This Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts recipe is both healthy and delicious. The sprouts get super crispy when they are cooked with the flavorful bites of bacon. Both kids and adults love this vegetable side dish.

cooked brussels sprouts in an air fryer

You’ve never had Brussel sprouts like these before! They’re cooked perfectly on the inside, but are browned and super crispy on the outside. I think you’re really going to love this recipe for crispy Brussels sprouts.

Air Fryer vs. Oven

You could make Brussel sprouts in the regular oven, but you need to cook them at such a high temperature that you’re more likely to burn them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. (If you really want to cook sprouts in the oven, check out my Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots recipe).

On the other hand, if you cook Brussel sprouts in an air fryer, you will get a much better result. The hot air of the fryer gets circulated around each sprout, emphasizing the Maillard reaction which causes the outer layers of the sprouts to brown and crisp.

You can get that crispiness with less oil in an air fryer, which is why it has gotten so popular. Cooking veggies in the air fryer is the best way for a perfect side dish.

brussels sprouts in a colander

Recipe Steps

Step One

Wash, trim and halve one pound of fresh brussels sprouts. I usually buy the bags at the market that are pre-washed and ready to go. Larger sprouts should be quartered for even cooking and for ultimate crispiness.

bowl with brussels sprouts cut in half, plus chopped bacon for recipe

Step Two

Combine the chopped Brussels sprouts with the chopped bacon in a large bowl, and toss together. Then, pour the mixture into your air fryer basket.

Add about 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of your air fryer to help prevent smoking.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

bacon and brussels sprouts in the basket of an air fryer ready to be cooked

Step Three

Set the temperature to 375 degree F and the cooking time to 18-20 minutes. Check on your Brussels sprouts about halfway through to toss them and make sure they aren’t burning.

baked brussels sprouts with bacon in an air fryer

Step Four

When the sprouts have done cooking, they should have started to brown. The bacon should also be browned and cooked through.

Serve these Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts hot, with the balsamic vinegar sprinkled on top. This easy side dish goes with almost any main dish.

You might also like my recipe post on how to make Air Fryer Turkey Bacon!

FAQs

What is the best air fryer?

When it comes to choosing an air fryer, I like this one. I’ve had a few air fryers and they all seem to be about the same. It really just depends if you want a smaller size or a large one. They take up a lot of space on your kitchen countertop, so I tend to recommend a smaller size model for most people.

Is this air fryer recipe healthy?

My blanket answer about vegetables is the more, the better. So, outside of deep-frying, I think any method that allows you to enjoy eating more vegetables, then that is a good thing. Also, Brussels sprouts are a member of the cruciferous veggies family which are very healthy.

Can I add Parmesan cheese to this recipe?

You can, but I think you’ll find that the bacon adds enough flavor that you can leave off the cheese.

Pro Tips

  • Serve the Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts hot. They will start to lose their crispiness as they cool.
  • Chop up any leftover cold sprouts for a crunchy addition to salads.

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bowl of air fryer brussels sprouts with bacon

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Bacon


Description

This recipe for Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts is both healthy and delicious. The sprouts get super crispy when they are cooked with the flavorful bites of bacon. Both kids and adults love this vegetable side dish.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and halved (large sprouts should be quartered)
  • 2 slices of thick-cut bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional, for extra flavor)

Instructions

  1. Place the halved Brussels sprouts in a medium-size mixing bowl and add the chopped bacon. Toss to combine.
  2. Pour the sprouts and bacon into the base of your air fryer and set the temperature to 375°F. Pour the water into the bottom of your air fryer (below the basket) to help prevent smoking.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stopping halfway through the baking process to open the drawer and shake the sprouts around. 
  4. Serve the cooked sprouts hot, with the balsamic vinegar poured on top (if desired).

Notes

  1. Not every air fryer is designed the same way. If you do not have the ability to pour water into the bottom of your air fryer (below the basket), then you can just skip this step. The water can help reduce any smoking that may occur when the bacon cooks.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fried Brussels sprouts, air fryer veggies, air fryer sprouts and bacon

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