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In the past few years, I’ve gotten into roasted Brussels sprouts. I love the way they crisp up and lose their bitter taste. I knew I had to create an air fryer sweet and spicy Brussels sprouts recipe because it’s my favorite way to enjoy them!
You might call me crazy, but I didn’t try sweet and sour sauce until I was 26. The only time I ever saw it was in those little packets of Chinese takeout that don’t have the ingredients listed, so I never tried it.
Yes, I’m one of those people who needs to know exactly what’s in my food before I eat it. I don’t diet and definitely eat my sweets, but I still like to watch things like sodium in the foods I eat.
If you are dieting on either a low carb or keto, diet, you can enjoy these Brussels sprouts. While the sweet chili sauce contains carbs, it comes down to only about 4.5 grams of carbs per serving.
If you don’t want to use olive oil while on keto, switch it out for 1 tablespoon melted butter.
I made this recipe in my Cosori Air Fryer. I love that it has a square basket and can hold more food. It’s perfect for my family of 4.
How to Make Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts
If you are picking Brussels sprouts out in bulk, try to pick smaller ones keeping consistent on size. This allows the Brussels Sprouts to cook evenly.
My local Wegmans carries a family size of Brussels sprouts for cheaper than a normal package, so I bought 2 pounds worth and kept the other half for another recipe a few days later.
Trim the Brussels Sprouts at the bottom, remove the outside layers, and then cut each one in half. Some people will say to keep smaller ones full, but my favorite part about air frying this delicious vegetable is getting the inside nice and crispy.
Put the Brussels Sprouts in a bowl and mix with the oil, salt, and pepper.
Preheat your air fryer to 400 for about 5 minutes while prepping your veggies. It creates a more even cooking environment.
Put the air fryer Brussels sprouts into the air fryer basket. They can be touching and stacked, but should never fill your air fryer basket more than halfway.
Set the bowl aside as you will use it again.
Cook the Brussels sprouts for 8 to 10 minutes shaking the basket halfway through their cooking time.
Take the Brussels Sprouts out of the air fryer and place back into the bowl. Add the sweet chili sauce and mix to coat. I love using this Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce.
I can not tolerate overly spicy foods, so just the Sweet Chili Sauce is enough for me. If you like it a little spicier, add a small pinch of red pepper flakes to take the heat up a notch.
Add the air fryer sweet and spicy Brussels sprouts back to the air fryer and cook on 400 degrees for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove from the air fryer and enjoy it immediately!
Do I Need to Wash Brussels Sprouts?
Just like any vegetable, Brussels sprouts should be washed before being cooked.
Although they are not typically a dirty vegetable, you should rinse them under cold water to get any remaining dirt off.
I use a colander and wash them with cold water under the faucet for a minute moving them around. This way the dirt falls out of the colander leaving them clean.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (like Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce)
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degres for about 5 minutes.
- Add halved brussels sprouts into a bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
- Place brussels sprouts into the air fryer and set bowl aside. It's okay if they overlap, just do not fill your air fryer more than halfway.
- Cook brussels sprouts for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- Remove brussels sprouts from air fryer and put back into bowl. Toss in sweet chili sauce and add red pepper flakes if using. Mix to combine.
- Put brussels sprouts back into air fryer and cook for 1-2 minutes to heat up the sauce.
- Remove from the air fryer and enjoy immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 158mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g