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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are garlicky, cheesy, and incredibly simple to prepare! Your new favorite technique to make a quick side dish is to cook Brussels sprouts in the air fryer.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Air Fryer, Brussel Sprouts
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 154 kcal


  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Measuring Spoons


  • 1 pound Brussel Sprouts trimmed and cleaned
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or thinly sliced

Optional Toppings

  • 1 tbsp balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Trim off the ends of the Brussel sprouts and remove any brown outer leaves. Cut them in half from stem to end. If any are very large, cut them into quarters from stem to end so that all the pieces are fairly similar in size and cook evenly.
    OPTIONAL—This step makes sure the Brussels sprouts a little more tender in the middle; that said, if you don't mind a firmer sprout, you can skip it.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and cover with warm tap water. Let sit 10 minutes
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees, according to the manufacturer's instructions (for my air fryer, that's 3 minutes of preheating).
  • Drain the Brussels sprouts and with a towel, lightly pat dry. Wipe out the bowl you used for soaking, then add the Brussels sprouts back to it (if you didn't soak the sprouts, simply place them in a large mixing bowl). Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly, then add them to your fryer basket.
  • Cook the sprouts for 5 minutes, then slide out the basket and shake it to toss the Brussels sprouts to promote even cooking. Cook 5 additional minutes, then slide out the basket again. The Brussels sprouts should look like they are getting nice and crispy and are almost done (if not, let them cook a minute or so longer). Add the garlic cloves and toss to coat once more. Cook 2 to 4 additional minutes, checking and shaking the basket often, until the Brussels sprouts are deeply crisp.
  • If adding toppings, transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl (or wipe out the mixing bowl you previously used) and stir in any desired toppings. Enjoy hot.
Keyword Air Fryer, Brussel Sprouts, Garlic