These air fryer maple Brussels sprouts make use of frozen Brussels sprouts and are quick and easy to make and only take 10-15 minutes in the air fryer. The sauce is a delicious blend of sweet maple syrup, tart balsamic vinegar, sharp Dijon mustard, and savory dried thyme.
You're only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes away from a delicious side dish.
If you love your greens and love brussels sprouts this air fryer recipe is for you. It's not always possible because of availability and sometimes not very budget-friendly to have fresh Brussels sprouts on hand.
But if you have a few bags of frozen vegetables in your freezer at all times like I try to do, then whipping up a delicious side dish is fairly simple.
These air fryer Brussels sprouts are coated in a sauce made with pure maple syrups, white balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and dried thyme for a sweet, savory, and tangy coating.
Try these minimal prep, quick cooking balsamic brussels sprouts as a simple side dish for your next weeknight dinner!
This recipe is vegetarian and vegan.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
- Brussels sprouts: I use a bag of frozen baby Brussels sprouts. These are pretty small Brussels sprouts.
- For the sauce: olive oil, pure maple syrup, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, and white balsamic vinegar.
- Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Balsamic: If you don't have white balsamic vinegar, use the more common dark balsamic vinegar for a bolder tangy flavor.
- Seasoning: Add red pepper flakes for a bit of a spicy kick.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, and white balsamic vinegar.
- Add the frozen Brussels sprouts to the bowl and toss sprouts to coat.
Season with salt and pepper. I use about ½ teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
If using table salt, use half the amount. Taste the Brussels sprouts once cooked and season to perfection.
- Transfer the sprouts to an air fryer basket or tray, spreading them out in a single layer. Reserve the extra sauce to drizzle on the cooked sprouts.
- The cooking time will vary based on the size of the sprouts. I use baby brussels and they cook in 10-12 minutes. Larger sprouts may take a few minutes longer.
Use parchment paper or foil if you're worried about the sauce dripping while cooking.
Flip the sprouts halfway through cooking time. They are done when fork tender and have a deep golden brown color.
Once done transfer the cooked Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and coat with the reserved sauce. Serve hot.
Can I make these in the oven instead of an air fryer?
Yes, you can make this recipe in the oven. Follow instructions similar to my brown sugar Brussels sprouts. Place the sprouts on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until nearly cooked. Remove from the oven and coat with the sauce. Bake for a further 5 minutes.
Can I use fresh Brussels sprouts?
Yes, you can use fresh Brussels sprouts in this recipe. Trim and half any large sprouts and then carry on with the recipe, cooking for about 10 minutes and shaking the tray halfway.
Tips for cooking Brussels sprouts in the air fryer
What to serve with air fryer maple balsamic Brussels sprouts
Serve these sprouts as a side to pasta dishes like lemon pepper pasta, spicy mac and cheese, brown butter noodles or creamy tomato pasta sauce with chicken and linguine.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat by microwaving, sauteing in a skillet on the stovetop, or air frying at a lower temperature just until heated through.
To prevent soggy Brussels sprouts make sure to preheat the air fryer so the sprouts start cooking immediately, don't thaw the sprouts, shake the sprouts halfway, and don't overcook the sprouts.
Air fryer Frozen Maple Brussels Sprouts
- Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer or similar
- Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Add the Brussels sprouts and toss to coat.
- Add the Brussels to the air fryer tray or basket, leaving back the extra sauce. Coat the Brussels with the leftover sauce when they are done.
- Air fry the Brussels at 400°F for 12-16 minutes, shaking halfway.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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