cook halved brussel sprouts in air fry?
- Why did my brussel sprouts burn in the air fryer?
- Do you need to soak Brussels Sprouts before cooking?
- Is it better to roast Brussel sprouts whole or cut in half?
How long to cook halved brussel sprouts in air fryer?
Halved Brussel sprouts take about 4-6 minutes to cook in the air fryer when they have been par-boiled. From raw they will take about 10-14 minutes in the air fryer.
I would definitely recommend parboiling the spouts first for the best results.
Why did my brussel sprouts burn in the air fryer?
The best way to make sure your sprouts don’t burn in the air fryer is to be sure to cook them at the right temperature. Parboiling will also help reduce the possibility of burning your sprouts. It’s also important to turn the sprouts halfway through.
Do you need to soak Brussels Sprouts before cooking?
You don’t need to soak Brussels Sprouts before cooking. All you need to do to prepare sprouts is to remove the outer layer and if keeping them whole trim off the a little bit of the stalk. This removes where they have dried out.
Is it better to roast Brussel sprouts whole or cut in half?
I prefer roasting Brussel sprouts cut in half as they are easier to eat when they are cooked. When they are whole sometimes they can fly off plates when you try to cut them! A bite-size piece always gets my vote.
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Easy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- 400 g Brussels Sprouts
- Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cloves Garlic (or 1 teaspoon of crushed or easy garlic)
- Remove the outer layers of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half for a quicker cooking time. You can keep them whole if you want.400 g Brussels Sprouts
- Boil a saucepan of water and parboil the sprouts for 3 minutes if cut in half. 5 minutes if whole.
- Drain the sprouts and add to the baking tin.
- Drizzle over the olive oil, and stir in the garlic along with the salt and pepper.Olive Oil, Salt and pepper, 2 cloves Garlic
When you are ready to cook the Brussels sprouts
- Add the sprouts to the air fryer and set the temperature to 180ºC / 356ºF.
- Roast the sprouts for about about 5 minutes if cut in half and 6-8 minutes for whole sprouts. I prefer the sprouts to be slightly crispy so normally add a minute or two extra. Give them a stir halfway through cooking.
- They are ready to serve.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.