Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer

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These Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Plus, they’re perfectly seasoned with that deep, roasted flavor. Smashed Brussels Sprouts make a delicious and healthy side dish.

fork holding Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Smashed Brussels Sprouts

You’ll love how tasty Brussels Sprouts cook up in the air fryer. Just pre-cook, season, and roast for a flavorful side dish that goes with so many main courses! And they’re so healthy. Add them to grilled meat or plant-based protein for a low-carb dinner that hits the spot!

hand holding air fryer basket with Smashed Brussels Sprouts

The key to this recipe is smashing the Brussels Sprouts. This thins them out, allowing them to cook more evenly and come out tender and perfectly roasted. Smashing them with a glass or jar is a quick & easy step that makes this side dish a cinch to cook.

air fryer basket with smashed, seasoned Brussels Sprouts inside

Love making side dishes in the air fryer? You’ll want to try Air Fryer Pineapple, Fingerling Potatoes In Air Fryer, and Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli. Something for everyone!

Air Fryer Smashes Brussels Sprouts on a plate

How To Make Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer

The steps to this process are pre-cook, season, and roast. This makes tender, flavorful Brussels Sprouts.

First wash the Brussels Sprouts and trim off the brown ends. Next, you can pre-cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes or boil them on the stovetop for 10 minutes.

roasted Brussels Sprouts on a plate

For the microwave, place them in a microwave-safe dish with a loose lid on top. Heat in microwave for about 5 minutes or until veggies are soft.

Once the Brussels Sprouts are softened up, “smash” each one on a plate with the bottom of a glass or jar. Set them aside until you have smashed them all.

air fryer opened to show smashed brussels sprouts inside

At this point you will have 2 plates of smashed Brussels Sprouts (about 40 total). Add olive and seasonings to both plates. Then flip Brussels Sprouts and season again with oil and spices. Use hands or a utensil to swirl the Brussels Sprouts in oil, fully coating them.

Add vegetables to air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes total. Halfway through cooking time, open air fryer and flip Brussels Sprouts to cook more evenly.

When Brussels Sprouts are done cooking, pull out basket and use a spatula to move the veggies to a serving plate.

air fryer opened to show Brussels Sprouts roasting inside

Cooking Tips

  • Use a microwave-safe cover to cook Brussels Sprouts, but it does not need to be sealed tight
  • Try any seasonings you like on these Brussels Sprouts
  • In lieu of an air fryer, you can also roast these Brussels Sprouts in the oven
  • Cooking Variation: add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to Brussels Sprouts in the last few minutes of cooking in the air fryer

air fryer basket with seasoned Brussels Sprouts inside

What To Serve With Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer

These flavorful veggies would be great on top of an easy carb side like Coconut Rice In Instant Pot, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, or Instant Pot Lentils And Brown Rice.

smashed Brussels Sprouts roasting in air fryer

Or serve them with a low-carb, air fryer-roasted main course like Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer New York Strip Steak, or Air Fryer Salmon In Foil.

fork holding piece of Smashed Brussels Sprouts roasted in Air Fryer

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer

These Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Plus, they're perfectly seasoned with that deep, roasted flavor. Smashed Brussels Sprouts make a delicious and healthy side dish.
Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Keyword: Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 136kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Brussels Sprouts
  • 4 tsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • 1/2 tsp pepper divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder divided

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Instructions

  • First wash the Brussels Sprouts and trim off the brown ends.
  • Next, you can pre-cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes or boil them on the stovetop for 10 minutes. For the microwave, place them in a microwave-safe dish with a loose lid on top. Heat in microwave for about 5 minutes or until veggies are soft.
  • Once the Brussels Sprouts are softened up, "smash" each one on a plate with the bottom of a glass or jar. Set them aside until you have smashed them all.
  • At this point you will have 2 plates of smashed Brussels Sprouts (about 40 total). Add olive and seasonings to both plates. Then flip Brussels Sprouts and season again with oil and spices. Use hands or a utensil to swirl the Brussels Sprouts in oil, fully coating them.
  • Add vegetables to air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes total. Halfway through cooking time, open air fryer and flip Brussels Sprouts to cook more evenly.
  • When Brussels Sprouts are done cooking, pull out basket and use a spatula to move the veggies to a serving plate.

Notes

  • Use a microwave-safe cover to cook Brussels Sprouts, but it does not need to be sealed tight
  • Try any seasonings you like on these Brussels Sprouts
  • In lieu of an air fryer, you can also roast these Brussels Sprouts in the oven
  • Cooking Variation: add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to Brussels Sprouts in the last few minutes of cooking in the air fryer
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1711IU | Vitamin C: 193mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg
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