These maple lemon glazed Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are golden CRISPY and super addictive! Super easy to make and ridiculously good, this is sure to become your quick go-to air fried brussels sprouts recipe!

6 ingredients only (salt included), plus oven instructions to those who don’t have an air fryer (yet). These crispy maple lemon glazed brussels sprouts are made for everyday as well as holiday!

Photo shows a white plate loaded with crispy air fried brussels sprouts with lemon on the side
Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Maple Lemon Glaze!

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with maple lemon glaze!

I have to admit that I wasn’t a Brussels sprouts fan. :d In my mind, vegetables should be crisp, tender, and full of juice like my Napa cabbage casserole, baby bok choy salad, and Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce, and brussels sprouts just don’t seem to fall into that category – they tend to be dry and hard to chew.

It wasn’t until I got my first air fryer did I realize how delicious air fried brussels sprouts could be! And today’s recipe is one of my new favorite air fryer recipes.

Why these brussels sprouts in air fryer are so good –

  • They are crispy outside and perfectly tender inside – I include a simple trick below on how to achieve that!
  • Cook super fast – 5 minute preheat and 10 minutes cook time.
  • Maple lemon glaze – little sweet and little tart…so good!

Why I love using air fryer:

Air fryer is essentially a mini convection oven that works by circulating hot air around your food.

  • The hot air circulates inside of a small air fryer chamber and moves more rapidly, which speeds up the cooking process.
  • Air fryer also has a basket with holes all over that allow air to circulate around the bottom of your food.
  • It helps to keep our kitchen less messy, especially when you cook oily foods like honey sriracha chicken, Thai chicken satay, and air fryer lemon chicken bites.
  • It preheats quickly. For my current air fryer – a 5.8 qt. Cosori, the preheat time is 5 minutes.
  • Essentially once you nail down the perfect cook time and temperature your food cooks faster and tastes extra crispy.
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How to make air fryer brussels sprouts with maple lemon glaze

The ingredients:

With 6 ingredients only (salt included), this recipe couldn’t be simpler!

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Maple syrup (or keto maple syrup, product link in my recipe card)
  • Lemon juice

The secret:

The secret to crispy outside and tender inside brussels sprouts is to soak them. Remember I said that I didn’t like Brussels sprouts because they taste really dry to me? This article recommends soaking them for 10 minutes prior to cooking and it totally works!

The directions:

  1. Trim the bottom end off of Brussel sprouts and slice them in half. For extra large ones, quarter them.
  2. Rinse and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Toss the sprouts with the seasonings.
  4. Preheat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes then air fry the sprouts for 10 minutes. Toss the basket after 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer them to a serving bowl and toss with the maple lemon sauce!

Storage and reheat tips

These brussels sprouts in the air fryer taste light and refreshing. They store well in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, I prefer pan roasting them to warm up the vegetables.

What to serve with air fried brussels sprouts

These maple brussels sprouts will pair well with all types of savory main dishes. Serve it as a simple side dish with my air fried lemon chicken thighs, bang bang shrimp, keto ground beef with worcestershire sauce, or healthy air fried sesame chicken!

It also goes well with my Chinese ginger scallion cod (made in an oven or air fryer!), Creamy shrimp pasta, or .

And of course, this is a great side dish for the holidays! I see them pair beautifully with Sauteed mushrooms with cauliflower crumbles, Cranberry and Cinnamon roasted delicata squash, Roasted cherry tomatoes with balsamic garlic sauce, Maple Roasted Spatchcock Chicken, and Herby Lamb Korma. What an impressive holiday feast!

A close shot of the brussels sprouts after air fried
6 ingredients (salt included!), fast, and delicious!

Want to make it from the stovetop?

If you prefer to use stovetop, follow my Skillet Roasted Brussels Sprouts instructions on how to pan roast the sprouts.

Photo shows a white plate loaded with crispy air fried brussels sprouts with lemon on the side
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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Maple Lemon Glaze

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Soaking time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 serving
Author: ChihYu
These maple lemon glazed Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are golden CRISPY and super addictive! 6 ingredients only (salt included), plus oven instructions to those who don’t have an air fryer (yet). They are made for everyday as well as holiday!
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Ingredients 

  • 1.5 lb. Brussels Sprouts
  • 2.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp keto maple syrup, or regular maple syrup

For the maple lemon sauce:

  • 1.5 tbsp keto maple syrup, or regular maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, about half of one whole lemon

Instructions 

  • Trim the bottom end off of Brussel sprouts and slice them in half. For extra large ones, quarter them.
  • Rinse and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. This will help the sprouts taste more tender in the center. Make sure you drain and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Preheat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. In the meantime, toss the sprouts with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sprouts to the fryer basket and spread them out to an even layer. Some overlap is okay. Air fryer for 10 minutes. Toss the basket after 5 minutes to ensure evenly cooking on all sides.
  • In a separate small bowl, make the maple lemon sauce.
  • Transfer the brussels sprouts to a serving bowl and toss with the maple lemon sauce. Taste and adjust with more salt, if needed. Serve warm.

Notes

To Make This Dish In An Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 400F. After you soak, pat dry, and season the sprouts, pour them on a sheet pan and rearrange them to a single layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until crisp outside and tender inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly.
The nutritional label is a rough estimate using keto friendly maple syrup. Each serving size is the total quantity divided by 6. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 416mg, Potassium: 449mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 98mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Photo shows serving the brussels sprouts on a white plate with maple sauce and lemon on the side
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