This easy roasted brussels sprouts recipe proves one important fact:
Brussels sprouts really can be addictive.
Just try these sweet, savory, sticky sesame brussels sprouts, then try to get them out of your mind. It’s completely impossible! You will literally be dreaming about brussels sprouts. It’s what our mothers were trying to tell us all those years ago…
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“Eat your brussels sprouts! They’re good for you!”
Actually, I’ve always liked brussels sprouts. When we were growing up, my mom called them “baby cabbages,” which for some reason made me think they were super cute. Plus I wanted to be a rebel, so as soon as I heard kids were supposed to hate the little green vegetables, it automatically made me love them even more.
I’m not sure where the whole kids-hate-brussels-sprouts thing originated anyway, or if there’s any truth to it. Pretty much every single person I know loves brussels sprouts!
And when they’re roasted in the oven and tossed with sticky-sweet sesame sauce, they are especially easy to love.
I served mine with quinoa (see How To Cook Quinoa – The Easy Way) instead of rice.
Still being rebellious over here.
We tried both the regular and soy-free versions of the recipe and loved both, so feel free to go with whichever you prefer. The small amount of oil (just 1 1/2 tsp for the entire recipe) adds such a huge flavor boost that I recommend including it even if you’re on a mostly oil-free diet – it doesn’t add up to much per serving and makes a big difference in taste. Be sure to look for toasted sesame oil, which has a stronger sesame flavor. I usually buy mine at Trader Joe’s.
Sesame Brussels Sprouts
Adapted from my Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
Sticky Sesame Brussels Sprouts!
- 8 cups halved brussels sprouts
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1/4 cup white or cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
- 1/4 cup water
- sesame seeds, optional for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease one or two baking pans, or line with parchment. Arrange Brussels sprouts in a single layer in the greased pan. Bake 20 minutes on the center rack. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce, sweetener, vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. While waiting, stir together the cornstarch and water until cornstarch dissolves fully. Whisk this into the saucepan as soon as it boils. Turn heat to medium and cook–stirring–until it begins to thicken. Flip sprouts and bake 20 additional minutes or until desired texture is reached. Mix sauce with sprouts. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top if you wish.
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