Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

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Delicious crispy and flavoursome air fryer frozen Brussel Sprouts. You will love how easy and quick sprouts cook from frozen in the air fryer and our best ways to serve these sprouts at mealtimes.

Frozen sprouts are one of the easiest frozen veggies to air fry and you will love the different flavours you can add to give them the wow factor for you.

Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts
Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

I was a frozen Brussel Sprouts virgin until the spring of 2019. I had never once bought frozen sprouts and cooked them in the air fryer and soon realised I was missing out on something special.

It all came about when I decided to do a big experiment in the cooking of frozen vegetables and led to me writing about instant pot frozen vegetables and instant pot frozen broccoli.

In all honesty, frozen vegetables cooked in kitchen gadgets blew my mind.

You could say that I was a bit of a snob when it came to frozen vegetables and always assumed that they were tasteless and why buy frozen when I can buy fresh????

But after trying out many vegetables last year in both the air fryer and the instant pot there was no going back.

Now when I buy fresh vegetables from the supermarket each week it is a lot more limited to what it once was.

I will buy fresh tomatoes, zucchini, mixed peppers, onions and most other vegetables will come from the frozen section.

My favourite frozen vegetables that I love to cook in the air fryer and the instant pot include:

  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Frozen Cauliflower
  • Frozen Carrots
  • Frozen Brussel Sprouts
  • Frozen Corn

Today we are talking everything frozen brussel sprouts. How to cook frozen brussel sprouts, why sprouts are the best frozen vegetable in the air fryer, crispy frozen brussel sprouts and so much more.

Beyond our air fryer frozen brussel sprouts recipe, we have many more frozen veggies for you to try including: air fryer frozen cauliflower, air fryer frozen broccoli, instant pot frozen veggie soup, instant pot frozen broccoli, and let’s not forget about our instant pot frozen vegetables guide.

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Can You Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

Yes, you can air fry frozen brussel sprouts and you will love them. You can also cook fresh brussel sprouts in the air fryer and most veggies are good the air fryer way.

If you are wondering what frozen brussel sprouts in air fryer are like, then imagine them similar to oven roasted sprouts, you just need less oil for them to be magical.

Why Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

I am one of those veggie loving people that is OBSESSED with brussel sprouts. I would eat them all year round if possible. I know many are either big fans of sprouts or hate them with a passion.

But sadly, when we lived in Portugal fresh had never been an option. Fresh sprouts were only available from 1 UK supermarket over there, and they had been shipped from the UK, so never looked fresh.

So for us to enjoy sprouts back then, it was either frozen or nothing and that’s when we tried air frying frozen sprouts and were amazed by how good they were and how easy prep they are too.

Plus, if you are an air fryer beginner, then sprouts are the easiest. Unlike when you cook air fryer frozen cauliflower, you don’t have to worry that some are bigger than others or that the small bits will end up burnt.

Or when you’re seasoning your frozen veggies after an initial air fry, you know that sprouts will keep their shape.

Best Way To Cook Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

The best way to cook sprouts (especially if you want them crispy) is cooking frozen brussel sprouts in the air fryer.

When you cook sprouts in air fryer, they taste much better than cooked in the skillet or baked in the oven.

It is like eating roasted sprouts that have been made extra crispy due to a lot of fats.

The only difference is that when you cook sprouts in air fryer, hardly any oil is used at all, and they are very SIMPLE to prep.

Plus, you can mix and match your ingredients to make your favourite type of brussel sprouts.

What About Ninja Foodi Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

Now this is an even better idea.

If you cooked Ninja Foodi frozen brussel sprouts you can use the pressure cook button first and do a zero pressure cook. This will then cook the sprouts. Then use the air fryer lid to finish them off and to create crispy sprouts and is also likely to reduce the cook time overall by at least 5 minutes.

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Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer Ingredients

Frozen Brussel Sprouts Air Fryer Ingredients

Sprouts – Let’s start with the frozen brussel sprouts. I have a big bag of them that I buy, and I roughly cook half a bag at a time. I aim to have one single layer of frozen brussel sprouts in air fryer. So, no need to weigh it, just use your own personal judgement.

Oil – If you would like crispy frozen brussel sprouts, then you will need some extra virgin olive oil. I have tried other oils, but they don’t do a good enough job.

Glaze – I much prefer a balsamic glaze on my frozen air fryer brussel sprouts. For this I will include some balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and dried parsley.

Though you can mix and match for your own favourite flavour or add in.

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How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?

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  • Load. Let’s cook frozen brussel sprouts. Place your frozen sprouts in the air fryer basket making sure you don’t over fill it.
  • Cook. Next air fry frozen sprouts for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Prep. Whilst you are cooking frozen brussel sprouts in air fryer, add the other ingredients to a bowl, mix well with a spoon and put to one side.
  • Fork. Then use a fork to check the sprouts is defrosted and fork tender. Then transfer the sprouts to a bowl and mix with the balsamic glaze.
  • Cook. Transfer the bowl of sprouts back to the air fryer basket and air fry for another 6 minutes at 200c/400f or until crispy to your liking.

And that is how easy air fryer brussel sprouts frozen are to cook.  

How Long To Cook Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?

In this frozen brussel sprouts air fryer recipe we recommend a cook time of JUST 21 minutes.

This is divided into 15 minutes to cook this frozen brussel sprouts recipe, then another 6 minutes to make the brussel sprouts nice and crispy and more like the delicious crisp you get when you cook them in the oven.

How To Make Frozen Brussel Sprouts Crispy?

The art to a frozen brussel sprout recipe that is crispy, is what you do with the sprouts once you have used the air fryer to defrost.

If you don’t want a balsamic glaze like we have done, to make the sprouts crispy you can spray with olive oil and then do the final cook time of 6 minutes.

How To Season Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

Lets talk seasoning those frozen brussel sprouts and making sure you are not cooking boring sprouts.

There are lots of different ways to season frozen sprouts BUT you must season once they are defrosted.

Frozen sprouts struggle for seasoning to stay on them and its better to split up the cook time for air fried frozen brussel sprouts into defrosting and then seasoning and then finishing the air frying.

Our frozen brussels sprouts air fryer recipe is with a balsamic glaze but there are many other ways you can cook them including:

Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts With Bacon – To make bacon sprouts, when you go to finish with the final 6 minutes add little chunks of bacon. The bacon will then air fry with the sprouts.

Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts With Maple Syrup – To make the famous maple sprouts swap balsamic vinegar and honey for the same quantity of maple syrup.

Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts With Chestnuts – At Christmas I love air fryer roasted chestnuts. You can follow our chestnuts recipe, chop the chestnuts into little bits (think the size of bacon bits) and then add the chestnuts in with the glaze and then finish air frying for the last 6 minutes.

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Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

This frozen brussels sprouts air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2020.

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Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts
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Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts

Delicious crispy and flavoursome air fryer frozen Brussel Sprouts. You will love how easy and quick sprouts cook from frozen in the air fryer and our best ways to serve these sprouts at mealtimes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time21 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Let’s air fry frozen sprouts. Place frozen brussel sprouts into the air fryer basket, careful that you don’t overfill it. Air fry frozen sprouts in air fryer for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
    How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?
  • In the meantime, add everything else into a mixing bowl and stir with a spoon.
    How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?
  • Check that the sprouts are now defrosted, warmed through and fork tender.
    How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?
  • Transfer the warmed brussel sprouts to the mixing bowl and mix well with the spoon.
    How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?
  • Place the sprouts back into the air fryer basket are air fry for a further 6 minutes at 200c/400f or until crispy to your liking.
    How To Air Fry Frozen Brussel Sprouts In Air Fryer?

Notes

Swaps. You can swap the honey and balsamic vinegar for maple syrup. You can also make these sprouts your own by adding bacon or why not add some chestnuts for your Christmas lunch.
Thanks for reading frozen brussel sprouts in air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious sides do try our air fryer roasted potatoes next.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1273IU | Vitamin C: 144mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts”

  1. 4 stars
    I love Brussel sprouts and used to love them thrown in a hot pan and browned so this was perfect, they cooked great and browned them at the same time!

    Reply
  2. Why are crispy green vegetables suddenly so popular. How much less should they cooked for to have the remaining firm, not soft and squishy or Crosby?

    Reply
    • Hi Delia,

      Not sure why the crispy green veg is a thing at the moment we just love vegetables crisped up in the air fryer, if you do not want them crispy then take off a couple of minutes and they should be firm without been crispy and not very squishy 🙂

      Reply
  3. Don’t know what happened there it was ‘squashy or crispy’?.
    Difficult to write comment with so many live adverts keep getting in the way.
    I am really pleased to have found your website, showing how to cook individual foods in the air fryer, rather than recipes with numerous ingredients and spices which are not always suitable for dietary needs.
    Thank you.

    Reply

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