These crispy Brussels sprouts are coated in olive oil and peppered with bacon crumbles. It’s a gluten free, Keto-friendly side dish that’s ready in less than 15 minutes in the air fryer.
Why Brussels Sprouts Get a Bad Rap
While Brussels Sprouts don’t often get the attention that other side dishes might receive, I happen to adore them.
Now, that wasn’t always the case. I hated them until I became an adult. It wasn’t my fault, though. I was served boiled Brussels as a child, which is hands-down the most disgusting way to prepare this cabbage. There is absolutely nothing appetizing about boiled Brussels. If you’ve never had them prepared that way, consider yourself VERY fortunate.
Roasted Brussels, on the other hand, are incredibly delicious. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Add bacon and well, bacon. It’s what dreams are made of. Unless you’re vegetarian and then feel free to omit the bacon here.
While they may appear to be burnt, those extra crispy leaves are highly addictive and coveted. Consider them as little Brussels chips.You just can’t eat one.
What are Brussels Sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are a type of cabbage, belonging to the mustard family Brassicaceae widely grown in Europe and North America for its edible buds called “sprouts.” They grow along a tall, single stem.
Fun Fact: While these are often mispronounced as “Brussel” sprouts, it is correctly spelled Brussels with an “S” because they are named after the Belgian city of Brussels.
So, in short, Brussels sprouts are basically delicious, miniature cabbages that you should definitely roast and NOT boil. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
How to Make the Best Air Fried Brussels Sprouts
Now that we know what Brussels sprouts are, how to pronounce them correctly, and how to NOT cook them, let’s FRY them. More specifically, let’s air fry them.
You only need 5 minutes of prep time to trim them (you don’t want the hard nub at the end) and cut them in half vertically. Toss them in a bowl to *lightly* coat with oil and vinegar. Then just a quick season with salt and pepper. Add the diced bacon, and into the fryer they go.
Just 10 minutes and one shake later, your air fried Brussels sprouts are ready! All that’s left to is sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese and decide is what to serve them with.
Find my recipe below, and enjoy!
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved vertically
- 2 slices thick cut bacon cut into 1" pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Kosher salt/black pepper
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Into a large bowl add: Brussels, bacon, olive oil and balsamic.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss Brussels until well coated.
- Pour bowl contents into the basket of air fryer.
- Set at 350 for 10 minutes. Shake basket half way through.
- Sprinkle with desired amount of parmesan prior to serving.
To make these in a traditional oven, place tossed Brussels onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes OR until fork tender.
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More Air Fryer Recipes To Try
If you like my air fried Brussels sprouts, you’ll love these other easy and delicious air fryer recipes:
- Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles
- Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Air Fried Meatballs
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
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