Easy and delicious side dishes are so hard to come by. These Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprouts are so hands-off, healthy, and ready in under 30 minutes!
When I go to a restaurant, my favorite side to order (besides fries) is Brussels sprouts. I love trying new preparations and trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. There’s a burger joint in Louisville that has the best Brussels I’ve ever had and I keep trying to figure them out with little success. These Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprouts are one of the happy accidents that came out of those experiments.
What’s not to love about these Brussels sprouts? They’re literally so easy. You just toss all of the ingredients together, then air fry them. So simple. They’re done in under 30 minutes and will for sure be your new favorite fall side dish. P.S. Don’t be afraid of getting your sprouts nice and browned. You may think that they’re burned, but those extra crispy leaves are the best.
I’m a huge huge huge fan of my air fryer. I know all of the professionally trained celebrity chefs say that it’s basically a glorified tiny convection oven and that I say, “…AND?” Convection ovens are amazing and not every Tom, Dick, and Harry has access to one. Therefore, air fryers are extremely convenient for average families and I think you need one, ASAP. Michael Symon, be damned.
J.K. I actually love Michael Symon and I got to have him cook for me one time at a private PGA Championship event. There’s a bit of MMC trivia for ya.
Ingredients & Subs
- Brussels sprouts — King of the castle baby. In my top five favorite veggies for SURE.
- Olive Oil — You could definitely use a more neutral oil if you like. Avocado oil would work well.
- Apple Cider Vinegar — I’m partial to ACV here, but balsamic vinegar is also a favorite. I find that balsamic has such a distinct flavor that you almost would consider them “Balsamic Brussels” instead of vinegar Brussels if that makes sense.
- Salt — Since salt and vinegar both kind of hit the same place on the tongue, you may or may not need more salt. I like to start with 3/4 of a tsp during the cooking process and add more after if needed.
- Pepper — Some people prefer to skip the pepper and I totally get that. I sometimes leave it out of this dish because I want the salt and vinegar to be the stars of the show.
- Parmesan — Totally optional but a nice finishing touch.
**If you like, you can add bacon to your Brussels! Just cut the bacon in chunks roughly the size of the sprouts and toss them right in the air fryer alongside. As much as I LOVE bacon, I actually prefer these as-is so that the vinegar flavor stands out and the fatty bacon doesn’t overpower.
How to store
These Air Fryer Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprouts can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, add them your 350º air fryer and cook for 10. You may also freeze the Brussels sprouts for 3 months or so. You can store fresh Brussels sprouts in an uncovered bowl in the fridge and I find they last up to a couple of weeks this way.
You want to pick Brussels sprouts that feel tight and hard when you squeeze them. I tend to go for the smaller ones as they have a sweeter flavor. If you find them on the stalk at peak season (Sept-Feb), those are usually the freshest but definitely not necessary.
You want to make sure that you trim them up but cutting off the very bottom of the stem and peeling back the first few leaves, especially if you see any imperfections. Be sure to give them a quick rinse as well because there could be trapped dirt around the leaves.
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- 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
- 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- shaved parmesan, for serving
- Pre-heat air fryer to 380ºF.
- In a bowl, toss together brussels sprouts, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Place brussels sprouts in the air fryer basket. Fry for 18 minutes, stirring them halfway through.
- Season with additional salt if desired and top with shaved parmesan.
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