I absolutely adore easy recipes, and this AIP Air Fryer Crispy Brussels Sprouts recipe could not be any easier. Just 3 ingredients, and you have a side dish that is ready in minutes.
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it is so easy to cook the Brussels sprouts according to your preferences. Personally, I like charred Brussels sprouts so I cook them just a bit longer for the perfect crispiness.
So, grab some Brussels sprouts and get ready to enjoy one of the easiest side dishes you’ll ever cook!
Air Fryer Tips and Tricks
Air fryers are incredibly easy to use. However, I went through a few trial-and-error cooking attempts until I learned a few tips and tricks to make sure recipes came out perfectly each time.
And, of course, I want to share those tips with you as well!
Be sure to preheat your air fryer before adding the food to it. I just turn it on before I start prepping my ingredients.
However, air fryers heat up fast. So, if you forget to preheat it, just turn it on before you add your food and give it about 3 minutes to warm up. Then, add your food and cook according to the recipe directions.
Use oil sparingly. Yes, an air fryer does cook with very hot air, but a little oil is usually needed for the food to cook correctly. Too much oil can cause your food to be soggy instead of crispy.
Unless otherwise noted in a recipe (like this Brussels sprouts recipe), usually just a light spritz of avocado oil or olive oil with an oil mister is all that is needed.
It’s also a good idea to very lightly grease the air fryer basket before preheating to help make sure your foods don’t stick.
However, be sure to never use aerosol oil sprays that can damage the air basket’s nonstick coating.
Give your food plenty of room in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding the basket or tray can cause the food to be soggy and not cooked evenly.
Larger foods, like steaks or check breasts, should be cooked in a single layer (never stacked) with space between them to allow the air to circulate.
Smaller foods, like cauliflower “rice” or Brussels sprouts need to be cooked in a single layer as well if you want it to be crispy.
You might need to cook your food in batches if you are cooking a lot of food or you have a smaller air fryer.
Clean your air fryer after each use. Sure, it might be tempting to not clean it after you are finished cooking, but it’s really important to make sure you take a few minutes to clean it out after each use.
Once the air fryer is completely cool, simply wipe the basket with a clean cloth or paper towel. And don’t forget to clean the tray that collects the excess oils or drippings as well.
If you don’t clean your air fryer, you take the risk of leftover food particles or excess oil smoking the next time you use it.
However, do not use a dishwasher to clean any parts of the air fryer – unless the air fryer basket or tray has been labelled as dishwasher safe by the manufacturer. But when in doubt, skip the dishwasher completely.
Even though I could enjoy these crispy Brussels sprouts on their own, here are a few easy AIP main dish recipes you can enjoy with them.
Be sure to check out all of my AIP Dinner Recipes to find the perfect main dish to enjoy with this delicious crispy Brussels sprouts recipe.
In a large bowl, toss the Brussels with the olive oil and salt.
Place the Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray. (If needed, cook the Brussels sprouts in several batches.)
Cook the Brussels sprouts for 7 minutes, stirring halfway through the cook time. If the Brussel sprouts are not tender to your liking, cook for another 3 minutes or until cooked to your liking. If desired, increase the temperature to 400° F (200° C) and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes for crispy Brussels sprouts.
Remove the Brussels sprouts from the air fryer and serve immediately.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.