This recipe for Frozen Brussel Sprouts in the Air Fryer is perfect when you need a healthy side dish for your family. You don’t have to defrost the frozen vegetables, just cook straight from frozen. Nobody will ever know these tasty and crispy sprouts were frozen.

air fried frozen brussels sprouts in basket.

The air fryer is such a versatile appliance but it really sings with roasted vegetables.

You can easily crisp up the outside of the vegetables while the insides cook through, usually in less time than the oven. It’s especially great for frozen vegetables which are more prone to getting mushy if you cook them wrong.

Frozen brussel sprouts are a cinch to cook in the air fryer. They’re great for a busy weeknight or if you love to meal prep! They last in the freezer for up to a year while fresh brussel sprouts can go bad in a few days. Not only does this eliminate waste, but it means you always have the ingredients for a delicious veggie side dish.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Frozen vegetables are often much cheaper than fresh. On top of that you can often find them on sale which makes them even more budget-friendly. See more of my tips on how to eat clean on a budget.
  • There’s very little prep work. No need to cut off the stems or cut them up all you have to do is pour them into the air fryer and have them transform into a delicious side dish.
  • Brussel sprouts are low in calories and high in fiber. Frozen sprouts are very easy to find at the grocery store.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for air fryer frozen brussels sprouts
  • Frozen brussel sprouts – You can find them in the freezer section with the rest of the frozen veggies. Be sure to buy a bag of plain Brussel sprouts and not the ones in a butter sauce. As an added bonus frozen brussels sprouts actually cook more evenly than fresh which often vary in size and have stray leaves.
  • Olive oil – This will encourage the outsides of the brussel sprouts to crisp up nicely. I used extra virgin olive oil. You can also use ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil if you don’t have any olive oil.
  • Sea salt & pepper – Never underestimate the power of salt and black pepper. Seasoning the air fryer brussel sprouts is essential to a flavorful and tasty roasted vegetable. You can also add a little bit of red pepper flakes if you want some spice.
  • Balsamic vinegar – A little brightness and acidity from the balsamic vinegar really takes these veggies over the top! Just a dash transforms into a balsamic glaze when drizzled on top after the cooking process. You can also add some maple syrup to even more depth of flavor.

See the full recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements.

Recipe Steps

brussels sprouts in a bowl

Step One

Pour the bag of frozen brussels sprouts into the basket of your air fryer in a single layer.

Set the temperature to 390 degrees and cook for 6 minutes cooking time.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Once six minutes is up, open the air fryer basket and pour the brussels sprouts into a mixing bowl.

Add the olive oil and stir to coat the brussels sprouts. Return them to the air fryer basket.

Step Three

Cook the brussels sprouts another six minutes or until they’ve started to turn a golden brown on the outside.

This browning is what gives the delicious caramelized flavor of this perfect side dish.

Step Four

Transfer the brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and toss with the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

I hope your family loves these crispy Brussels sprouts as much as mine does! You can also add a sprinkling of parmesan cheese if your family eats cheese.

This is one of the easiest air fryer recipes you’ll find is is a great way to cook this frozen veggie.

air fried brussels sprouts

Recipe Tips

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  • Some air fryers need to be preheated. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s guide for your specific air fryer model to determine if it needs to be preheated. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the sprouts in two batches to ensure you have an even layer and the hot air can circulate enough.
  • This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto, and Whole30 friendly!
  • Ignore the directions on the package as it will usually recommend steaming them and follow this recipe instead.

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to add balsamic vinegar?

No, if you aren’t a fan of balsamic vinegar you can season them with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder instead. Simply season the brussels sprouts at the same time you add the oil and stir to combine.

What should I serve with roasted brussels sprouts?

Air fryer brussels sprouts are a versatile side dish. They go well with rotisserie chicken, seasoned tofu, roasted salmon, or even alongside fried eggs for breakfast. Don’t miss my recipes for Air Fryer Whole Chicken or Air Fryer Crispy Tofu.

cooked brussels sprouts in a bowl

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air fried brussels sprouts

Air Fryer Frozen Brussels Sprouts (So Crispy)

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This recipe for Frozen Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer is perfect when you need a healthy side dish for your family. You don’t have to defrost the frozen vegetables, just cook straight from frozen. Nobody will ever know these tasty and crispy sprouts were frozen.

  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 12ounce bag of frozen brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pour the bag of frozen brussels sprouts into the basket of your air fryer.
  2. Set the temperature to 390°F for a cook time of 6 minutes.
  3. After the first six minutes of cooking is done, open the air fryer basket and pour the sprouts into a mixing bowl. Pour in the olive oil, stir, and return them back to the air fryer basket.
  4. Cook the brussels sprouts for an additional six minutes, or until they have started to brown on the outside. Be careful to not let them burn.
  5. Transfer the cooked brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and toss gently with the salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
  6. Serve hot.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  2. Some air fryers need to be preheated. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s guide for your specific air fryer model to determine if it needs to be preheated.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 300.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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