Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If the idea of eating Brussels sprouts makes you want to run the opposite direction, I encourage you to try this recipe immediately. These Roasted Brussels Sprouts are nothing like the mushy, soggy, green little blobs that you remember rejecting as a child (trust me, I used to push them away too). They are deliciously crispy, richly caramelized, and almost sweet. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself eating these tasty morsels straight off the sheet pan like they’re candy!
The trick to cooking perfect, crispy Brussels sprouts is roasting them in the oven. This foolproof recipe will ensure you cook up a scrumptious pan of Brussels sprouts every single time.
These Brussels sprouts make the perfect side dish for so many different recipes, plus they’re impressive (and delicious) enough to serve for a special occasion!
Despite the unfortunate childhood associations, I’ve found that even the pickiest of vegetable eaters still enjoy this recipe (they also love this Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Cabbage. Fun fact: cabbage and Brussels sprouts are actually related).
Roasted Brussels sprouts require fewer than 10 minutes prep (I just spent longer checking Instagram), and any leftovers you don’t immediately demolish can be gently reheated the next day in the oven.
I love making a big batch of roasted Brussels sprouts at the beginning of the week, then enjoying the leftovers in salads, on pizza, or mixed with pasta in the spirit of this Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese.
The best way to enjoy these roasted Brussels sprouts, however, will always be right off of the sheet pan.
Don’t believe me? Try this recipe for perfect Brussels sprouts, and I bet you too will sneak bite after bite!
All About Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Here’s the run down on my go-to green vegetable.
Are Roasted Brussels Sprouts Good For You?
YES! Like their vegetable counterparts, Brussels sprouts are packed with nutrients that benefit your overall health. Ready for some science?
- Brussels sprouts have kaempferol and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which may inhibit cancer growth, prevent inflammation, and benefit heart health.
- With high levels of fiber, Brussels sprouts can support digestive health and possibly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- Brussels sprouts contain high amounts of vitamin C, which benefits immune health, iron absorption, collagen production and the growth and repair of tissues.
How to Trim Brussels Sprouts
While you can make roasted Brussels sprouts whole or halved, I recommend trimming and halving them for this recipe.
- To trim: Using a knife, trim off the bottom of the tough stem end of each Brussels sprout. Then, remove any yellow or damaged leaves, and cut each Brussels sprout in half lengthwise, from tip to trimmed end.
How to Roast Brussels Sprouts to Crispy Goodness
You may not be as much of a Brussels sprouts fiend as I am (yet!), but I bet you’ll discover your secret love for these tasty little veggies too after trying this foolproof roasting method.
- Fresh Brussels sprouts. The ideal Brussels sprouts will be bright green and fairly firm. Try to avoid ones with lots of wilted leaves around the outside.
- If you want to make this recipe with frozen Brussels sprouts, thaw them completely, pat them dry, and place them in the oven without any oil so they dry out even more. Then, remove from the oven, and cook as directed. I’ve done this a number of times, and can tell you that the texture won’t be nearly as pleasing. I recommend using fresh whenever possible.
- Olive oil. Essential for perfectly crispy, caramelized, and flavorful sprouts! Olive oil coats each Brussels sprout and helps it crisp up nicely in the oven. If you need to make roasted Brussels sprouts without oil, I recommend swapping in 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and omitting the added salt.
- First, place your oven rack in the upper third of your oven. To save washing a bowl, grab a large rimmed baking sheet, and lay your Brussels sprouts directly on it. Drizzle your olive oil over them, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper (plus, any additional seasonings you like). Mix until the Brussels sprouts are fully coated.
- Spread them out so they make a single layer on the baking sheet. For the most crispy Brussels sprouts, flip each one to be cut side down (it’s well worth the extra 45 seconds, I promise).
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. The Brussels sprouts should be crispy and lightly charred on the outside. Depending on the size of your Brussels sprouts, you may want to check them for doneness a little early.
How to Store and Reheat Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- To store. Place cooked Brussels sprouts in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- To reheat. Add leftover cooked Brussels sprouts to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Rewarm in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5 or so minutes, until heated through. You can also reheat them on a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, though the texture will be more soggy than if they are reheated in the oven.
- To freeze. Because they can become soggy, I don’t recommend freezing roasted Brussels sprouts. However, if you end up with lots leftover, you certainly can freeze them. Place cooked, fully cooled Brussels sprouts in an airtight freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let roasted frozen Brussels sprouts thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat as directed above.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Variations
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Parmesan. After about 10 minutes of roasting, remove the pan, and sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over the tops of the Brussels sprouts. Then, place the pan back in the oven to finish baking. Yummy, golden cheese will be waiting for you at the end.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic. During the final 5 minutes of baking, drizzle the Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat, and return the pan to the oven to continue baking as directed.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic. Follow this deliciously simple recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon. Cut about 8 slices of bacon into 1/2-inch pieces, and sprinkle the pieces evenly around the pan with the Brussels sprouts. Both will finish cooking about the same time. This version would also be great with pancetta!
What to Serve With Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Chicken. One of our favorite meal combinations! Lemon Butter Chicken, Sheet Pan Italian Chicken, Baked Chicken Parmesan, and Skillet Tomato Chicken would all be sublime.
- Salmon. For a healthy dinner that you can serve all year long, try pairing them with Lemon Pepper Salmon, Baked Salmon in Foil, or Soy Ginger Salmon.
- Pork. Crock Pot Pork Chops are a perfect complement to these Brussels sprouts.
- Pasta. Serve your roasted Brussels sprouts alongside a hearty plate of this Penne Alla Vodka.
Recommended Tools for Making Brussels Sprouts
- All purpose sheet pans. One of my most beloved and essential kitchen tools.
- Fish turning spatula. IDEAL for flipping pans of roasted veggies.
- Non-slip cutting board. This can help make your chopping process easier.
- Grater (for the Parmesan). I like a box grater box grater like this one or a coarse plane-style grater like this one.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts - trimmed and halved
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil - plus 1 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional flavor additions*
- Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Brussels sprouts in the center of a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any other desired spice additions. Gently mix until the Brussels sprouts are evenly coated, then spread them into a single layer on the baking sheet. For even better crisping, flip the Brussels sprouts so that they are all cut sides down.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the Brussels sprouts are lightly charred and crisp on the outside and tender in the center. The outer leaves will very dark too. Watch carefully towards the end of the baking time, as the cooking time will vary based on the size of your sprouts. Season with additional salt and/or pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.
- *See recipe variations in blog post above.
- TO STORE: Place cooked Brussels sprouts in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- TO REHEAT: Add leftover cooked Brussels sprouts to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Rewarm in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5 or so minutes, until heated through. You can also reheat them on a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- TO FREEZE: Because they can become soggy, I don’t recommend freezing roasted Brussels sprouts. However, if you end up with lots leftover, you certainly can freeze them. Place cooked Brussels sprouts in an airtight freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 12 months. Let roasted frozen Brussels sprouts thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat as directed above.
*Health benefits of Brussels sprouts mentioned in this article were sourced from Healthline and are meant to be for general information, not any kind of specific medical advice. For specific dietary needs, I always recommend contacting your doctor or seeking professional advice.
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