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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Bacon: The Perfect Side Dish

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy side dish to serve with your dinner?

Look no further than air fryer Brussel sprouts with bacon!

This dish is simple to make and tastes fantastic. Plus, it’s a great way to try and convert those brussel sprout haters! The taste of Brussel sprouts in an air fryer is quite different to boiled sprouts.

brussel sprouts and bacon in a white bowl next to a black and white teatowel

How To Make Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts With Bacon

You can make as many servings as needed. The ingredients below should be enough for about 4 servings. I made these in a Ninja Foodi but they can be made in any air fryer.

brussel sprouts, bacon and garlic salt
  • 400g Brussel sprouts, halved – allow about 100g per serving
  • 200g bacon lardons (or 6 to 8 rashers of bacon, chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper (optional to season)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese – or another type of cheese.

Slice the Brussel sprouts into halves, or quarters depending on how large they are and put them in a bowl. Sprinkle the garlic powder over them and mix until covered.

brussel sprouts in a bowl with garlic powder

Add the lardons or chopped bacon to the Brussel sprouts and mix everything together.

Brussel sprouts and bacon pieces

Transfer over to the air fryer basket and cook at 180C/350F for 15 to 20 minutes. Check on them about halfway through and shake them about. They are ready when they are browned on the outside and soft on the inside.

Optionally sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese over the top while they are still hot, or, a minute before the end of the cooking time.

If you liked this recipe you might like some of my other air fryer recipes.

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air fryer brussel sprouts and bacon in bowl

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Brussels sprouts in an air fryer is the perfect way to enjoy this tasty side dish in less than 25 minutes!


  • 400g Brussel sprouts, halved
  • 200g bacon lardons*
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to season


  1. Slice the Brussel sprouts in half and place them in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic granules over them and optionally salt and pepper. Toss the sprouts about so that they all get covered.
  3. Add the bacon lardons and mix in.
  4. Transfer to the air fryer basket and cook at 180C/350F for 15 to 20 minutes. Check on them halfway through and give them a shake. They are ready when they are soft on the inside and browned on the outside.
  5. Optionally sprinkle with cheese, either 1 minute before the end of the cooking time or while they are still hot so that the cheese can melt a little bit.


*if you don't have any bacon lardons you can use bacon rashers and just cut them up.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

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Andrew Lawton

Sunday 17th of April 2022

I did this evening. I am new to the air fryer and it took me a while to work out the necessary settings. I get the feeling that the instructions were not written by a native English speaker … However, despite the sprouts being well past their prime they turned out rather nice. I used pancetta rather than plain bacon and I feel that the smokiness added that little something. I will be doing it again - with some decent sprouts!!

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