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Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts

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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!

Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprouts on a white plate

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.

Don’t have a Cosori Air Fryer? (I highly recommend it and it’s a cheaper brand) You can make this air fryer recipe with a Ninja Foodi, Power Air Fryer Oven, and more.

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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.

Brussels Sprouts halved in a bowl

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees 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.

Brussels Sprouts inside Air Fryer

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.

Sweet Chili on Brussels Sprouts inside air fryer

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!

Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts on white plate

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. 

Plated Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with fork on the side


Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

Air Fryer Asparagus

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts

Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprouts on a white plate

A sweet and spicy air fryer side dish that creates crispy brussels sprouts with a nice kick in flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Add halved Brussels sprouts into a bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Place Brussels sprouts into the air fryer and set the bowl aside. It's okay if they overlap, just do not fill your air fryer more than halfway.
  4. Cook brussels sprouts for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
  5. Remove brussels sprouts from the air fryer and put back into the bowl. Toss in sweet chili sauce and add red pepper flakes if using. Mix to combine.
  6. Put brussels sprouts back into the air fryer and cook for 1-2 minutes to heat up the sauce.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts”

    • I’ve never tried making frozen Brussels Sprouts in the air fryer yet, but I would love to know how they turn out! They’ve been on my list of frozen foods to make.

      I would try using the same temperature and cook them for about 3-5 extra minutes. If they are browning more quickly, drop the temperature down by 20-30 degrees when shaking halfway through.

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