Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

updated Sep 27, 2022
Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

This easy, flavorful side takes no time at all, thanks to the air fryer.


Prep10 minutes

Cook15 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

The air fryer has become my new favorite weeknight sous chef. It allows me to happily cook up our main on the stovetop while it works away, virtually unattended. All I have to do is wait for that delightful “ding,” which tells me the food needs a flip or is ready to eat.

All veggies in the air-fryer are so good — thanks to the super-hot circulating air, they’re sweeter, crunchier, and more flavorful than if I had roasted them — and Brussels sprouts are no exception. In fact, Brussels sprouts may be the perfect veggie to cook in the air fryer. Their insides become tender while their outsides crisp to perfection.

The Crispiest Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

You can get decently crispy Brussels sprouts in a hot oven, but anyone who has eaten fried Brussels sprouts at a restaurant knows that greater crispiness exists. Now, thanks to the air fryer, you can enjoy that deep-fried texture at home. Just be sure to halve any large sprouts so that they can get tender inside with a relatively short cook time, and make sure to spread them into a single layer.

While these Brussels sprouts are delicious on their own, a little shallot butter and vinegar mixture — made while they air fry — makes them feel like a more complete side. Use the same bowl you used to coat the Brussels sprouts in oil to combine melted butter, a minced shallot and a splash of vinegar, and you officially have the best weeknight Brussels sprouts.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

This easy, flavorful side takes no time at all, thanks to the air fryer.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes


Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    Brussels sprouts

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1

    medium shallot

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon

    red wine vinegar


  1. Heat an air fryer to 375ºF. Meanwhile, trim 1 pound Brussels sprouts and halve any that are larger than an inch wide. Transfer to a medium bowl, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and toss to combine.

  2. Add the Brussels sprouts to the air fryer and shake into a single layer. Air fry, stopping to shake the basket (or rotate the pans in larger air fryers) about halfway through, for 15 minutes total. Meanwhile, prepare the shallot butter.

  3. Finely chop 1 medium shallot. Place 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave. (Alternatively, melt in a medium saucepan over low heat, then remove from the heat.) Add the shallots and 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar and stir to combine.

  4. When the Brussels sprouts are ready, transfer into the bowl or saucepan with the shallot butter and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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