Brussels Sprouts are a great "change-of-pace" vegetable to break out of the monotonous trio of broccoli, green beans, carrots. The typical downside is they take forever to really cook through and are taste the best when crispy. Which usually would require a combination of cooking in a pan AND the oven which is time consuming and kind of a pain in the ass. Enter the Air Fryer, which is not only super simple but also fast.
- 2+ pounds of fresh Brussels Sprouts
- Sea Salt / Pink Himalayan Salt Grinder
- Black Peppercorn Grinder
- 14 Grams (~1 Tbsp) Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
- OPTIONAL. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Cut off the stem end of each sprout. Remove any creepy looking outer leaves, then cut each sprout in half lengthwise. Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Set the Air Fryer to just about 375 degrees and set the timer for 20 minutes. We're going to let that preheat while we finish prepping these B sprouts.
- Add the Olive/Avocado oil to the bowl of Brussels sprouts. Mix together with a large spoon. (One of the benefits of the Air Fryer is you can get along with a minimal amount of cooking oil.)
- Add plenty of sea salt and black peppercorn on top of the sprouts in the bowl and then mix together again until coated. I suggest going with more salt+pepper than less.
- If you want a little bit of spicy, add in the crushed red chili flakes and mix together.
- Pause the Air Fyer, remove the tray and add the seasoned Brussels sprouts. It's ok if there isn't enough room for them all to lay completely flat. Shake the tray back-and-forth so they distribute roughly equally.
- Adjust the timer up/down to 16 minutes (from the initial 20 when we started preheating.) Cook for 16 minutes, pausing the Air Fryer at the 8 minute mark briefly to shake the tray to redistribute the sprouts to cook more evenly.
The real upside here is how crispy these Brussels sprouts come out, the Air Fryer is a real game changer for making vegetables like this. Enjoy! ✌️
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