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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

BEST Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer (well, huh), drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. Listen, what else can you ask of me? Except if you want my honey baked Brussels sprouts recipe.

The last time my family and I went out to eat at a local restaurant, they served us these deep-fried Brussels sprouts as an appetizer. They were so delicious, but let’s face it…deep fried anything isn’t healthy. Even when you’re deep frying veggies, it’s still not that healthy! So, I came home with the intent to find a way to recreate the Brussels sprouts that I ate in that restaurant in a healthier way. And now, I present you the delicious and healthier version you’ll want as a side dish every night! You will never get tired of eating these Brussels sprouts! If you like this recipe then check out my garlic butter green beans and buttery sweet potato slices both cooked in the air fryer! YUM 😋

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Air Fryer “Fried” Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Lightened-up yet still crispy from the air fryer, these Brussels sprouts are so good. That balsamic glaze gives it a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. These are amazing for any night of the week and will absolutely impress guests if you have company coming for dinner too.

Secrets to Getting Your Brussels Sprouts Crispy in the Air Fryer 

I think the main reason people tend to hate Brussels sprouts so much is that they’ve had them soggy. If you overcrowd your oven pan, that’s what happens. You’ll need to watch out for that in the air fryer, too, and make sure you toss them enough. Then you’ll get that crispy texture that will make Brussels sprouts your new favorite veggie.

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Why You Will Love This Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

  • The sweet and tangy glaze and the creaminess of the goat cheese make them addictive.
  • They have a crispy and delightful texture – not soggy!
  • Air fryer Brussels sprouts are easy to make! They’ll be ready in about 20 minutes.
  • This recipe is an excellent vegetarian side everyone will enjoy! And you can easily make this vegan by skipping the goat cheese.
  • You only need a few ingredients to make this masterful side dish.
  • You’ll feel like you’re dining in a restaurant; these are so good!
Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Ingredients for Making Fried Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer!

Fresh Brussels sprouts, balsamic glaze, goat cheese, salt and pepper
Forgot to include olive oil is missing in this photo, my bad.

How to Air Fry Brussels Sprouts (Step-by-Step)

Get ready for your new favorite way to make Brussels sprouts!

  1. Wash and prep

    It all starts with washing and cutting your Brussels sprouts. You can cut them any way you wish though I tend to cut them into quarters and sometimes rounds.Cut and trimmed Brussels sprouts

  2. Season the Brussels Sprouts

    Place cut Brussels sprouts into a bowl. Next up, we season the Brussels sprouts with the Knorr vegetable seasoning powder (optional), olive oil, salt, and pepper.Seasoned Brussels Sprouts in a bowl

  3. Air fry Brussels Sprouts

    You’ll prep your air fryer by placing parchment paper in the basket first, then adding your seasoned Brussels sprouts. Give it a light spray with your oil too. Then set the air fryer at 250F for 20 minutes. I start it low and then increase the temperature so they soften up before crisping up.Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

  4. Shake and turn it up

    After 8 minutes of cooking at the lower temperature (250F), remove the parchment paper, shake/turn the Brussels sprouts, and boost the temperature to 300F. You can go up to 350F; let the Brussels sprouts fry and brown to your preference. Be sure to check them every 5 minutes, shaking the basket and turning them for even cooking.Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

  5. Plate and serve

    When your Brussels sprouts have finished cooking, put them on a platter and drizzle with your balsamic glaze. Then sprinkle goat cheese on top and serve.Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Tips for Cooking Brussels Sprouts in the Air Fryer

  • Start out with a lower temperature and then turn it up. It ensures the interior of the Brussels sprouts softens up yet gets nice and crispy outside.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket, or you will get soggy Brussels Sprouts.
  • Make sure you shake the basket several times while these cooks. This helps the air circulate and gets all of those Brussels Sprouts evenly crispy. 

Storage Tips for Air-Fried Brussels Sprouts

You may not have any leftovers, but they are pretty filling. If you have leftovers, put your Brussels sprouts in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll be good for about 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing them because they can become mushy when you thaw them. 

How to Serve Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

These air fryer Brussels sprouts can be served as an appetizer or side dish to any meal. They could also be a main dish if you want to keep your meal vegetarian.

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts FAQs

Why should you air fry Brussels sprouts?

Air frying Brussels sprouts is a healthier alternative to deep frying. And if you have trouble convincing your family to eat this cruciferous veggie when you bake or roast it, the air fryer gives it an incredible, crispy texture that ensures everyone will eat it. 

Do you need to blanch Brussels sprouts before frying?

With my recipe, there’s no need to blanch them first because we start it off at a lower temperature to soften the inside before turning things up to get them crispy. If you want to go with a high temperature first, then you could blanch them for a few minutes on the stovetop. Just be sure to drain them well first!

Why did my Brussels sprouts get burnt in the air fryer?

You have to remember to shake the air fryer basket and turn the Brussels sprouts. You will wind up with some burnt Brussels sprouts if you don’t do this.

What temperature do you air fry Brussels?

I like to go with a low temperature of 250F first for 8 minutes. This allows you to skip the blanching. Then you can turn it up to 300F or 350F to get them crispy. 

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Variations/Substitutions

  • Add bacon or sausage
  • Use feta cheese instead of goat cheese
  • Use my hot honey sauce on these Brussels sprouts
  • Try them with maple or brown sugar for a sweet side
  • Frozen Brussels sprouts? Yes, you can certainly air fry frozen Brussels sprouts.
  • You can top them with breadcrumbs or dip them in buffalo sauce for a snackable way to enjoy this healthy veggie!
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Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.
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Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze


Description

Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Wash and prep. It all starts with washing and cutting your Brussels sprouts. You can cut them any way you wish though I tend to cut them into quarters and sometimes rounds. Cut and trimmed Brussels sprouts 
  2. Season the Brussels Sprouts. Place cut Brussels sprouts into a bowl. Next up, we season the Brussels sprouts with the Knorr vegetable seasoning powder (optional), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Seasoned Brussels Sprouts in a bowl 
  3. Air fry Brussels Sprouts. You’ll prep your air fryer by placing parchment paper in the basket first, then adding your seasoned Brussels sprouts. Give it a light spray with your oil too. Then set the air fryer at 250F for 20 minutes. I start it low and then increase the temperature so they soften up before crisping up. Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner. 
  4. Shake and turn it up. After 8 minutes of cooking at the lower temperature (250F), remove the parchment paper, shake/turn the Brussels sprouts, and boost the temperature to 300F. You can go up to 350F; let the Brussels sprouts fry and brown to your preference. Be sure to check them every 5 minutes, shaking the basket and turning them for even cooking. Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.  
  5. Plate and serve. When your Brussels sprouts have finished cooking, put them on a platter and drizzle with your balsamic glaze. Then sprinkle goat cheese on top and serve. Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner. 

Notes

Start out with a lower temperature and then turn it up. It ensures the interior of the Brussels sprouts softens up yet gets nice and crispy outside.

Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket, or you will get soggy Brussels Sprouts.

Make sure you shake the basket several times while these cooks. This helps the air circulate and gets all of those Brussels Sprouts evenly crispy.  You can reduce calories by skipping the balsamic glaze.

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: Brussels Sprouts, Air fryer Recipes, Air Fryer Vegetables, Vegetables, Side Dishes, Fried Brussels sprouts

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Tasty, crispy, sweet, and tangy air fryer Brussels sprouts are cooked in the air fryer, drizzled with balsamic glaze, aka balsamic reduction, and finally topped with creamy goat cheese. These Brussels sprouts are crunchy, still tender inside, and crispy outside. That balsamic glaze gives this air-fried Brussels sprouts a sweet and tangy taste, while the goat cheese adds the perfect level of creaminess. This dish is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any night of the week. Also, it will impress guests as a holiday dinner.

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  1. This looks delicious! Not everyone in my family like Brussels sprouts but this recipe just might tempt them. Adding the goat cheese gives it such a unique flavor.

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