This is, without a doubt, the thing I make most often in my air fryer. If you’re a fan of brussels sprouts, you’re going to be ALL about this air fryer version. You know when you roast brussels sprouts, and some of the outer leaves fall off and get extra crispy and brown, and they’re just everything you’ve ever wanted in a sprout?
Well in this recipe, those extra crispy absolute BEST bits make up like half of the batch! I love them so much, and they honestly couldn’t be simpler to make. After the first time, you won’t even need this recipe!
The ingredients? Sprouts. Olive oil. Salt. Pepper. THAT’S IT.
The method? Throw them in the air fryer. Shake every so often. DEVOUR.
How do you enjoy them? As a snack. As a blank-canvas side dish. With dippy eggs. In an egg bake. On a salad. AS a salad. FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
You’ll need to start with shredded brussels sprouts. There are a few ways to get there, listed below in order from most-involved to least-involved:
MY GO-TO METHOD: Buy whole sprouts and shred them using the slicing blade in your food processor. I can shred 2 lbs of sprouts in like 30 seconds. I hear it all the time, you guys, “I just don’t feel like cleaning my food processor.” Trust me, if you can get past this mental block, your life will be so much better! Especially if you’re just slicing veggies like these brussels, shred them, rinse food processor parts IMMEDIATELY (before the little shreds can dry and get stuck), and you’re done. Worth. It.
THE SHORTCUT: Buy pre-shredded brussels sprouts and skip the slicing altogether! I know Trader Joe’s sells them.
What's up with this air fryer thing you've heard so much about?
We keep ours right on our counter and it has replaced our toaster oven! If you search Google or Pinterest, air fryer recipes are ALL over the place these days. Though you can find recipes for everything from chicken wings to chocolate cake, I have to admit, the thing make most in the air fryer has to be veggies!
Have you ever roasted a big pan of veggies, but maybe the pan is a little crowded because you had two more carrots to fit on there, or maybe the oven wasn't quite hot enough, and they end up kind of steamed and wet instead of roasty and toasty? This kind of thing just doesn't happen in the air fryer! An air fryer is essentially a mini convection oven, so it circulates the air around the food getting it nice and crispy without having to use a ton of oil.
The upside? Perfectly browned and toasty and crispy roasted veggies (or whatever you're cooking). The downside? You can't fit a ton in there! So if your goal is to batch cook a ton of veggies all at once, stick with a super hot oven (just space your veggies out for goodness sake). But if your goal is to make a smaller amount of veggies and enjoy them for dinner that night -- go with the air fryer!
Air Fryer Shredded Brussels Sprouts
[simple - vegan - side dish]
1lb brussels sprouts, shredded or sliced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
You’ll want to start with shredded brussels sprouts. Thinly slice them with a knife, shred in your food processor, or buy pre-shredded.
TIP: I wrote this recipe for one pound, but if your basket holds more, I highly recommend you make more!
If you think of it, pre-heat your air fryer for a couple of minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If not, no big deal.
In a large bowl, toss the shredded sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Add the seasoned sprouts to your air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
TIP: You don't want the basket to be totally packed full as you need to have room to shake the basket and move the sprouts around so they cook evenly. You also want the air to be able to circulate in there.
After 10 minutes, take the basket out and shake the sprouts. Put it back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, shake again, then cook for another 5-ish minutes.
Once the brussels are getting evenly browned and crispy, they are done! I usually do 20 min total, but you’ll need to find the right time for YOUR air fryer and straight up preference.