Instant Pot Air fryer brussel sprouts are my new favorite way to make brussel sprouts. They come out so crisp and cook much faster than in the oven. Even skeptics will be converted when they try this crispy brussels sprouts recipe. If you don’t have an Instant Pot air fryer or air fryer lid, you can use a traditional air fryer or bake them in the oven.
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I love my Duo Crisp air fryer and have been trying out lots of different recipes lately. My favorite things to make in my air fryer are roasted vegetables like these air fryer roasted potatoes and desserts like air fryer pound cake. Pound cake in the air fryer, you ask? You need to try the recipe – it’s one of my favorites!
I normally roast brussel sprouts in the oven but find the air fryer to be so much more convenient. The brussels sprouts come out much crispier and cook faster than when I make them in the oven. This recipe has Asian flavors that complement but don’t overwhelm the vegetables.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot air fryer or air fryer lid, you can use a traditional air fryer. The recipe works just as well. I’ve also provided instructions in the recipe card on how to make roasted brussel sprouts in the oven too.
Tips and Substitutions
How to prep the brussel sprouts
Cut off the stem of the brussel sprout first. If the brussel sprouts are large, I quarter them. If they’re medium-sized, I halve them and if they’re small, I leave them whole. This allows for even cooking. Try and buy similar-sized ones if possible. Find out more details about how to prep brussel sprouts.
I make brussel sprouts with different seasonings. Sometimes I just add salt, pepper, and paprika if I have a main dish that is very flavorful. But these Asian brussels sprouts are my favorite.
If you feel that the spices aren’t enough or too overpowering, please adjust the quantity of the spices next time you make the recipe. I like things spicy and even add some extra sriracha sauce. You can also substitute sambal oelek, chili garlic sauce, or gochujang for the sriracha.
Another way to change up the recipe is to squeeze a little lime juice on the brussel sprouts after they’re done cooking. It gives the recipe an extra zing. I increase the quantity of honey if I plan on adding lime juice.
To make the air fryer brussel sprouts with bacon, precook the bacon and chop into small pieces. Add the bacon to the brussel sprouts before the last minute of air frying.
Tips to Prevent Sticking
I’ve found the best way to prevent food from sticking to the basket is to coat the basket with oil. I use a refillable sprayer (not the aerosol cooking spray cans which can ruin the coating on the basket) or I soak a paper towel with oil and coat the basket with oil.
Using my hands to apply the oil to the brussel sprouts is the best way to get maximum coverage. Just be sure to wash your hands really well afterwards!
No, you can stack them in the basket but make sure they are evenly spread out. Also, make sure you don’t overfill the basket so air can circulate.
These brussel sprouts come out pretty tender with a slight chew, just the way I like them. But if you want them to be softer on the inside, you have a few options.
You can air fry them for an extra minute. You can also soak the brussels sprouts in cold water for 10 minutes before air frying. Make sure you drain them and dry them before adding the spices.
Since every air fryer model is different, be sure to check on them after about 12 minutes to make sure they’re not burning. Also, shake the basket partway through the cooking time. You can do this multiple times if you’re concerned about them burning.
Sometimes the loose leaves burn while the remaining pieces are cooked fine. To keep the brussel sprout leaves from burning, separate the loose leaves from the brussel sprouts at the beginning and add the loose leaves about 6 minutes into the air frying process.
I’ve never had an issue with the brussels sprouts sticking to the basket. But just to be safe, I spray the basket with a light spritz of oil – you don’t need too much. Don’t use the canned oil spray, but instead use an oil spray mister that can be filled with oil. [Read More: Go to the section Air Fryer Tips in my guide on how to use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp]
Yes, you can use frozen but you’ll need to increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Although you can use frozen brussel sprouts, they’re not my favorite because I find that they end up less crispy and more cooked on the inside than fresh brussel sprouts. They’re still pretty good though, in a pinch.
Yes, you can use the same timing and temperature to make these Instant Pot roasted brussel sprouts using the air fryer lid.
Yes, you can reheat the brussel sprouts in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes.
I don’t preheat the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + air fryer before roasting. Please note that the Duo Crisp has a built-in preheat time.
When I make two batches, I do notice that the second batch cooks faster since the air fryer is quite hot. It’s best to follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
Overcrowding the air fryer can result in soggy or undercooked food. It depends on the capacity of your air fryer. Some air fryers can accommodate more food.
If you need to air fry double the quantity, you can do it in two batches. Once both batches are done, combine the brussel sprouts and air fry them for about a minute to heat them all the way through.
If you’re new to the Instant Pot and aren’t familiar with how to use it, you might find it helpful to first read one of the following guides and then come back here to learn how to make this recipe.
- Instant Pot DUO Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot ULTRA Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO EVO PLUS Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO NOVA Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO GOURMET Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO CRISP Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot PRO Beginner’s Manual
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts – Ingredients
Ingredient quantities are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post
How to make roasted brussel sprouts in the air fryer (Step by step instructions for Duo Crisp model)
- Season the brussel sprouts
- Place in air fryer basket
- Program the air fryer
- Remove lid to turn the brussel sprouts partway through cooking
- Shake the basket and continue cooking
- Remove lid after cooking is complete
- Transfer to serving dish
Season the brussel sprouts
- Wash, rinse, and dry the brussel sprouts. Trim off the ends and cut them in half.
- Mix together onion, garlic and pepper powders, soy sauce, sriracha, honey and oil in a small bowl.
- Transfer the brussel sprouts to a medium bowl and coat them with some of the seasonings, making sure all surfaces are covered.
Place in the air fryer basket
- Spray the air fryer basket liberally with vegetable oil.
- Transfer the brussel sprouts into the air fryer basket.
- Put on the air fryer lid.
Program the Air Fryer
- Press the Air Fry Button.
- Press Temp + or – until the temperature says 375F.
- Press the Time + or – until the time says 00:14.
- Press Start.
- The display will say On, and once it has heated up, it will start counting down from 00:14 to 00:00.
Remove lid partway through cooking to turn the food
- Partway through air frying, the Instant Pot will beep and the display will say Turn Food.
- Lift the air fryer lid and place it on the protective pad.
Shake the basket and continue cooking
- Use a nonstick spatula to gently turn the vegetables or using silicone mitts, lift the basket by the handles and shake the brussel sprouts up a couple of times.
- Close the lid.
- Cooking will automatically continue.
Remove lid after cooking is complete
- When the timer runs down, the Instant Pot will beep and the display will say End.
- Lift the air fryer lid and place it on the protective pad.
- If the food’s not cooked to your liking, program the Instant Pot to air fry for another few minutes.
Transfer to serving dish
- Transfer the roasted brussel sprouts to a serving dish and coat with remaining seasoning. Squeeze some lime juice over the top, if desired.
- Serve as a side dish with any main dish such as coq au vin or short ribs.
Oven Instructions for Roasted Brussel Sprouts
To make this recipe in the oven:
- Prep the brussel sprouts and season.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Coat the aluminum foil with oil.
- Spread brussel sprouts in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the brussel sprouts are cooked through.
See the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Instant Pot Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Trim the ends off the brussel sprouts and cut them in half. *
- Soak the brussel sprouts in water for about 15 minutes. Drain and dry with paper towels. Place the brussel sprouts in a large bowl and set aside.
- Mix the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp honey.
- Place the brussel sprouts in a large bowl and pour in the seasonings. Coat evenly until every surface is covered.
Air Fryer Instructions
- Place the air fryer basket in the air fryer and coat with oil. You can either use a paper towel soaked with oil or an oil sprayer. Don't use canned aerosol oil as that can harm the coating of the air fryer basket.
- Transfer the brussel sprouts to the basket and make sure they're evenly spread out.
- Close the lid and air fry for 14 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you are using an Instant Pot air fryer, partway through cooking, the display says turn Food. If you are using an air fryer without this feature, set a timer to turn the brussel sprouts 9 minutes into the cooking process.
- Open the lid and using silicone mitts, lift the basket and shake the contents so the brussel sprouts are tossed well. Close the lid and continue cooking.
- When the cooking time is up, open the lid and check to make sure the sprouts are cooked to your liking. Toss the sprouts again and air fry for another 2 minutes, if desired.
- Stir together remaining soy sauce, honey, sriracha sauce, and olive oil.
- Transfer the brussel sprouts to a serving dish and drizzle reserved seasoning to coat. Squeeze lime juice over the top, if desired.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat the foil with oil.
- Spread the brussel sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender, golden brown, and slightly charred in parts, about 20 minutes.
- Transfer the brussel sprouts to a serving dish. Squeeze lime juice over the top, if desired.
- * Pick brussel sprouts that are about the same size. If they’re different sizes, you might need to cut some of the larger ones into quarters, medium ones into halves and leave small ones whole.
- Cooking time can vary based on the air fryer model and the size of the potato cubes. At the 12-minute mark, check the brussel sprouts to see if they’re done to your liking.
- See the blog post for more detailed recipe tips.
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