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How to Cook Frozen Brussel Sprouts in an Air Fryer?
Air frying your Brussel sprouts is a great way that everyone loves to eat the vegetable. It is one of those green that tastes amazing when cooked crispy, and an air fryer does a fantastic job at this. By just using the air fryer, you can make perfectly roasted frozen Brussel sprouts. When fresh, Brussel sprouts are tough to cook in the air fryer because of all the tiny leaves at its base. It pulls away from the brussel sprout during cooking, and the leaves start to burn. In addition, the air fryer basket needs to be shaken often, which is time-consuming.
Frozen Brussel sprouts in an air fryer will soon become your favorite way to eat your vegetables after trying the recipe I am about to give you. The natural beauty of making frozen Brussel sprouts in an air fryer is that there is no cutting or prep required.
Why Cook Brussel Sprouts In an Air Fryer?
- Easy to do: Roasting Brussel sprouts are the perfect solution for an aspiring meal chef because it is super easy to do. You can easily make a double or triple batch of air-fried Brussel sprouts at one time during meal preparation. The time is cut in half when compared to other cooking techniques. With just a few ingredients, you can create the perfect Brussel sprout – soft on the inside, crisp and caramelized on the outside, and never bitter.
- Uniform cooking: While the best way to make Brussel sprouts in the air fryer is to use frozen Brussel sprouts, I have discovered that it cooks it perfectly if it is also fresh. It, however, does not require as much attention as cooking fresh, but it also tends to cook more uniformly and is less likely to burn. Do keep an eye on it, though!
- Less Time: if you are stretched for time but still need your green filled with flavor and taste, the best way to go is Air frying. It will take about 14 minutes to use the air fryer. It is also less stressful because you don’t have to chop or slice these frozen Brussel sprouts. I love to purchase frozen sprouts since they’re already cleaned, plus they’re usually small in size and cook fast.
- Better Taste: Brussel sprouts are vegan. Doctors and dieticians recommend taking a vegetable-driven diet at least once a week to stay healthy. Using the air fryer preserves the moisture and oil in the sprout while giving it a crunchy outside
- It is Cheap: Frozen Brussel sprouts make a great pantry staple! It is super inexpensive. It is about a dollar per bag and still very filling and satisfying when cooked. This technique uses minimal oil as well.
- Frozen Brussel sprouts.
- Any oil will do for this recipe. It’ll work to keep the Brussel sprouts very crunchy.
- Salt is optional, but I find it adds a significant difference to its taste depending on the brand you get.
First and foremost, open the bag of frozen Brussel sprouts directly into a bowl, and then add necessary or choice seasoning (I recommend a pinch of salt). Next, pour the seasoned brussel sprout into your air fryer basket. Finally, turn the air fryer to 390F and set your timer for 9 minutes (this is for models of air fryers that don’t have preheating enabled).
The next step is to take the basket out of the air fryer and spray the Brussel sprouts with oil (olive oil or avocado oil is what I use), and sprinkle with a little more salt to taste. Shake the basket well to distribute the salt. Place the basket back into the running air fryer. Set your timer for another 7 minutes or until you attain your preferred consistency. After turns off the air fryer, shake the Brussel sprouts again. Serve hot
- Frozen Brussel sprouts. Keep frozen until you are ready to cook.
- Olive oil – or your favorite cooking oil
- Sea salt
- Ground black pepper
This is a step-by-step instruction on preparing Brussel sprouts in the air fryer to come out ideally.
- Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 380F. If it doesn’t do this automatically, manually turn it on 3-5 minutes before cooking.
- Step 2: In a bowl, mix the frozen Brussel sprouts, olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and black pepper. Spread the vegetable mix in the air fryer basket, making sure it is well-spaced for air circulation.
- Step 3: Air fries the frozen Brussel sprouts for 10 mins, then flip it over and cook for additional 7-8 minutes. The sprouts should be brown and crispy on the outside and soft on the insides. I recommend shaking the Brussel sprouts every 5 minutes.
- Step 4: Serve as desired.
- Note: Air fryer models can differ in cooking time, so adjust the timing and temperature in this recipe to your air fryer specification
Tips on Cooking Frozen Brussel Sprouts
- Do not steam frozen Brussel sprouts in the microwave; instead of roast them.
- Do not unfreeze the frozen Brussel sprouts. The best way to cook Brussel sprouts in the air fryer is to use frozen Brussel sprouts! This is because frozen Brussel sprouts cook more evenly than fresh.
- Be flexible and ready to adjust the timing and temperature because of the varying sizes of the Brussel sprouts.
- Know the type of air fryer you are using and its features; different air fryers cook at different temperatures.
- Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket to ensure even cooking. Instead, I recommend putting them in a single layer with room between the rolls so the air can circulate.
- During air frying, shake the basket severally during cooking.
- Always keep an eye on your food and often check the first time you’re making a new recipe.
In conclusion, this frozen Brussel sprouts air fryer recipe is super simple, and it is a perfect side dish for your dinner table. It is a time-saving and easy recipe that can be served as-is or add a preferred garnish to the next level. Roast it with oil, salt, and pepper, then cooking them long enough to get the bitter taste out and enjoy your perfectly caramelized Brussel sprouts.