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Crispy Brussels Sprouts ( Air Fryer, Oven or Stove Top )

Learn to make perfectly crispy Brussels Sprouts with this failproof recipe. Richly caramelized Brussels Sprouts are savory, healthy and delicately flavorful. These roasted Brussels sprouts will win over anyone including the reluctant tasters. I am including air fryer , oven baking and pan frying methods so you can make them with ease and confidence.

This recipe is suitable for Gluten Free, Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Vegan and Whole30 eating preference . Similar to Crispy Kale Chips, Sweet Potato Wedges or Roasted Chickpeas, these crispy sprouts are fun and delicious way to enjoy great serving of vegetables in your meals.

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Buying Best Brussels Sprouts

If you are buying fresh sprouts at the grocery store, look for bright green color, small size and intact outer leaves. They should feel firm when gently squeezed.

Try to buy roughly the same size so they cook evenly. I like to buy smaller sized sprouts since they cook faster, are tender and more sweet than bigger size.

You can also use frozen sprouts since they are available all year round. They crisp up well in the oven, pan or air fryer.

Around Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s sells Brussels Sprouts stalks. It is a fun activity to cook with kids. That store also sells frozen baby sprouts which is my favorite.

Classic Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Tired of making soggy Brussels sprouts? Here are simple steps to making them crispy. This recipe makes the perfect side dish, wholesome appetizer as well as healthy snack. And with seasonal garnishes, you make them look pretty impressive to serve for a special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner.

This beautiful and nutritious dish is so easy and quick to prepare. It is loaded with superfood that is so very good for you. With a crisp exterior and a softer interior, roasted Brussels sprouts are a new spin on the typical classic Brussels sprouts. 

Classic Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Do you like Brussels Sprouts?

We have noticed that people either simply love the brussels sprouts or they utterly hate them. If you are in hate camp, please don’t go away. Give this yummy recipe a good try. You might just fall in love with it. And if you already are in the lover’s category, you will love it more because I got some delicious seasoning options to make it more loveable.

If not cooked properly, brussels sprouts can get mushy and tough which is not pleasant to eat. This recipe makes them wonderfully crispy and caramelized. It brings out nice sweetness to them. With savory seasoning it creates a delightful flavor combination which is hard to resist.

Most fruits and vegetables are available year-round but if you buy them in season, they have more flavor and they taste fresher. Chances are seasonal produce gets sourced locally so less distance in travelling and you get at it’s peak freshness. Plus it tends to be cheaper too . So during Fall/ Autumn months and throughout the winter, Brussels sprouts are star ingredients in Whole Food Plant Based Meals.

Serving Suggestions

Crispy Brussels Sprouts are a great way to get your family to eat their veggies. You can serve them as a snack, side dish or appetizer.

Serve them alongside Penne Rosa or Penne Pesto Primavera for scrumptious pasta dinner. They also taste amazing as a side to Creamy Tomato Soup or Vegetable Barley Soup.

Pair them with cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, wild rice pilaf stuffing and homemade Cornbread and you have ” The Perfect Sides “ for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday dinner menu.

If you want to serve them as an appetizer, Greek Tzatziki Sauce, Bread Dipping Oil, Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus make excellent dipping choices.

An overhead shot of serving platter full of roasted Brussels Sprouts with garnishes.

What Seasoning should I Use?

Just the salt and pepper is best to bring out natural sweetness of these tiny cabbages. Freshly minced garlic is great addition to make them earthy and savory. 

You can also use other other seasoning mixes like , my favorite 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s. ( not a sponsored product), old bay , Cajun or Italian spices. For the finishing touch, I highly recommend you drizzle some balsamic glaze which is reduced thick balsamic vinegar or pomegranate molasse. The sweet and tart flavors of either these two sauces bring a great depth of richness to caramelized sprouts. It tastes simply AMAZING !

Caramelized brussels sprouts.

Ingredients

1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or oil spray
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
2-3 Garlic cloves thinly sliced or minced
1 tablespoon balsamic glaze or pomegranate molasse
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh chopped herbs like rosemary or chives

Classic Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe

How to prepare sprouts for roasting

Clean the Brussels sprouts and rinse them under cold water in a colander. Pat dry. Remove the loose leaves from outer layer. (You don’t have to toss them. They crisp up really well when roasted.) Cut the tough end stem from each sprout and then cut in half lengthwise.

Making Brussel Sprouts in Air Fryer

Heat an air fryer to 375º Fahrenheit. Add the sprouts to the air fryer basket and shake into a single layer.

Air fry, stopping to shake the basket about halfway through, for 15 minutes total.

When the Brussels sprouts are ready, transfer into the serving bowl. Garnish with optional toppings. Serve immediately.

Charred Brussels Sprouts in the air fryer basket.

Stove Top Instructions

Heat the oil in heavy bottom skillet. I am using cast iron. Arrange the Brussels sprouts cut side down. Don’t bother them for few minutes. Let them sizzle and char a little. You want them to get nice, crispy and caramelized. Once they turn brown in color, you can flip them over. Let the other side roast the same way.

When both sides are nicely charred, turn off the heat. Skillet will be super hot and it will keep roasting them further so factor that in your cooking time. Sprinkle the 21 seasoning Salute, black pepper and salt. Coat the seasoning well and voila ! Your classic roasted Brussels sprouts are ready. Garnish with Basil leaves and pomegranate seeds for beautiful presentation.

Pan frying the Brussel Sprouts to make them crispy.

Oven Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Prepare your Brussels sprouts. Combine the sprouts, olive oil and salt. Toss until the sprouts are lightly and evenly coated. You can also use oil mist or spray.

Arrange the sprouts in an even layer with their flat sides facing down. Roast the sprouts until they are tender and deeply golden on the edges, about 17 to 25 minutes.

Garnish and add extra seasoning as desired. Roasted Brussels are best served warm, or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Brussels sprouts made in oven baking tray.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate Brussels sprouts in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. To Reheat, put the leftovers on a baking sheet pop in the oven or in the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The Brussels sprouts will get mushy once thawed, so I don’t recommend freezing them.

Classic Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Pro Tips For Success

Choose the sprouts of similar size so they cook evenly and at the same time. Cut large size sprouts in half if needed.

Regardless of which method you choose, make sure to spread them into a single layer. You need air to circulate between each sprout for them to crisp up. Cook them in two or more batches if you need to.

Do not add any additional seasoning while roasting. Seasoning burns at high heat and tastes bitter. So sprinkle or drizzle it immediately after the sprouts are done cooking.

Some different flavor combinations you might want to try:

  • Lemon or lime juice with the zest
  • Orange juice and zest
  • Fresh herbs like chopped rosemary or a sprinkle of thyme
  • Roasted Nuts- pine nuts, pecans, chopped almonds, walnuts – any of them will add a nice crunch and earthy feel to it.

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Crispy Brussel Sprouts made in air fryer or oven or by pan frying on the stove top. Served with beautiful garnishes.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts ( Air Fryer, Oven or Stove Top )

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Learn to make perfectly crispy Brussels Sprouts with this failproof recipe. Richly caramelized Brussels Sprouts are savory, healthy and delicately flavorful. I am including air fryer , oven baking and pan frying methods so you can make this recipe with ease and confidence.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or oil spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • 2-3 Garlic cloves thinly sliced or minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chopped herbs like rosemary or chives

Instructions

How to prepare sprouts for roasting

Clean the Brussels sprouts and rinse them under cold water in a colander. Pat dry. Remove the loose leaves from outer layer. (You don't have to toss them. They crisp up really well when roasted.) Cut the tough end stem from each sprout and then cut in half lengthwise.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Heat an air fryer to 375º Fahrenheit. Add the sprouts to the air fryer basket and shake into a single layer.

Air fry, stopping to shake the basket about halfway through, for 15 minutes total.

When the Brussels sprouts are ready, transfer into the serving bowl. Garnish with optional toppings. Serve immediately.

Stove Top Instructions

Heat the oil in heavy bottom skillet. I am using cast iron. Arrange the Brussels sprouts cut side down. Don't bother them for few minutes. Let them sizzle and char a little. You want them to get nice, crispy and caramelized. Once they turn brown in color, you can flip them over. Let the other side roast the same way. ( about 8-10 minutes)

When both sides are nicely charred, turn off the heat. Skillet will be super hot and it will keep roasting them further so factor that in your cooking time. Sprinkle the black pepper and salt. Coat the seasoning well and voila ! Your classic roasted Brussels sprouts are ready. Garnish with seasoning and enjoy !

Oven Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Prepare your Brussels sprouts. Combine the sprouts, olive oil and salt. Toss until the sprouts are lightly and evenly coated. You can also use oil mist or spray.

Arrange the sprouts in an even layer with their flat sides facing down. Roast the sprouts until they are tender and deeply golden on the edges, about 17 to 25 minutes.

Garnish and add extra seasoning as desired. Roasted Brussels are best served warm, or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Notes

Choose the sprouts of similar size so they cook evenly and at the same time. Cut large size sprouts in half if needed.

Regardless of which method you choose,  make sure to spread them into a single layer. You need air to circulate between each sprout for them to crisp up. Cook them in two or more batches if you need to.

Do not add any additional seasoning while roasting. Seasoning burns at high heat and tastes bitter. So sprinkle or drizzle it immediately after the sprouts are done cooking. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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This recipe was originally published on Sept. 15, 2018 . It was modified with pictures and addition of air fryer and oven instructions on October 18, 2021. 

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