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Sweet and Spicy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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These Sweet and Spicy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are perfectly cooked in your Air Fryer. Toss them in a Korean Gochujang sauce for the perfect vegetable side dish.

air fryer brussels sprouts roasted in the air fryer basket

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I’m a sucker for a good roasted veggie, especially brussels sprouts. My mother in law always prepares a pan of roasted brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving and I’m always the first in line to grab a bunch. Inspired by her recipe, I decided to make my brussels sprouts in the air fryer and add my own little Korean inspired sauce to them.

I love making Asian foods in my Air Fryer, like this Healthier General Tso’s Chicken in the Air fryer and this Crispy Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings. It was just natural that I would follow the same path when it came to these brussels.

How to buy and prepare brussels sprouts?

I like to use fresh brussels sprouts for roasting, not frozen. If I can find brussels sprouts on the vine, I buy those. But usually I can’t, so I just pick up the fresh brussels sprouts in my supermarket.

You’ll also want to make sure you thoroughly wash and dry your sprouts before air frying. Here’s a great guide on how to pick and prepare brussels sprouts.

air fryer brussels sprouts in a towel with hands drying them

How do you cook brussels sprouts in the Air Fryer?

When cooking brussels sprouts in the Air fryer, you want to cook it a lower temperature of 360 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. I find that this is the best temperature to allow your brussels sprouts to get tender on the inside and develop a nice crisp on the outside. If you want your brussels sprouts even crispier, bump the heat up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit at the end for an additional 5 minutes.

This recipe for brussels sprouts can be modified if you choose to have brussels sprouts without the korean gochujang sauce. I would advice still using oil. I use a little bit of oil on all of my air fried vegetables to give them that nice crisp. I’ve got this info and more in my 10 Air Fryer tips every owner should know post.

I hope you enjoy this Air Brussels Sprouts recipe as much as we do. Until next time…

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Sweet and Spicy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

These Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts are roasted in your Air Fryer and topped with a sweet and spicy Korean sauce. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer brussel sprouts, air fryer brussels sprouts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 128kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts cut in half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Combine honey, vegetable oil, gochujang, and salt in a bowl and stir. Set aside about 1 Tbsp of the sauce. Add brussels spouts to bowl and stir until all sprouts are fully covered. 
  • Place your brussels sprouts in your Air Fryer, ensuring that they are not overlapping, and cook at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. Set aside the bowl.
  • Once 15 minutes is up, increase temperature to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 5 more minutes. When sprouts are done, place in bowl and cover with reserved sauce and stir. Enjoy. 

Notes

Notes on Sweets and Spicy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  • This recipe was prepared in a Phillips Air Fryer. Cook time and temperature may have to be slighly modified for different air fryer brands.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 97.1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Step by Step Photos of Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

sauce for brussels sprouts in bowl with gochujang container to side
Combine honey, Vegetable Oil, Gochujang, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. 
raw brussels sprouts in glass bowl covered in sauce
Add your brussels sprouts the bowl, stirring to combine. 
brussels sprouts covered in sauce in air fryer basket
Add brussels sprouts to Air Fryer, spreading them out. Cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through. Then cook at 390 degrees for 5 minutes. 
cooked brussels in glass bowl
Once roasted, add brussels sprouts back to bowl and toss any remaing sauce on brussels. Enjoy 🙂

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Julie Larson

Thursday 6th of February 2020

I NEVER have left a food review before, but these were amazing and so simple. Definitely on our dinner rotation now!! Thank you so much!

Joanne

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Can frozen brussel sprouts be used and how? Thanks

Tanya

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Hi Joanne, I've never used frozen brussels sprouts. I'm sure they can be but I honestly wouldn't know if the results would be as crispy.

Joel

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

We have made these twice now. The first time I didn’t have the gochujang and used siracha. I got some gochujang for another recipe and used it on the second batch. My recommendation is go get some gochujang, you won’t regret it. These are simply amazing.

We have found so many uses for our air fryer and these Brussels Sprouts will definitely be a regular.

ROBERT LAPIN

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Hi Air Fryers, I’ve tried several of the Tanya collection recipes, and this one is great. I have a question and want to leave a few pointers. Q: if a recipe does NOT say to PREHEAT, should I omit that step? My experiences: 1. The sprouts shrink up quite a bit, so in my fryer, I could have used the whole pound of sprouts at once. When they finish, there’s plenty of space. 2. I did not have any gochujang in the house, so I just used hot sauce, which seemed to work fine. I’ll try to find the called for paste at an Asian market. 3. At first, I removed any leaves that fell off. They do get rather crispy, but we ended up liking them, so whoever falls off just gets crisped and eaten with the big guys. 4. A local Middle Eastern restaurant makes a similar dish but uses a real deep fryer. They have a secret ingredient, apricot jam. What the heck, I put a couple of TBSPs in the recipe and liked the result. Thanks to Tanya for all of this great stuff. I’m enjoying the cooking this way, and I’m even a guy!

Tanya

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hi Robert, yes, If I don't list preheat as a step that you can omit that step. To be honest, since most air fryers heat up so quickly, preheating isn't as critical as it would be when it comes to a traditional oven. I do like to preheat for certain recipes, like steak, burgers, and pork chops, because I like to hear the sizzle when the food touches the air fryer grates. Also, that apricot jam mixed with the brussels sounds delicious. I think I may need to give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion :)

Amy N

Thursday 26th of December 2019

Oh my gosh!! Just tried these for my family and it was a huge hit!! Sweet and spicey...and SO DELISH!! Wish we had more Brussels sprouts at home so that we could make a second batch!!

Tanya

Friday 27th of December 2019

Awesome! So glad you liked them and thank you for the feedback. :)