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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

dish of perfectly cooked brussels sprouts

Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze


Elevate your side dish game with Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, finished with a rich balsamic glaze. This recipe transforms Brussels sprouts into a deliciously crispy, caramelized treat, debunking any myths that these little cabbages can't be a crowd-pleaser.

The air fryer ensures each sprout is evenly cooked, with a perfect char on the outside while remaining tender inside. Drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction, these Brussels sprouts are a gourmet addition to any meal.

Ingredients List - Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep the Brussels Sprouts: Toss the halved Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl until they're evenly coated.

  2. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (200°C) for about 3 minutes.

  3. Cook: Arrange the Brussels sprouts in the air fryer basket in a single layer, cut side down, ensuring they don't touch for even cooking. You may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the sprouts are crispy and golden.

  4. Prepare the Balsamic Glaze: While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, pour balsamic vinegar and honey into a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the mixture is reduced by half and thickens into a glaze, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Serve: Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the cooked Brussels sprouts and serve immediately.

a big plate of brussels sprouts with piece of lime

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • For an extra flavor boost, add minced garlic or onion powder to the Brussels sprouts before air frying.

  • The balsamic glaze can also be flavored with a pinch of dried thyme or rosemary for an aromatic touch.

  • Serve these Brussels sprouts alongside grilled meats or a hearty grain dish for a balanced meal.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled bacon in the last few minutes of air frying for a savory twist.

  • For a spicy version, toss the Brussels sprouts with a little chili powder or red pepper flakes before cooking.

  • Replace honey with maple syrup in the balsamic glaze for a different sweetness profile.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze offer a healthy, flavorful side dish that's easy to prepare and packed with nutrients.

  • Utilizing the air fryer allows for a crispy texture without the need for deep frying, making this dish a lighter option.

  • A serving of these Brussels sprouts is approximately 100-150 calories, making it a guilt-free addition to any meal.


The Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe is a testament to how delicious and versatile Brussels sprouts can be when prepared correctly. With the air fryer's help, these sprouts achieve a perfect char and crispiness, complemented beautifully by the sweet and tangy balsamic glaze. This dish is sure to convert even the most skeptical diners into Brussels sprout fans, making it a must-try for anyone looking to add more greens to their diet in a delicious way.

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