I was about to start this post by saying how easy this recipe is but I realize I say that about every recipe. But it is I promise! I’ve probably made brussel sprouts in the air fryer about a dozen times now. It’s one of my favorite ways to whip them up and get them nice and crispy. Sometimes I eat them plain and sometimes I add bacon and balsamic vinegar. Maybe even a little goat cheese when I’m feeling wild and crazy. This recipe for air fried brussel sprouts is low carb and can be made paleo and Whole30 as well.
If you don’t have an air fryer you can make these in the oven as well. I prep them pretty much the same way. I just roast them at 375 for 30 minutes. Then flip and roast another 10 and they come out equally delicious. The air fryer is just a lot faster.
I prep my brussel sprouts for the air fryer by cutting of the ends and splitting them in half. This saves me time during the week so I can just toss them into the air fryer when I’m ready to cook them.
To prep the fryer itself, I spray the bottom with a little avocado oil (I use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray). Once I toss the sprouts in, I spray them a little more before adding my seasonings. The extra spritz of oil is totally optional. The sprouts still fry up well without it. I just feel like it gives it that little extra crispiness I like with minimal calorie addition. You can also brush with some melted ghee instead of cooking spray and it tastes amazing! As for seasonings, anything works. I’ve used a lemon pepper parmesan, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute and just plain old salt and pepper. Whatever floats your boat.
Air fryer cooking times vary so it’s a little hard to say exactly how long to cook them. I do by just checking in on them until they look how I want. I usually start with 10 min and then I check in around the 7 minute mark. When I’m wanting them a little more crispy, I leave them in a bit longer. Some other recipes you can check out that I’ve used my air fryer for are kale chips , buffalo chicken tenders, buffalo cauliflower and fish sticks! I also like to put chicken wings in there after the oven to add even more crisp!
On to the recipe!Print
- 1 lb bag brussel sprouts
- 2 Slices bacon (I like Pederson’s Farms or Tender Belly)
- Avocado or Olive Oil Spray
- Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Prepare brussel sprouts but cutting the ends off and then slicing into halves
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer with a little oil and then add brussel sprouts
- Spray sprouts once more and then add seasonings of choice
- Air fry at 400 for about 8-10 minutes (check and shake basket about halfway through)
- While brussel sprouts are frying, cook bacon and set aside to crumble once cooled
- Divide sprouts into 2 bowls and add crumbled bacon on top
- Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and toss to coat
- Dig in!
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