Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

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For an irresistible side dish that is so easy to make, air fryer brussels sprouts with bacon is our go-to recipe!

Ready in minutes and packed with sweet and savory flavors, this side dish goes with lots of different meal ideas – and you won’t have much left over!

cooked brussels sprouts with bacon pieces on white plate on wooden board
Air fryer brussels sprouts with bacon are so, so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you make brussels sprouts with bacon in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you know exactly how to make it!

  • The prep for this recipe is very similar to how you’d make regular brussels sprouts in the air fryer. The difference is that we cook the bacon right in the air fryer with the brussels sprouts. If you already have bacon, and only need to make the brussels sprouts, follow our regular brussels sprouts recipe!
  • We like to add some maple syrup to make it a little bit sweet. However, the sugar content of the syrup can caramelize/blacken some of the smaller leaves of the brussels sprouts. If you don’t want this to happen and/or don’t want a hint of sweetness, feel free to skip the maple syrup.
  • As for bacon, we add both the bacon and brussels sprouts together and cook them at the same time. The bacon gets cooked but isn’t super crispy. If you want the bacon to be very crispy, pre-cook the bacon in the air fryer, then remove it and cook the brussels sprouts, then re-add the bacon in the final two minutes of cooking the brussels sprouts!
  • If the bacon you are using is already very salty, you might want to skip adding any extra salt to the brussels sprouts.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the detailed instructions on how to make air-fried brussels sprouts with bacon, you can follow the recipe steps with process photos in this section.

This way, you can see just how we made ours!

If you don’t like visuals, you can skip to the bottom of this post for cooking times and temps without photos.

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Cut the brussels sprouts.

Cut off the stem end of the brussels sprouts and remove the outer leaves. Then cut the sprouts in half.

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Cut the bacon.

Next, cut the bacon slices into small, bite-sized pieces.

raw bacon added to silver bowl full of cut brussels sprouts on counter
Add the brussels sprouts, bacon, and other ingredients to a bowl.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

While you wait, add the cut brussels sprouts as well as the oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and bacon pieces to a mixing bowl.

bacon and brussels sprouts mixed together in silver bowl with spoon on counter
Mix the brussels sprouts, bacon, and spices.

Gently toss everything until the brussels sprouts are evenly coated in spices and oil. You can also use a spoon to mix.

If the bacon you are using is very salty, you might want to skip adding any additional salt to the brussels sprouts.

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Add the brussels sprouts to the preheated air fryer.

Once the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the brussels sprouts and bacon out on the air fryer tray.

They should be in one layer with as little overlapping as possible. This will help with even cooking.

cooked brussels sprouts in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the brussels sprouts and bacon until tender and crispy.

Cook the brussels sprouts for 9 to 12 minutes until tender on the inside and the bacon is crispy.

Gently shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes. Since every air fryer is different, your exact cooking time can vary slightly.

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These brussels sprouts are waiting to be served!

Once everything is cooked, remove the bacon and brussels sprouts and put them into a serving bowl. You can add more salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Once you air fry brussels sprouts with bacon, the leftovers store well.

Simply place them in a sealed container and store them in the fridge. They’ll last like this for around 3 days.

You can reheat them in the microwave or toss the brussels sprouts with bacon back into the air fryer for a few minutes!

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brussels sprouts on white plate with bacon on wooden board

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is a phenomenally delicious side dish. Easy to make in just minutes, this side dish is a real crowd pleaser for brussels sprouts and bacon lovers alike!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional; see notes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
  • 2-3 slices bacon

Instructions

  1. Cut off the stem end of the brussels sprouts and remove the outer leaves. Then cut the sprouts in half.
  2. Next, cut the bacon slices into small, bite-sized pieces.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. While you wait, add the cut brussels sprouts as well as the oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and bacon pieces to a mixing bowl. Gently toss everything (or use a spoon to mix) until the brussels sprouts are evenly coated in spices and oil.
  5. Once the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the brussels sprouts and bacon out on the air fryer tray. They should be in one layer with as little overlapping as possible. This will help with even cooking.
  6. Cook the brussels sprouts for 9 to 12 minutes until tender on the inside and the bacon is crispy. Gently shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes. Since every air fryer is different, your exact cooking time can vary slightly.
  7. Once everything is cooked, remove the bacon and brussels sprouts and put them into a serving bowl. You can add more salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The maple syrup will give the brussels sprouts a hint of sweetness and can caramelize the outside leaves. If you don't like the flavor or don't want some of the brussels sprouts to get quite dark and crispy, it's better to skip the maple syrup.
  • If you want the bacon to be very crispy, it would be better to make it first so that you can control exactly how crispy it gets. Then break it apart and add it to the brussels sprouts for the last two minutes of their cooking time.
  • If the bacon you are using is already very salty, you might want to skip adding any extra salt to the brussels sprouts.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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