Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are combined with maple syrup and bacon for a sweet and savory crispy treat! The best part? It will be ready in just 20 minutes!

A fork holding air fried Brussels sprouts and bacon.

Since getting my air fryer, I have been experimenting with air frying vegetables. I love how they get crispy around the outside and tender on the inside with very little oil. Air frying Brussels sprouts is so easy and the addition of the bacon and maple syrup makes it taste amazing.

If you are looking for more tasty vegetable recipes, try air fryer cauliflower, instant pot carrots with brown sugar glaze, and roasted broccoli with garlic. Another favorite air fryer recipe is our Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe.

And if you want to serve the Brussels sprouts with some amazing beef, I highly recommend making Crockpot Beef Tips.

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❤️Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Air-fried vegetables have completely changed my relationship with veggies.

They have gone from a necessary boring (sometimes mushy) side dish to a crispy and flavorful side dish that I actually look forward to eating!

If you feel the same way about veggies, or just want more interesting and exciting ways to enjoy your daily allotment of vegetables, then air-fried brussels sprouts are the recipe for you.

The brussels sprouts come out perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the outside. They are not stinky at all.

Plus, the maple syrup olive oil dressing you coat them with adds sweetness to this tiny leafy vegetable that is the perfect contrast to the nutty vegetable.

The bacon makes it out of this world good!

And if you love bacon, you will also want to try making bacon in your air fryer.


A dish of air fried Brussels sprouts surrounded by a list of ingredients.

To make air fryer brussels sprouts, you will need the following ingredients:

Brussels Sprouts: Look for smaller sprouts 1 – 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The leaves should be tightly packed together and the sprouts should be firm to the touch, not mushy.

Maple Syrup: This recipe calls for pure maple syrup. Pancake syrup will not have the same results.

Bacon: For best results, choose thick-cut bacon as it cooks at the same rate as the brussels sprouts. Plus it comes out crispy on the outside while staying chewy in the center. Yum!

Scroll to the bottom for the complete list of ingredient measurements and printable recipe card.

📖 Ingredient Swaps

Bacon Bits: Although fresh bacon is preferred, bacon bits can be used as a substitute. Simply mix them into the finished dish before serving. I recommend 1/2 cup of bacon bits.

Honey: Equal parts honey can be swapped out for maple syrup.

🔪Step-by-Step Instructions

A small glass bowl filled with maple syrup and olive oil.
Step 1: Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
Bacon and Brussels sprouts inside a metal bowl.
Step 2: Pour the maple syrup combination over halved Brussels sprouts and chopped bacon. Stir until evenly coated.
Brussels sprouts and bacon combined inside the basket of an air fryer.
Step 3: Arrange brussels sprouts inside the air fryer. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, until slightly charred.
Charred Brussels sprouts and bacon inside an air fryer.
Step 4: Remove from the air fryer. Serve and enjoy!

👩🏻‍🍳Expert Cooking Tips

Picking the best brussels sprouts

Look for small to medium-sized brussels sprouts that are firm and not squishy. Large sprouts tend to have less flavor. The sprouts should be bright in color with tightly packed leaves. Avoid sprouts with yellowing leaves or a browning stem.

Depending on what your grocer offers, your brussels sprouts may be sold attached to the stalk. If your sprouts are still on the stalk, this is a great video on how to cut them off.

Make sure to serve them with a delicious main dish. We suggest instant pot ham, Instant Pot Italian beef, or spicy meatloaf.

💭Recipe FAQs

Why won’t my brussel sprouts get crispy?

If your brussel sprouts aren’t getting crispy in the air fryer, there could be a couple of reasons. First, make sure they’re evenly coated with oil—just a light drizzle will do. Also, don’t overcrowd the basket. Give them some space so the hot air can circulate. And lastly, try shaking the basket or flipping the sprouts halfway through cooking. That should help get you that crispy goodness you’re looking for!

What temperature do brussel sprouts need?

If making air fryer brussels sprouts, cook them at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, until crispy.
Roasting Brussels sprouts in the oven typically takes about 20-25 minutes at 400°F for them to become tender and slightly crispy on the edges. Remember to toss them halfway through for even cooking!

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Aileen Clark
Add these crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with bacon and maple syrup to your list of air fryer recipes to try. You will never want to eat brussels sprouts another way again!
4.60 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 185 kcal


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts halved
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Combine brussels sprouts and bacon in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the brussels sprouts and mix until fully coated.
  • Arrange brussels sprouts in basket or tray of air fryer.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes, until sprouts are crispy and bacon is fully cooked. Shake twice during cooking.


Look for small to medium-sized brussels sprouts that are firm and not squishy. Large sprouts tend to have less flavor. The sprouts should be bright in color with tightly packed leaves. Avoid sprouts with yellowing leaves or a browning stem.


Serving: 1/2 cupCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 655mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8g
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    1. Hi Nora. Thanks for brining that to my attention. Unfortunately, our recipe card is not always 100% accurate.