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  • Writer's pictureNikki Bidun

Air-Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables and air frying them brings out their best qualities--these crispy Brussel sprouts are the perfect snack or side.

What makes these Brussel Sprouts so good?

There are two key techniques to make these tender, crispy and tasty

Soaking them

Soaking the Brussel sprouts in water for 20 minutes helps soften them up for cooking. It will also help get rid of some of the bitterness. This step is optional but it will really help take these sprouts up a notch.

Adding acid

Using vinegar or lemon juice in the dressing helps take away some of the bitterness as well.


Dietary Information

This recipe is vegetarian and can be made vegan with swapping out the honey for maple syrup.


Air-Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Time: 30 minutes


- 1lb brussel sprouts, halved

- 3 tbsp olive oil

- salt


- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or apple juice

- 2 tbsp honey

- 1 tsp chili flakes (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add trimmed Brussel sprouts and fill with cold water until sprouts are submerged. Let soak 20 minutes.

  2. Drain and dry Brussel sprouts. Season with 3 tbsp olive oil, a big pinch of salt and ground black pepper.

  3. Add sprouts to the pan of an air-fryer and cook at 400ºF for 12 minutes (if small) to 15 minutes (if larger). About half-way through, take out the air-fryer pan and shake the sprouts to turn. When finished, the sprouts should be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  4. Add the sprouts back to the mixing bowl and sprinkle with 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp chili flakes (if using). Enjoy right away!

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