You Should Cook Brussels Sprouts In An Air Fryer. Here's Why

Brussels sprouts have been having their "it" moment for a few years now and they don't seem to be losing steam. Visit Detroit can't help but sing this vegetable's praises, even calling them a "staple at Detroit restaurants." Philly Magazine reveals these mini cabbages adorn their restaurants' pizzas and have even found their way into the sweet and spicy world of Kung Pao. 

There's even a Brussels sprouts fan club. Founding member Gina Mancuso told the publication, "It's sort of like a book club, but instead of reading and discussing books we eat and discuss Brussels sprouts." In fact, the group has a rule that if you are eating these sprouts without any of the other members, you have take a photo of the Brussels sprouts dish you are chowing down on and share it with the entirety of the club members via text.

It may sound insane given how despised Brussels sprouts were when we were kids, according to Popular Science, but people are loving this cruciferous vegetable. They like them charred, roasted, grilled, pan seared, and even fried. But if you've never cooked your Brussels sprouts in an air fryer, you may want to add it to your bucket list because the world is telling us we are missing out. 

Makes sweeter Brussels sprouts

According to the New York Times, it's as if Brussels sprouts were created for the air fryer. The outlet explains that Brussels sprouts turn "crunchy" and "crispy" in this small appliance that has taken over our counter tops. But that's not all.

The Spruce Eats infers that because an air fryer doesn't require as much oil as regular frying or the amount of time to cook food in general, air frying Brussels sprouts can be both healthy and convenient. Per The Kitchn, because the air fryer utilizes such hot moving air, Brussels sprouts come out "sweeter" and more full of flavor, more so than any other way you might cook them. The food site shares that Brussels sprouts cooked in an air fryer also turn out crisp on the outside and "tender" on the inside, making them the perfect texture for your taste buds. 

If you do decide to try your hand at air frying these green babies, The Kitchn goes on to reveal this pro tip to make cooking your Brussels sprouts even better: Make certain you halve your sprouts so they cook quicker, and you also want a single layer when air frying this vegetable.