There was a time when Brussels sprouts were persona non grata at many a mealtime, but luckily, those days are long past. Now, everyone is all about this cruciferous veggie. So to celebrate we put together a list of the very best Brussels sprouts recipes to have on hand next time you get a serious craving. Turns out, there are so many ways to dress up sprouts and make them ultra tasty.
This cute little veggie has made its way from the compost to the centerpiece of many a Thanksgiving feast. But that’s not to say its previous bad reputation was unwarranted! Like a few of its fellow cruciferous friends, (broccoli, cauliflower, and collards) Brussels sprouts can have high amounts of glucosinolates which give them their characteristically sharp or bitter taste. Using a bit of fat can help to offset the bitterness, which is why they’re oh-so-good when you cook them in butter or bacon fat. Given that this is decidedly not how sprouts were cooked in the mid-century, it’s no wonder so many have historically turned up their nose at them.
If you’re a longtime hater, then you need to check out these delicious Brussels sprout recipes. This hearty winter vegetable is just begging for you to give it a chance, all you need is the right mix of ingredients to help it truly shine. I’ve also found that chopping them into smaller pieces helps to crisp them up.
Keep reading because you don’t want to miss out on the 15 best Brussels sprouts recipes around!
Why we love it: Camille loves to shred these into thin little ruffly bites, then do a hard sear in a cast-iron skillet to get them nicely charred. Sweet vinegar sauce and a sprinkle of pecans, dates, and chile flakes make this a nourishing veggie bowl you won’t want to miss. They’re pretty close to perfect.
Hero ingredient: Apple cider is the secret ingredient in the sweet vinegar sauce.
Why we love it: It’s the perfect combo of savory, salty, and sweet since bacon balances out the tasty touch of sweetness from the dates. It’s an extremely quick and easy recipe that you can whip up on a weeknight for a lovely little side dish.
Hero ingredient: Pan-fried halloumi is the perfect topper.
Why we love it: One of the beautiful things about a Brussels sprouts salad is that it has staying power—no melty, wilty, gooeyness to be found here. This is an easy shaved sprouts recipe that is sweetened with roasted beats and crunchy pecans, making it as delicious as it is healthy.
Hero ingredient: Beets are earth candy.
Why we love it: This dish is all about the charred and crispy caramelized leafy edges. Bacon and dates take these sprouts to the next level, though you could sub golden raisins in if you don’t have dates. A few halved radishes and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds dress up the meal and add points for presentation with minimal effort.
Hero ingredient: Even if you don’t usually subscribe to the “bacon makes everything better” ethos, here they give so much smokiness and depth of flavor that it really transforms the entire dish.
Why we love it: Whip up a flavor bomb with this easy salad. All you need are some apples, sprouts, bacon, and caramelized onion. It’s basically all our favorite fall flavors thrown together into salad form and topped with a delicious mustard vinaigrette.
Hero ingredient: Hot pretzels in a salad, what more could we want?
Why we love it: This is a creamy and comforting pasta dish that will warm your cockles on the coldest day of the year. Don’t be put off by the thought of sprouts in a pasta dish, it is seriously good. Add a little bacon and mascarpone and well, it can’t be beaten.
Hero ingredient: Pecans add a really lovely nutty taste.
Why we love it: Tacos just hit the spot like nothing else, and these Brussels sprouts tacos are one of Camille’s most successful vegetarian experiments of late. The spicy peanut sauce and mashed avocado make them feel substantial, making it a delicious, filling meal for even the pickiest eaters.
Hero ingredient: This peanut sauce is a stealth superhero that takes the rest of the ingredients and turns them into something addictive.
Why we love it: This is the perfect thing to serve vegetarians when you need to satisfy your craving for buffalo chicken. They’re deliciously crispy and tossed in a spicy and tangy buffalo sauce then loaded up with fresh herbs and crumbled cheese. Talk about mouthwatering!
Hero ingredient: That buffalo sauce is an absolute dream.
Why we love it: Coming together in just 30 minutes, this shockingly simple dinner couldn’t be more delicious. It’s a buttery, nutty, cheesy confection that is chock-full of delicious fall flavors.
Hero ingredient: It doesn’t get much better than this bacon pan sauce.
Why we love it: These simply cooked sprouts are not lacking in flavor. It’s the perfect side dish for any protein, you won’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to try this yummy recipe out.
Hero ingredient: Harissa sauce is a lovely and unexpected touch of zesty flavor.
Why we love it: This is the perfect balance of comforting, warming pasta and healthy, crispy shredded Brussels sprouts. It’s all about balance, right? Good thing it also tastes divine.
Hero ingredient: Pancetta is a nice deviation from all the bacon.
Why we love it: We just found your next easy weeknight go-to. It’s an Asian-inspired chicken dish that also happens to be a simple sheet pan dinner. It’s healthy, delicious, and will make you think you ordered takeout.
Hero ingredient: Gingery, sweet, spicy, and extra sticky soy pomegranate sauce.
Why we love it: Get ready to fall in love with this easy, simple, and delicious slaw. It’s as nutritious as it is satisfying and tasty. This is everything we could possibly want from a Brussels sprouts recipe.
Hero ingredient: You’ll want to guzzle the delicious orange ginger sauce.
Why we love it: This salad is bursting with some of our favorite fall flavors. You can’t go wrong with a sprouts and apple combo, and the addition of lightly caramelized onions and crunchy walnuts make it positively addictive.
Hero ingredient: Golden raisins add a bit of sweetness that balances out the rest of the ingredients.