Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are amazingly crispy brussels sprouts made with minimal oil, and tossed in lemon and parmesan.  They’re a healthy appetizer or side that’s ready in about 20 minutes!

air fryer brussels sprouts in white bowl with lemon slices and spoon

I’m always late to the game when it comes to new food trends.  I prefer to take a wait and see approach as to whether a food trend fizzles out quickly or if it has staying power. 

I waited way too long to purchase an Instant Pot and air fryer, and now I don’t know what I’d do without either of them.  

I was especially skeptical before I bought my Air Fryer.  I heard great things about it and finally took the plunge, and I’m happy to report that I love it even more than I thought I would. 

It’s so easy to use and the clean up is a breeze.  I wouldn’t share an air fryer recipe with you if I didn’t think this appliance is completely worth the money. 

I’ve only scratched the surface thus far, but these Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts have been one of my favorite things to make! 

front shot of air fryer brussels sprouts in white serving bowl with lemon and parmesan

Why you’ll love these air fried brussels sprouts

  • Brussels sprouts are amazingly tender and crispy.
  • Flavors are fresh, bright and savory with lemon and parmesan.
  • They’re low in fat, making them a healthy alternative to most fried brussels sprouts recipes.
  • This recipe is fast and easy.  The brussels sprouts are on the table in 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • Clean up is a breeze!
  • Recipe is easily customizable.  Omit parmesan cheese to make vegan and dairy free.

Benefits to air fried brussels sprouts

We all love crispy brussels sprouts right?  The problem is that most fried brussels sprouts are very unhealthy because they’re fried in an excessive amount of fat.

Air fryers make it possible to fry brussels sprouts with little or no oil, making it the healthiest alternative by far.

Bear in mind that these air fryer brussels sprouts taste healthier, and are much different than traditional fried brussels sprouts.  

If you’re not a fan of greasy, fried food, the air fryer is the perfect solution.

overhead shot of crispy brussels sprouts in white serving bowl with spoon

Crispy brussels sprouts recipe ingredients

There are only 4 ingredients in this air fryer brussels sprouts recipe, so they come together very quickly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Parmesan cheese

How to make air fryer brussels sprouts

This recipe is extremely easy and takes under 5 minutes of prep.

process collage of air fryer brussels sprouts before and after air frying

  • Prep the brussels sprouts.  Trim, halve and remove outer leaves.  Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste until well coated.
  • Air fry the brussels sprouts.  Make sure the crisper plate is in the air fryer basket.  Pour the brussels sprouts onto the plate and close.  Turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 390 degrees for 15 minutes.  Press pause and shake the brussels sprouts once or twice for more even cooking.  
  • Serve.  Toss the air fryer brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Do you need to preheat the air fryer?

It’s not necessary to preheat your air fryer, but if you don’t it may result in your food taking longer to cook.  

I did not preheat my air fryer and the brussels sprouts were very tender and crispy after 15 minutes. 

All air fryers vary, so consult the manufacturer’s instructions for more information.

How to serve air fried brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts may be served as a side dish or appetizer.  

Recipe notes

  • My brussels sprouts were perfectly charred and crispy after 15 minutes, but all air fryers vary. Begin checking for doneness around 10 minutes and continue cooking accordingly until the brussels sprouts have the desired level of crispness.
  • This recipe is easy doubled, but I recommend cooking in (2) separate batches.
  • Omit the parmesan cheese to make this recipe vegan and dairy free. Toss with nutritional yeast if desired.
  • Store leftover brussels sprouts in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Note that they will soften once they’re stored.

angled overhead shot of air fried brussels sprouts in serving bowl with spoon and linen alongside

Additional brussels sprouts recipes you’ll enjoy:

Brussels sprouts with bacon by Food Network

Kale and brussels sprout salad

Roasted brussels sprouts

Shaved brussels sprouts salad

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are amazingly crispy brussels sprouts made with minimal oil, and tossed in lemon and parmesan.  They're a healthy appetizer or side that's ready in about 20 minutes!

air fryer brussels sprouts in white bowl with lemon slices and spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed, outer leaves removed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Toss the brussels sprouts with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper, to taste in a medium bowl until well coated.
  2. Place the brussels sprouts in the basket of an air fryer on top of the crisper plate (I use this Ninja Air Fryer). Turn on the air fryer and select 390 degrees and set for 15 minutes. Press the Start button and pause 2-3 times during the cooking time to shake the brussels sprouts for more even cooking.
  3. After cooking, toss the crispy brussels sprouts with the parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • My brussels sprouts were perfectly charred and crispy after 15 minutes, but all air fryers vary. Begin checking for doneness around 10 minutes and continue cooking accordingly until the brussels sprouts have desired level of crispness.
  • This recipe is easy doubled, but I recommend cooking in (2) separate batches.
  • Omit the parmesan cheese to make this recipe vegan and dairy free. Toss with nutritional yeast if desired.
  • Store leftover brussels sprouts in an air tight container for up to 3 days. They will soften once they're stored.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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