Air frier Brussel sprouts with parmesan and balsamic glaze

Restaurant style Air Fried Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

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Air fryer Brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze need to be on your dinner table, or lunch table or whatever table you usually eat your Brussel sprouts on! They are crispy, lighter than your typical fried Brussel sprouts, and packed with delicious flavors. I can’t stop air frying my Brussel sprouts because of this specific recipe!

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Air fryer brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze

A few years ago, I worked at a restaurant that served fried Brussel sprouts. Me, being the person that doesn’t go out to eat too often, had never tried fried Brussel sprouts before!


The second I tried those fried Brussel sprouts at my old restaurant, I was hooked. That became my main source or nutrition… Obviously I wasn’t too proud of it because that dish was deep fried and packed with oil. I knew I wanted to recreate the fried Brussel sprouts from Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill but lighter by making it in the airfryer, so I did!

This is the best restaurant style air fried Brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze recipe ever!

I don’t take the previous phrase, lightly and neither does my family. They ask for this healthier veggie side dish time and time again because it is delicious and so packed with flavor.

To be honest, I don’t mind making it over and over again either because it is both healthy and tastes amazing, especially with the toppings that I like to add to them!

Over head shot of brussel sprouts in a plate with a spoon next to them

What’s so special about these air fryer Brussel sprouts

These balsamic glazed air fried Brussel sprouts are a family favorite and here is why:

  • They are not too greasy
  • These air fryer Brussel sprouts are very quick to make
  • They have a depth of flavor like no other
  • You would almost thing that you got them from a restaurant (yup, they’re that good)
  • They paid perfectly with so many dishes, making them the perfect side dish.
  • They’re vegetarian friendly and can be Vegan friendly if you use a different cheese.
  • These Brussel sprouts are perfectly crispy.
Close up of a fork with air fryer Brussel sprouts

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Ingredients to make the best Brussel sprouts in the air fryer

To make your own restaurant style fried Brussel sprouts, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Brussel sprouts– You will need fresh Brussel sprouts for this recipe.
  • Olive oil– A little olive oil goes a long way here, we’re trying to make this air fryer recipe a little healthier after all.
  • Salt and pepper– Salt and pepper are necessary to elevate the taste of our air fried veggies.
  • Shaved parmesan– A little cheese to add depth of flavor to our Brussel sprouts.
  • Balsamic glazeBalsamic glaze adds sweetness and a little more depth of flavor to our Brussel sprouts as well.
  • Roasted walnuts Use roasted and salted walnuts preferably. The nuts in this recipe add an amazing textural element.

What air fryer do you use?

You can use whatever air fryer you own, but the one I have is the Ninja AF1000. It can be a little too small for large families but you can always go for a bigger one like this large air fryer.

If you use a different air fryer and love it, please let me know in the comments below which one you have and why you love it so much!

How to make balsamic glaze at home?

To make a good balsamic glaze at home, you always have to start with a good quality balsamic vinegar.

Now, if you’re using a very good quality balsamic vinegar you don’t even have to add anything to it, you can reduce it for as is and you’ll get a beautiful balsamic glaze. To reduce it, take about 2 cups of balsamic vinegar place them in a saucepan and heat on medium low heat for 20 minutes or until you have about 1/2 cup of balsamic glaze.

Let the glaze cool completely as it will thicken the more it cools down.

How to make crispy air fryer Brussel sprouts?

  1. In a large bowl mix the Brussel sprouts, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Transfer to the air fryer basket and air fry at 360F for 15 minutes making sure to shake the air fryer basket halfway there so that each one cooks evenly. Taste the seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  3. Serve and immediately top with parmesan cheese, balsamic glaze, and walnuts while the Brussel sprouts are still hot.
Brussel sprouts fried in the air fryer

Tips for the best air fryer Brussel sprouts recipe

To make the best air fryer balsamic glaze in the world you need to:

  • This recipe was written for my air fryer, if your air fryer is smaller make sure to air fry the Brussel sprouts in batches in order to not pile them onto each other.
  • Cooking time varies depending on the size of your Brussel sprouts. Mine were on the smaller side so they cooked a little faster.
  • It the cheese doesn’t fully melt when you place it on your hot Brussel sprouts, feel free to microwave them for 15-30 seconds.

How to store cooked Brussel sprouts?

Brussel sprouts can be store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. I usually don’t have any leftovers because everyones pounces on these like they’re been starving for week!

Plates stacked with brussel sprouts on top with balsamic glaze

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Air fryer brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze

These air fried Brussel sprouts are the perfect side dish. They are ready in about 20 minutes and are topped with shaved parmesan, balsamic glaze, and walnuts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs brussel sprouts with the ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, and cut in quarters, lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese shaved
  • 2 tsp balsamic glaze
  • 3 tbsp walnuts toasted and salted

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl mix the Brussel sprouts, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer to the air fryer basket and air fry at 360F for 15 minutes making sure to shake the air fryer basket halfway there so that each one cooks evenly. Taste the seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve and immediately top with parmesan cheese, balsamic glaze, and walnuts while the Brussel sprouts are still hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 875IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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