Crispy roasted balsamic Brussels sprouts are an easy and delicious appetizer or side dish. If you didn’t like Brussels sprouts before, these will change your mind! So will these.
Recipe originally published March 21, 2014 and updated September 13, 2019.
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CRISPY BRUSSELS SPROUTS ARE ONE OF OUR FAVORITE VEGAN SIDE DISH RECIPES
Pan roasted brussels sprouts are a game changer.
There was a time, not that long ago, when I would have turned up my nose at the idea of eating Brussels sprouts.
When I was growing up they were either steamed or boiled until they were a stinky, mushy, unappetizing, sorry excuse for a veggie.
Roasted brussels sprouts with a balsamic reduction, now that’s what I’m talking about!!
The syrupy balsamic vinegar lends a tangy rich flavor and the sugar in the vinegar helps to make crunchy brussels sprouts.
These are not your grandma’s Brussels sprouts.
WHY PAN-FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WILL MAKE YOU A BELIEVER
First of all, they’re not mushy. They’re crispy and crunchy.
They taste a little smoky, a little tangy, and caramelized.
The rogue crispy Brussels sprouts leaves that WILL fall off of the sprouts, get extra crunchy and add to the deliciousness of this snack.
You can serve them as a side dish or an appetizer.
HOW TO TRIM BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower; therefore, you need to do a little prep work to get them ready for cooking.
- Wash them well and peel the outer leaves off to ensure that there isn’t any dirt in your sprouts. Keep the leaves that fall off, they’re fabulous roasted!.
- Trim the tough end off of the sprouts and discard.
- Slice the sprouts in half lengthwise. This will help them get nice and crispy.
HOW TO MAKE ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Trim the sprouts and put them in a large bowl or on/in the pan you’re going to roast them in.
Drizzle the olive oil, balsamic glaze, and salt and pepper over the sprouts and toss until they’re completely coated in the oil and balsamic.
Place the flat side down on the pan and roast them for 15 minutes, then shake the pan a bit and roast for another 15 minutes, or until they’re a rich golden brown and crispy on the edges.
Drizzle a little more balsamic on top while they’re hot out of the oven, along with another grind of sea salt and black pepper, and toss.
Enjoy them while they’re hot.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE CRISPIEST ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
- Slice them in half, don’t roast them whole.
- If you want your sprouts to be really crispy, you need to coat them in oil.
- Don’t put the sprouts in the oven until it’s completely preheated, and make sure the oven is set for 425°F (218°C), a hot oven is what will make them get crispy!
- Depending on how your oven is calibrated, you may need to roast them for less than or more than 30 minutes. You want them to be a deep golden brown, so use your discretion when roasting.
- Enjoy them as soon as they’re cool enough to eat. The longer they sit, the less crispy they’ll become.
WHAT IS A BALSAMIC REDUCTION?
You may call it a reduction; others may call it a balsamic glaze, and then there are those that call it a balsamic syrup.
Regardless of the name, it’s the same thing.
A balsamic reduction is exactly what it sounds like. It’s balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced to a thick syrup.
It’s perfect for drizzling over a vegan caprese salad, or any salad for that matter.
To make a balsamic reduction, pour about one cup of good quality balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat and stir until it reduces to a thick syrup.
When it clings to the back of a spoon, it’s ready.
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- 1 ½ lbs Brussels Sprouts peel outside leaves off, trim the end off, and slice in half lengthwise
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic glaze some call it balsamic syrup, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
- Remove the outer layer of the Brussels sprouts and discard the dirty leaves. Trim the end off of each sprout and then slice in half vertically.
- Put the sprouts in a large bowl, a large (14 to 19-incskillet, or on a parchment lined (optional, but makes for easy clean-ubaking sheet and drizzle the 3 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of vinegar over the sprouts. Salt and pepper to taste and then toss until the sprouts are coated with the oil and balsamic.
- Spread them evenly out on the pan flat side down. You don’t want them to touch or they’ll end up steaming instead of roasting.
- Roast for 15 minutes and then shake the pan and roast for another 15, or until they’re caramelized and the edges are crispy. (SEE NOTE)
- Drizzle the remaining 1 tbsp of balsamic over the sprouts and toss.
- Best when eaten hot.
Depending on how your oven is calibrated, you may need to roast them for less than or more than 30 minutes. You want them to be a deep golden brown, so use your discretion when roasting.