Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the best simple and delicious side dish. They’re made with fresh brussels sprouts seasoned simply with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasted until caramelized and crisp-tender. 

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Brussels sprouts…you either love them or you hate them. But I guarantee you could turn some brussels sprouts haters into lovers if you give this recipe a go! 

These roasted brussels sprouts have the perfect crisp-tender texture and a delicious flavor that will make everyone rethink their stance on this controversial vegetable. 

And not only are these sprouts so tasty, but they’re so quick and easy to make, which means they’re perfect for whipping up with any weeknight dinner when you need a side dish! 

Tips and Notes

  • Wash and dry the sprouts well. Once they’re clean, it’s essential that you get rid of any excess moisture so they don’t end up soggy.
  • Cut evenly. All the brussels sprouts pieces should be pretty even in size so they cook at the same rate. 
  • Cook them flat-side down. The flat side caramelizes on the pan while the leafier side gets crispy. It yields the perfect texture every time. 
  • Serve right away. These are best hot and fresh out of the oven! 
  • Customize. Feel free to add other flavors with whatever spices or spice blends you have on hand! 

Storage

These roasted brussels sprouts are best enjoyed right away, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

To reheat, spread them back out on a baking sheet and cook at 350ºF until heated.

Roasted brussel sprouts in a colorful blue dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Cut the Ends Off Brussels Sprouts Before Roasting?

Yes! Part of the brussels sprouts prep is cutting off the white, knotty part of the vegetable. You definitely don’t want to eat that part. It’s much too fibrous!

Do You Need to Blanch Brussels Sprouts Before Roasting?

Nope, there’s no need! Roasting at a high heat creates the perfect texture; no blanching necessary.

Why Won’t My Brussels Sprouts Get Crispy?

There could be a couple of different reasons your brussels sprouts aren’t getting deliciously crisp-tender in the oven. Here are a couple of tips so that you can make sure you get the perfect texture every time!

  • Preheat the oven. It should be fully heated to 425ºF before you add the brussels sprouts in so they start crisping up right away. 
  • Dry the brussels sprouts well. Once the sprouts are washed, make sure you thoroughly remove as much of the moisture as possible. Extra moisture will steam them rather than roast them. 
  • Use olive oil. Coating the brussels sprouts in olive oil allows them to cook at a high heat without scorching them to get that crisp-tender, caramelized texture.

Can You Roast Frozen Brussels Sprouts?

I don’t recommend it. As the sprouts thaw in the oven, the extra moisture will mess with the roasting process and you may just end up with mushy sprouts. 

In theory, you could try thawing the sprouts ahead of time, then roasting them as directed, but my guess is they would still be mushy. Fresh is best! 

Blue oval dish filled with roasted brussel sprouts.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, washed, dried, with ends trimmed, cut in half, and loose pieces discarded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat.
    2 pounds brussels sprouts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Arrange the Brussels sprouts, flat side down, on a large baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Roast for 25 to 30 minutes until the bottoms are caramelized.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage information.

Notes

*Optional: Drizzle the sprouts with balsamic vinegar after roasting for flavorful topping!
 
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ¼ pound of brussels sprouts. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25poundCalories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 319mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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