Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

gray speckled bowl with roasted brussel sprouts cut in half

Air fryer brussel sprouts are my new favorite way to make brussel sprouts. They come out so crisp and cook much faster than in the oven. Even skeptics will be converted when they try this crispy brussels sprouts recipe. If you don’t have an Instant Pot air fryer or air fryer lid, you can use a traditional air fryer or bake them in the oven.

gray speckled bowl with roasted brussel sprouts cut in half

Introduction

I love my Duo Crisp air fryer and have been trying out lots of different recipes lately. My favorite things to make in my air fryer are roasted vegetables like these air fryer roasted potatoes and desserts like air fryer pound cake. Pound cake in the air fryer, you ask? You need to try the recipe – it’s one of my favorites!

I normally roast brussel sprouts in the oven but find the air fryer to be so much more convenient. The brussels sprouts come out much crispier and cook faster than when I make them in the oven. This recipe is has Asian flavors that complement but don’t overwhelm the vegetables.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot air fryer or air fryer lid, you can use a traditional air fryer. The recipe works just as well. I’ve also provided instructions in the recipe card on how to make roasted brussel sprouts in the oven too.

Here are some other Instant Pot Air Fryer Recipes you might enjoy:
Instant Pot Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Tips and Substitutions


How to prep the brussel sprouts

Cut off the stem of the brussel sprout first. If the brussel sprouts are large, I quarter them. If they’re medium-sized, I halve them and if they’re small, I leave them whole. This allows for even cooking. Try and buy similar-sized ones if possible. Find out more details about how to prep brussel sprouts.


Flavor variations

I make brussel sprouts with different seasonings. Sometimes I just add salt, pepper, and paprika if I have a main dish that is very flavorful. But these Asian brussels sprouts are my favorite.

If you feel that the spices aren’t enough or too overpowering, please adjust the quantity of the spices next time you make the recipe. I like things spicy and even add some extra sriracha sauce. You can also substitute sambal oelek, chili garlic sauce, or gochujang for the sriracha.

You can make the air fryer brussel sprouts with maple syrup instead of honey.

Another way to change up the recipe is to squeeze a little lime juice on the brussel sprouts after they’re done cooking. It gives the recipe an extra zing. I increase the quantity of honey if I plan on adding lime juice.

You can use pomegranate molasses or a balsamic glaze and omit the lime juice and honey. They’re two of my favorite ingredients when I roast veggies.

To make the air fryer brussel sprouts with bacon, precook the bacon and chop into small pieces. Add the bacon to the brussel sprouts before the last minute of air frying.


Tips to Prevent Sticking

I’ve found the best way to prevent food from sticking to the basket is to coat the basket with oil. I use a refillable sprayer (not the aerosol cooking spray cans which can ruin the coating on the basket) or I soak a paper towel with oil and coat the basket with oil.

Using my hands to apply the oil to the brussel sprouts is the best way to get maximum coverage. Just be sure to wash your hands really well afterwards!


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FAQS


Do the brussel sprouts need to be in one layer?

No, you can stack them in the basket but make sure they are evenly spread out. Also, make sure you don’t overfill the basket so air can circulate.

How do I make the brussel sprouts more tender without burning them?

These brussel sprouts come out pretty tender with a slight chew, just the way I like them. But if you want them to be softer on the inside, you have a few options.

You can air fry them for an extra minute. You can also soak the brussels sprouts in cold water for 10 minutes before air frying. Make sure you drain them and dry them before adding the spices.

How do I avoid burnt brussel sprouts?

Since every air fryer model is different, be sure to check on them after about 12 minutes to make sure they’re not burning. Also, shake the basket partway through the cooking time. You can do this multiple times if you’re concerned about them burning.

Sometimes the loose leaves burn while the remaining pieces are cooked fine. To keep the brussel sprout leaves from burning, separate the loose leaves from the brussel sprouts at the beginning and add the loose leaves about 6 minutes into the air frying process.

Do I need to coat the air fryer basket with oil?

I’ve never had an issue with the brussels sprouts sticking to the basket. But just to be safe, I spray the basket with a light spritz of oil – you don’t need too much. Don’t use the canned oil spray, but instead use an oil spray mister that can be filled with oil. [Read More: Go to the section Air Fryer Tips in my guide on how to use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp]

Can frozen brussel sprouts be substituted for fresh?

Yes, you can use frozen but you’ll need to increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Although you can use frozen brussel sprouts, they’re not my favorite because I find that they end up less crispy and more cooked on the inside than fresh brussel sprouts. They’re still pretty good though, in a pinch.

Can I use the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid accessory to make this in a 6 quart Instant Pot?

Yes, you can use the same timing and temperature to make these Instant Pot roasted brussel sprouts using the air fryer lid.

Can I use another brand of air fryer?

Yes, the timing and temperature should work with other brands of air fryers such as a traditional air fryer or a Ninja Foodi. You may need to add or subtract a minute or two. Keep an eye on the food.

Can brussels sprouts be reheated in the air fryer?

Yes, you can reheat the brussel sprouts in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes.

Do I need to preheat the air fryer?

I don’t preheat the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + air fryer before roasting. Please note that the Duo Crisp has a built-in preheat time.

When I make two batches, I do notice that the second batch cooks faster since the air fryer is quite hot. It’s best to follow the instructions of the manufacturer.

Can I double this recipe?

Overcrowding the air fryer can result in soggy or undercooked food. It depends on the capacity of your air fryer. Some air fryers can accommodate more food.

If you need to air fry double the quantity, you can do it in two batches. Once both batches are done, combine the brussel sprouts and air fry them for about a minute to heat them all the way through.

If you’re new to the Instant Pot and aren’t familiar with how to use it, you might find it helpful to first read one of the following guides and then come back here to learn how to make this recipe.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts – Ingredients

Air fryer brussel sprouts ingredients - brussel sprouts, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oil, honey

Ingredient quantities are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post

How to make roasted brussel sprouts in the air fryer (Step by step instructions for Duo Crisp model)

  1. Season the brussel sprouts
  2. Place in air fryer basket
  3. Program the air fryer
  4. Remove lid to turn the brussel sprouts partway through cooking
  5. Shake the basket and continue cooking
  6. Remove lid after cooking is complete
  7. Transfer to serving dish

Season the brussel sprouts

Air fryer brussel sprouts collage - brussel sprouts cut in half on cutting board, spice mix in small glass bowl, brussel sprouts mixed with spices in large glass bowl
  1. Wash, rinse, and dry the brussel sprouts. Trim off the ends and cut them in half.
  2. Mix together onion, garlic and pepper powders, soy sauce, sriracha, honey and oil in a small bowl.
  3. Transfer the brussel sprouts to a medium bowl and coat them with the seasonings, making sure all surfaces are covered.

Place in the air fryer basket

Air fryer brussel sprouts collage - empty basket, brussel sprouts in basket, air fryer lid is on
  1. Spray the air fryer basket liberally with vegetable oil.
  2. Transfer the brussel sprouts into the air fryer basket.
  3. Put on the air fryer lid.

Program the Air Fryer

Instant Pot Duo Crisp collage - temp, time and air fry circled with 00:14 and 375F, On on display with Start circled
  • Press the Air Fry Button.
  • Press Temp + or – until the temperature says 375F.
  • Press the Time + or – until the time says 00:14.
  • Press Start.
  • The display will say On, and once it has heated up, it will start counting down from 00:14 to 00:00.

Remove lid partway through cooking to turn the food

Duo Crisp turn food collage - turn food on display, lid being lifted, lid placed on pad
  • Partway through air frying, the Instant Pot will beep and the display will say Turn Food.
  • Lift the air fryer lid and place it on the protective pad.

Shake the basket and continue cooking

Air fryer brussel sprouts collage - brussel sprouts in basket, being stirred, air fryer lid placed back on
  • Use a nonstick spatula to gently turn the vegetables or using silicone mitts, lift the basket by the handles and shake the brussel sprouts up a couple of times.
  • Close the lid.
  • Cooking will automatically continue.

Remove lid after cooking is complete

Duo Crisp End of Air Fry collage - says End on display, lid being lifted, lid placed on pad
  • When the timer runs down, the Instant Pot will beep and the display will say End.
  • Lift the air fryer lid and place it on the protective pad.
  • If the food’s not cooked to your liking, program the Instant Pot to air fry for another few minutes.

Transfer to serving dish

  • Transfer the roasted brussel sprouts to a serving dish. Squeeze some lime juice over the top, if desired.
  • Serve as a side dish with any main dish such as coq au vin or short ribs.

Oven Instructions for Roasted Brussel Sprouts


To make this recipe in the oven:

  1. Prep the brussel sprouts and season.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Coat the aluminum foil with oil.
  5. Spread brussel sprouts in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the brussel sprouts are cooked through.

See the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

gray speckled bowl with roasted brussel sprouts cut in half
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Instant Pot Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

These are the best air fryer brussel sprouts! They come out so crispy on the outside and tender with a pleasant bite on the inside and they cook in much less time than in the oven. They make a great side dish for dinner. If you don’t have an Instant Pot air fryer or air fryer lid, you can use a traditional air fryer or bake them in the oven.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Main Ingredient vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 87kcal
Author Paint the Kitchen Red

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Trim the ends off the brussel sprouts and cut them in half. *
  • Mix the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, honey and oil. Stir to make a paste.
  • Place the brussel sprouts in a large bowl and pour in the seasonings. Coat evenly until every surface is covered.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Place the air fryer basket in the air fryer and coat with oil. You can either use a paper towel soaked with oil or an oil sprayer. Don't use canned aerosol oil as that can harm the coating of the air fryer basket.
  • Transfer the brussel sprouts to the basket and make sure they're evenly spread out.
  • Close the lid and air fry for 14 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you are using an Instant Pot air fryer, partway through cooking, the display says turn Food. If you are using an air fryer without this feature, set a timer to turn the brussel sprouts 9 minutes into the cooking process.
  • Open the lid and using silicone mitts, lift the basket and shake the contents so the brussel sprouts are tossed well. Close the lid and continue cooking.
  • When the cooking time is up, open the lid and check to make sure the sprouts are cooked to your liking. Toss the sprouts again and air fry for another 2 minutes, if desired.
  • Transfer the brussel sprouts to a serving dish. Squeeze lime juice over the top, if desired.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat the foil with oil.
  • Spread the brussel sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender, golden brown, and slightly charred in parts, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the brussel sprouts to a serving dish. Squeeze lime juice over the top, if desired.

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Notes

  • * Pick brussel sprouts that are about the same size. If they’re different sizes, you might need to cut some of the larger ones into quarters, medium ones into halves and leave small ones whole.
  • Cooking time can vary based on the air fryer model and the size of the potato cubes. At the 12-minute mark, check the brussel sprouts to see if they’re done to your liking.
  • See the blog post for more detailed recipe tips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 187mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

I am not a certified nutritionist.  I provide my best estimate of nutritional information merely as a courtesy to my readers.  If you depend on nutritional information for dietary or health reasons,  I suggest using your favorite online nutrition calculator to confirm the nutritional value of this recipe based on the actual ingredients that you use.

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How to use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer (Beginner’s Manual)
If you’ve just purchased the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer, this beginner’s manual will help you get started. This user manual tells you about all the parts, the most important buttons, and functions, and gives you instructions on how to use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp for the first time by doing the water test (initial test run). And you’ll also learn how to use air fryer functions using the air fryer lid.
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