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Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The key to getting a good char on roasted Brussels sprouts is baking them in a single flat layer, and making sure they don’t overlap. This is a great recipe to show how to do that without using any oil.

sliced brussels sprouts in cast iron pan on wooden table

If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, it might be time to try them again. The key is how they are cooked, and this recipe shows the BEST way to cook them!

We love these roasted Brussels sprouts because they’re…

  • Slightly crunchy
  • Full of flavor
  • Loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • A great snack or side dish
  • Simply delicious

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raw brussels sprouts on stalk against dark background
Brussels sprouts grow on stalks like this.

Confession of former Brussels sprouts hater

When I was growing up, the only way I ever tried Brussels sprouts were boiled, and I never cared for them. My sister felt the same way. She actually said she hated them and, truthfully, we both pretty much did.

My sister used to be known in our house as The Vegetable Hater. She went through a conversion in her forties and adopted a plant-based lifestyle. No kidding! You can read about her success in the link above. If she did it, anyone can.

The best way to cook Brussels sprouts

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Roasting brings out the best in Brussels sprouts. The high temperature gives them a crisp golden outside while keeping them tender inside. They can even be made in an air fryer, so you don’t have to heat up the kitchen.

Most of the time, I buy fresh Brussels sprouts from the store but even frozen ones can be used here if that’s what you have on hand.

Always wash fresh Brussels sprouts with warm water to remove any grit and germs. I like to toss them into a colander and rinse them under warm water.

Roasted brussels sprouts

Do you need to slice them in half?

The first thing to do is to decide whether you want to slice the sprouts in half or roast them whole. To determine this, I always consider their size and that can vary at different times during the year.

If they are large, I will cut them in half and, if they are on the smaller side, I usually always keep them whole.

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

raw brussels sprouts on cutting board being sliced in half

I like to place the sprouts on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for oil-free baking. It also makes clean-up a breeze, because the baking sheet only needs to be wiped and put away.

Just make sure that the sprouts are in a single layer and not overlapped, so they can cook well and have a chance to get nice and crispy.

Other options for cooking them are roasting in a cast iron pan or cooking them in an air fryer.

sliced brussels sprouts on baking pan

Next, I like to mist the sprouts with lime juice and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Some folks prefer to use lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Any of these will work well.

Another great option is to drizzle them with a little maple syrup to give them a deep sweet flavor.

How long to cook them

Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes–depending on their size. If you decide to slice them in half or quarters, the cooking time can be reduced to about 20 minutes.

If you’re using an air fryer, cook them at 360°F for approximately 12 minutes.

Whichever cooking method you use, keep an eye on them near the end of the cooking cycle to make sure they don’t burn.

sliced brussels sprouts in cast iron pan on wooden table with wooden spoon

Tips for roasting Brussels sprouts

  • I prefer fresh Brussels sprouts but frozen can also be used.
  • Make sure to wash fresh sprouts thoroughly to remove grit and germs.
  • Baking time will vary depending on the size of the sprouts and whether you slice them in half or not.
  • Mist with lime juice, lemon juice, or balsamic vinegar to add to the flavor and help spices to stick.
  • Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika are all great spices to use.

*Originally published July 2015.

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Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Roasting brings out the best in Brussels Sprouts. The high temperature gives them a crisp golden outside while keeping them tender inside.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Frozen Brussels sprouts can be used, but fresh is much better, in my opinion.
  3. Always wash fresh Brussels sprouts with warm water to remove any grit and germs. I like to toss them into a colander and rinse them under warm water.
  4. The first thing to do is to decide whether you want to slice the sprouts in half or roast them whole. To determine this, I always consider their size and that can vary at different times during the year. If they are large, I will cut them in half and, if they are on the smaller side, I usually always keep them whole.
  5. I usually place the sprouts on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for oil-free baking. It also makes clean-up a breeze, because the baking sheet only needs to be wiped and put away.
  6. Other options for cooking them are roasting in a cast iron pan or cooking them in an air fryer.
  7. Just make sure that the sprouts are in a single layer and not overlapped, so they can cook well and have a chance to get nice and crispy.
  8. Next, I like to mist the sprouts with lime juice and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Some folks prefer to use lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Any of these will work well.
  9.  Another great option is to drizzle them with a little maple syrup to give them a deep sweet flavor.
  10. Bake at 400 for approximately 20-30 minutes, until Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
  11. They can also be made in an air fryer @ 360°F for 12 minutes

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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Bonnie

Friday 1st of May 2020

What container do you use to mist with lime juice because the lime is so acidic?

Terri Edwards

Friday 1st of May 2020

Hi Bonnie- I purchased a water bottle with a sprayer and simply removed the sprayer part to fit right on the lime juice bottles that I use. It fits perfectly, so I just spray the lime juice straight from the bottle it came in.

Cassye Delphy

Monday 6th of April 2020

Love love the idea of maple syrup instead of oil. Thank you!

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hi Cassye- You're very welcome. We had these for dinner last night with cornbread, beans, and corn. I have some new photos of this recipe coming up later today.

Moses Brodin

Friday 2nd of August 2019

Perfect who has extra roasted butternut squash…and wontons in the old freezer. I did!! Going into lab, aka kitchen!

Anna

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Wow this sound good. I will buy them and try it.

Cathy

Friday 14th of July 2017

I mix the sprouts lightly with balsamic vinegar or glaze THEN bake/roast them. (with additional spices you mentioned, except salt. Delicious!

EatPlant-Based.com

Friday 14th of July 2017

That sounds fabulous!