These air fryer brussels sprouts are next level. Thought you loved oven-baked brussels? Well, strap in because these are about to blow your mind and then some.
Using just a few simple and wholesome ingredients, you will have a healthy side dish or appetizer that pairs perfectly with just about any main. Did I mention these reheat amazingly? Meal-preppers rejoice!
Brussels sprouts are undeniably delicious, right? Well, they are also VERY good for you. Packed with nutrients and very little calories, these veggies always find their way onto my dinner table.
If you are already a friend of Momsdish, you probably are familiar with my air fryer recipes obsession. I love how little oil it uses, while providing such a great, “fried-like” texture! Plus, everything cooks in one pan and the clean-up is super easy.
What are The Best Foods to Cook in An Air Fryer?
There is literally no shortage of foods to air fry. I could go on-and-on here, but let me spare you the rambling by sharing some of my all-time favorite recipes:
- Air Fryer Chicken Wings: My Super Bowl party savior. Keep batches of fresh chicken wings coming…and quickly!
- Air Fryer Pork Chops: Pork chops are one of my go-to weeknight dinners. Making them in the air fryer gives them a nice outer crisp.
- Air Fryer Potato Chips: I have a chip obsession. But, I get it, they are terrible for me. These guilt-free chips are so close to the real thing, you won’t even miss the bagged stuff.
- Air Fryer Bacon: Okay, I know I put bacon at the bottom of this list, but make no mistake, it’s not because it’s my least favorite item to air fry. On the contrary, bacon is sooooooo tasty in the air fryer. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about grease popping on you!
Tips for Cooking Brussels Sprouts in an Air Fryer
- Cut Brussels sprouts into even-sized pieces. Brussels are dense veggies. Cut them in uniform pieces to make sure they cook evenly.
- Coat your air fryer tray. Before you pop your brussels in, make sure to coat the air fryer tray with cooking spray to prevent any sticking.
- Season thy brussels well! For me, a generous amount of oil, salt and pepper does the trick. But, garlic salt, parsley salt or your favorite seasoning salt works wonders too. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with the salt because you will be adding parmesan cheese as well!
- Hot tip: To perfectly coat each morsel, use a large mixing bowl to toss your Brussels sprouts with seasonings. Once they are well-coated, transfer them to the air fryer tray.
- Choose your cheese wisely. High-quality parmesan cheese makes a big difference. Skip the pre-shredded, bagged stuff. And, definitely forgo whatever comes in those “parmesan cheese” shakers and opt for a hunk of the good stuff that you will have to grate fresh. You’ll be happy you did when you sink your teeth into that perfect parmesan crust!
- Don’t overcrowd your Brussels sprouts. Layer your brussels evenly in the air fryer tray. If you want to get golden brown, super crispy brussels, you need to make sure they are exposed to the hot air circulating around them in the tray.
- If you overcrowd your brussels, get to shakin’. If you think you think you overcrowded your tray, don’t fret! Give the tray a little shake halfway through cooking to expose brussels that may have been covered up. You might have to increase your cooking time a bit to get them crispy and delicious!
Which Air Fryer to Use
I know, there are a ton of air fryers on the market. So, let me help cut through the noise:
- Gourmia 5 Qt Air Fryer: I have been using this air fryer for over a year and I love the functionality. It has a ton of presets for common foods (chicken, fries, steak, bacon, shrimp, etc.), which helps take the guesswork out of how long to cook certain things. It’s also super easy to clean, so no complaints there.
- Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Air Fryer: I haven’t used this one, but I definitely have my eye on it. This is a toaster oven, convection oven and air fryer all-in-one! If any of you snag it, please let me know how you like it in the comments below! I mean, cooking is a team effort, right?
- Wash and cup Brussels sprouts into bite size pieces. Season it with olive oil, garlic parsley salt and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Toss everything together.
- Place Brussels sprouts into an air fryer basket. Set air fryer to 390 °F and cook for 12 minutes. At a 6 minute mark, take out the basket and shake the Brussels sprouts to ensure all sides get crispy.
- Add bacon to the Brussels sprouts and air fry them for another 5 minutes.
- Serve Brussels sprouts right away.