These Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are garlicky, cheesy and so easy to make! Cooking brussel sprouts in the air fryer is going to be your new favorite way to make a quick side dish.
Fast + Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
If you’ve ever been the victim of a soggy, bitter brussels sprout, then you may think that you just “don’t like” them. But crispy, caramelized, crunchy brussels sprouts? They are in a whole different universe! Caramelizing these healthy little veggie bites gives them such an addictive umami taste, you have to give them a try.
And… I think I have found the best way to make the crunchiest brussel sprouts: AIR FRY ‘EM! These are truly crispy, and have the best flavor. Tossed in just a bit of olive oil, pork panko bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese, they’re a satisfying and low-carb side dish that everyone will love, even if they’re not limiting their carb intake.
Air Fried Brussels Sprouts soak up delicious garlic, olive oil, and parmesan flavors while cooking, to create a lip-smacking combination. With just a little amount of prep work and a handful of ingredients, this recipe comes together in under 20 minutes.
Are Brussels Sprouts Healthy?
Well, a healthy recipe definitely depends on how you make it. The brussels sprouts themselves are packed with healthy fiber, and supply you with vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, iron… So they are definitely good for you! And air-frying them in heart-healthy olive oil not only adds some healthy fat, but it prevents the nutrients in the sprouts from leaching out into cooking water.
What You’ll Need
Not everyone’s a fan of these green little cabbages, but again, that is where this sprouts recipe comes into play. You’re only six ingredients away from having the best green veggies of your life, packed with great flavors and textures!
- Brussels Sprouts: This recipe makes one pound of sprouts. Trim the ends, remove the outer leaves, and then cut them in half from top to bottom.
- Olive Oil: Extra-virgin has the boldest taste, but regular is fine, too.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic powder adds a ton of flavor with no hassle.
- Black Pepper: Freshly ground if possible.
- Panko: To keep things low-carb, reach for pork panko bread crumbs.
- Parmesan: Grated parmesan is the perfect complement to brussel sprouts.
How to Make Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Not only does this cooking method deliver the best taste and texture, it’s also really simple! You can easily whip this up as a side dish for just about any meal, with a minimum of fuss. Here’s how to do it:
- Prep the Sprouts: Again, before you get started, make sure that the brussels sprouts have their root ends trimmed. Remove any loose or discolored leaves, and cut the sprouts in half lengthwise.
- Season the Brussels Sprouts: Next, place the sprouts in a bowl, and add the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Give them a stir or toss them with your hands to coat them evenly in the seasonings and oil.
- Partially Air Fry the Sprouts. Place the brussels sprouts in the basket of your air fryer. Cook them for about 6 minutes at 400˚F.
- Add the Parmesan and Panko, and Finish Air Frying. When the 6 minutes are up, open the air fryer, give the brussel sprouts a stir, and sprinkle them with your parmesan cheese and pork panko crumbs. Air fry for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
- Enjoy! Taste test the sprouts, and sprinkle with a little extra cheese, if needed. Serve right away.
Tips for Success
I hope you’re feeling inspired to make some crazy-good brussels sprouts – but before you start cooking, take just a second to look over these helpful tips for success. Read on, and bon appetit!
- Don’t Overload Your Air Fryer: This recipe as written, with one pound of Brussels sprouts, fills up the basket of my Cosori 5.8 qt. If you have a smaller model, you will have to cook these in batches. DO NOT pile them up on top of each other, because they won’t be crispy if you do! Air fried food needs to cook in a single layer, with some room around the ingredients for the air to circulate.
- Watch the Cooking Time: Cooking time does vary, depending on different factors. You might need to cook them longer if your sprouts are bigger, or depending on your air fryer’s temperature.
- Panko Options: If you don’t have pork panko crumbs, you can leave them out. If you aren’t following a low carb/keto diet, you could use regular panko bread crumbs.
- A Saucy Addition: You can also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and maple syrup at the end of cooking, for a sweet and tangy sauce – YUM!
What Goes with Air Fried Brussels Sprouts?
Wondering what to serve with this brussels sprouts recipe? It’s the perfect side dish to serve with all kinds of great entrees, from a big bold steak to a vegetarian pasta dish. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Steak: You could go with a perfect ribeye, or make these family-friendly Garlic Butter Steak Bites. They’re perfect for sharing, and so juicy!
- Chicken: To set off the garlic and parmesan in this recipe, serve something lemony! I recommend this easy recipe for Grilled Lemon Chicken. It’s healthy, simple, and bright – a surefire win at dinnertime.
- Pasta: Speaking of lemon, a pile of Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta makes a beautiful vegetarian entree, and served with these brussel sprouts, it’s a complete, healthy meal! (To keep things vegetarian, omit the pork rind panko.)
How to Store and Reheat Cooked Brussels Sprouts
- Store completely cooled sprouts in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
- Reheat your air-fried brussel sprouts in the air fryer at 400˚F, just until heated through.
Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- 1 pound Brussels Sprouts ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, and cut in half, lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup pork panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large bowl combine prepared Brussel sprouts, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; stir until thoroughly incorporated.
- Transfer Brussel sprouts to the air fryer’s basket and cook for 6 minutes at 400˚F.
- When time is up, open the air fryer, stir around the Brussel sprouts.
- Sprinkle sprouts with parmesan cheese and pork panko crumbs.
- Arrange in one layer and continue to air fry for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until crisp tender.
- Remove sprouts from air fryer.
- Test for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4
NET CARBS: 7
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
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